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.
Same-sex relations between consenting adults were officially legalized with the approval of the new Penal Code in 2005. LGBT rights in Puerto Rico have slowly begun to develop within recent years. Public discussion and debate about sexual orientation and gender identity issues have increased, and some legal changes have been made.
However, public opposition still exists due, in large part, to the strong influence of the Catholic Church and socially conservative Protestants. In 1991 the first LGBT pride parade was organized in Puerto Rico, and subsequent events occur each year in San Juan and Cabo Rojo. Between the 1990s and 2008, various LGBT community groups arose, as there has been more public discussion about sexual orientation, gender identity, human rights and the AIDS-HIV pandemic. Today, there are numerous Puerto Rican LGBT rights organizations and nightclubs.
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