Uruguay is a progressive nation on social issues. Uruguay was the first country in the world to provide women the right to vote, 12 years before France. Unlike Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay, Uruguay is a secular state that has not sponsored any religion since 1917. The populace is mostly Catholic, although not very devout.
There are a few gay and lesbian clubs in Montevideo and Punta del Este, but there is no public “queer” community outside of those two towns. In Ciudad Vieja, there is just one public memorial honoring sexual variety (the old city).
It was, however, the first Latin American nation to adopt a civil union legislation, and gay and lesbian tourists find it safe and friendly. In the Spartacus Gay Travel Index, Uruguay is rated sixth. Uruguay has allowed civil unions, which confer all of the privileges of marriage, as well as homosexual and transgender marriage, which was legalized in mid-2013. Gay tourists face minimal overt prejudice even in rural regions.