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Gay and Lesbian Travelers in Nicaragua

The story of gay and lesbian rights in Nicaragua has been one of both triumph and setback in recent years. During the Sandinista era, homosexuals in Nicaragua enjoyed greater rights and freedoms than did their counterparts in much of the rest of Latin America. Unfortunately, this changed in 1992, when the new government passed a law that criminalized homosexual sex and opened the door for the harassment of gay rights activists. However, the tireless work of those same activists over more than a decade led the government to recently repeal the law. Gays and lesbians no longer have to worry about the criminal implications of their relationships.

That said, there is still a pervasive cultural taboo against homosexuality, and gay and lesbian travelers would be well-advised to avoid public displays of affection. This taboo is slowly eroding, however, with gay scenes emerging in Granada and Managua. Up-to-date information on gay-friendly hotels, restaurants and bars is available in English and Spanish at Gay Nicaragua (; be forewarned, the site also contains a significant amount of pornography. Unfortunately, public acceptance of lesbianism lags even farther behind that of male homosexuality, and there are no establishments or websites- pornographic or otherwise- that cater specifically to lesbian travelers in the country.

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
28 Apr 2009

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