Aruba is one of the southernmost islands (Antilles) that are affiliated with the Kingdom of the Netherlands in far off Europe. Along with Bonaire and Curaçao, these three tiny islands (called the ABC islands) just off the north coast of Venezuela are quiet nests of gay-friendliness where they live in a tolerant and mostly open
By Richard Ammon Globalgayz.com Summer 2016 Also see: Gay Cuba Stories Gay Cuba News & Reports 1997 to present Gay Cuba Photo Galleries My second visit to Cuba was in 2016 to visit old friends and meet new ones. The appearance of Havana is essentially the same as my previous visit ten years ago.
Gays, Ship Cruises and Homophobia in the Caribbean Slipping into port and out of mind Four friends of mine, all hard-working professionals, recently completed a cruise on one of the many mega-ships that sail among the hundred islands in the Caribbean Sea, many of which are little countries with their own languages, laws and currency.
As LGBT community becomes more visible, anti-gay violence rises, too. By Allyn Gaestel for Al Jazeera America November 8, 2014 Source: http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/haiti-lgbt/ (Note: see original story for more photos) Port-au-Prince, Haiti The courtyard, tucked off a quiet road here and ringed by mango trees heavy with immature green fruit, was bedecked with a rainbow
Intro: This story is the result of my first visit to that once-paradise island where gay life is still alive and humming although repressed. There are many faces of gay Cuba: risk, pleasure, hidden and playful. Not surprisingly, lesbigay folks dance a careful line between relative freedom and relative risk. But things will change: Fidel
Intro: This story is a compilation of reports, stories and news that I stitched together from numerous sources before I visited Cuba. It will give you a good idea about how controversial the homosexual issue is under socialism. Fidel Castro died on November 25, 2016 evoking sadness and joy among native and expat Cubans. His
Jamaican activist Angeline Jackson (photo right) visited San Diego and found loving support from St Paul’s Foundation in her quest to bring LGBT rights and tolerance to her native society–despite great odds. Also see: Jamaica Photo Galleries Gay Jamaica News & Reports June 10th, 2014 By Ken Williams San Diego Gay and Lesbian News
Sint Eustatius (Statia) is the sister island of St. Maarten, a short 45-minute ferry ride or 10-minute flight away. It is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Caribbean, a mere five square miles. Its land surface consists mostly of the inactive (for now) volcano called Mount Scenery. At 877 meters, this is the
Anguilla is a quiet little island of only 35 square miles located about 100 miles east of the British Virgin Islands–no discos, casinos, duty-free shops or cruise liners. Hardly anything is heard about this place other than real estate and tourist brochures and occasional news items about offshore finance or tax havens. Homosexuality in
St Eustatius is one of three northern Caribbean Dutch territories (Sint Maartin, Saba and Sint Eustatius) not far from the Virgin islands. There are three other Dutch territories (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) in the southern Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. All six islands offer a mixed bag of life and sites to LGBT visitors
Saba is the sister island of St. Maarten, a short 45-minute ferry ride or 10-minute flight away. It is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Caribbean, a mere five square miles. Its land surface consists mostly of the inactive (for now) volcano called Mount Scenery. At 877 meters, this is the highest point
Saint Martin has been a divided island since 1658, half French in the north (called Saint Martin) and half Dutch in the south (called Sint Maartin) . The whole island has a generally positive reputation of begin gay friendly. But that does not mean there is a bubbly gay scene. In neither half is there is a unified community that rallies around a gay center (there is none) or a gay Pride parade (there is none). This story is about the southern Dutch half of St Maartin.
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Bermuda is another island in ‘paradise’ where thousands of northerners go for a taste of foreign life and a balmy semi-tropical climate, even in the cold season. It is a small island (actually more than one) that has a certain mystique due to its hidden treasures troves of off-shore bank accounts and due to its hypocritical attitude toward LGBT people. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1994 but no further action or laws were approved to prevent discrimination against these citizens. But hundreds of thousands of tourists go there each year unaware of the mysteries.
Montserrat Island is a mere 40 sq mi of land surface and has been the ‘target’ of enormous natural disasters. In 1989 destructive hurricane Hugo virtually wiped out the entire island and in 1995 its main volcano blew up and made a wasteland of the entire southern half of the island. Any modest sign of
Gay Life in St Vincent and the Grenadines follows close on the unhappy LGBT situation in nearby Grenada–it is illegal, stigmatized and not tolerated well by the locals. But, at least Grenada has one LGBT organization. St Vincent has none. A Bad Situation and a Bad Law Gay Life in St Vincent and the
“Marginalized populations start off at a stage of questioning and paranoia. Then there’s this long journey where you go along until you eventually are comfortable with yourself and you can function as a “normal” person. And I think if we can speed up that process (in Grenada) as much as possible so that people can
Being gay in Saint Lucia is walking a fine line between expressing desire and love mixed with fear of being caught, convicted or bashed. Here is an online-researched report that summarizes various findings about homosexuality in this beautiful, scenic, appealing tourist-friendly island nation where same-sex behavior is criminalized and HIV is highly stigmatized.
An interview with St Lucia’s outspoken LGBT lesbian activist reveals her optimism and courage in the face of daunting circumstances for gays in her island nation where homosexuality is still criminalized and Christian homophobia runs high. Kenita Placide (photo right) is at the forefront of the Gay and Lesbian movement in Saint Lucia. Dressed
The situation for LGBT locals and visitors in the Bahamas is mixed. Homosexuality is legal but homophobia is high yet many gay locals ignore all that and get on with their lives. There is no public gay life to celebrate, no parades, no Rainbow flags, no activist organization, no LGBT tour promotions, no legal protections and only a few quiet gay bars and clubs downtown in Nassau.
In many Caribbean island-nations and territories, LGBT (gay) life can consist of a rosy romantic cruise or a languid lounge on a picturesque beach topped with a gay party in the evening. But not for all, especially native born LGBT citizens whose families descend from indigenous Caribbean cultures such as Taino, Arawak, Caquetio (and a dozen others) as well as Spanish and African cultures where homosexuality is not usually a welcome trait. There is wide variety of gay people in the Caribbean but the widest separation is between northern American and European white tourists and the local-born ‘natives’ of these islands. We are everywhere and we are everywhere very diverse.
History and Geography Bonaire Island is not big but it’s not a speck either; it covers 111 sq mi (294 sq km) which is enough for a small colony of locals. expats and visitors. It is is a special ‘municipality’ of the Netherlands, a mere 4416 miles (7108km) away so it not likely the Queen’s
Curacao is a small Caribbean island that is an independent country. It is not hard to quickly discern the attitude here toward LGBT people–at least to tourists to whom the welcome sign reads: “Welcome. “Live and Let Live” or “Biba i laga Biba”. But homophobia is an undercurrent here as well and natives do not come flying out of the closet.
Puerto Rico is the most gay-friendly island of all the nations, territories and dominions of the Caribbean. Perhaps Havana, Cuba has more LGBT people but the scene there is muffled by the authorities who are willing to look the other way but only up to a point. No such restraint appears in PR which is an overseas territory of the USA and therefore is freer and happier place to be gay.