Far from the crowds of Asia and American lies tiny Guam in the western Pacific. Modern and historic, the island – and town of Tumon – is a miniature US state in many ways with its beachfront luxury hotels, glittery shopping malls, K-Mart, hetero strip joints and gay bars. But even these inventions don’t take away from the simple tropical beauty of the land. Jungled hills, countless palm-fringed beach coves and rural Chamorro villages make this a place of quiet beauty. Gay life is barely visible, laid back and comfortable. The only spoiler is the US military’s ‘dont ask-don’t tell’ policy. Also see: Gay Guam News & Reports 2001 to present Gay Guam Photo Gallery Gay Guam: One Island, Several Cultures and a Quiet Way of Gay Life November 2003 Updated October 2008 By Richard Ammon Owner, GlobalGayz.com In late November this speck of a Pacific island experienced an invasionSee the Full Version Here
Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean and is one of five U.S. territories with an established civilian government. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1976. Until recently gay life in Guam was closeted. In recent years a growing American style gay scene has developed and there are gay bars that come and go: Denial Bar seems to endure. Guam is a small place so islanders, native and foreign-are usually discreet. The Catholic church has some influence but behind closed doors people are more liberal. There is a large US Air Force base on the island which also considerably increases gay life on the island. When a Navy aircraft carrier comes into port the gay bars see more business.
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Capital: Hagåtña - Pop. 1200
Area: 541 sq. km. / sq. miles.
Language: English and Chamorro
Religion: Roman Catholic
Status of Homosexuality: Legal
Telephone Country Code: 1671
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Guam is a scenic Pacific protectorate island of the USA and home to a large military base. Not surprising there is a commercial and residential community that has built up to serve the base including a modest gay community and venues. Read the story about gay GuamSee the Full Version Here