Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as the department and municipality  by the same name. It is the largest city in Nicaragua in terms of population and geographic size. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, the city was declared the national capital in 1852. Prior to its inception as the capital city, the title had alternated between the cities of León and Granada. The city has a population of roughly 1,800,000, composed predominantly of mestizos and whites. Managua is the second most populous city in Central America after Guatemala City.

In Managua there are four leading LGBT (gay) groups. Together they make up central alliance is the Strategic Group for Sexual Diversity Rights (GEDDS): -Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH); -Grupo Safo (Lesbian group); -Centre for International Studies (CEI); -Nicaraguan Association of Transsexuals (ANIT)



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Old cathedral, damaged in earthquake in 1972; no money to
Old cathedral, damaged in earthquake in 1972; no money to repair it.
National Museum
National Museum
Pro-Ortega graffiti
Pro-Ortega graffiti
President's offices
President's offices
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Along the Malecon promenade
Diggers and scavengers along the polluted Lake Managua
Diggers and scavengers along the polluted Lake Managua
Amphitheatre
Amphitheatre
National Theatre
National Theatre
Heroic statue of ?
Heroic statue of ?
Monument to the miners
Monument to the miners
Monument to the miners
Monument to the miners
Poor squatter homes
Poor squatter homes
Local store behind bars
Local store behind bars
Fruit stands like this help support poor families
Fruit stands like this help support poor families
Local duck caught in a plastic bag See this video about
Local duck caught in a plastic bag See this video about plastic bags worldwide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuJ31bu01mM&feature=featured
Local store
Local store
Typical neighborhood scene
Typical neighborhood scene
Home-made transportation
Home-made transportation
Most local buses are used American school buses
Most local buses are used American school buses
Black and red colors of the FSLN political party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandinista_National_Liberation_Front)
Black and red colors of the FSLN political party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandinista_National_Liberation_Front)
Waiting at the local bus stop among food vendors
Waiting at the local bus stop among food vendors
Polluted drainage system
Polluted drainage system
Supreme Electoral Advisory commission
Supreme Electoral Advisory commission
Galerias is a modern shopping mall
Galerias is a modern shopping mall
Galerias is a modern shopping mall
Galerias is a modern shopping mall
Clever restroom symbols in Galerias
Clever restroom symbols in Galerias
Galerias shopping mall
Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
Inside Galerias shopping mall
A Costa Rican bikers club passing through Managua
A Costa Rican bikers club passing through Managua
Bikers in front of InterContinental Hotel
Bikers in front of InterContinental Hotel
Hilton Hotel in 'new' Managua
Hilton Hotel in 'new' Managua
Largest gambling casino in Managua
Largest gambling casino in Managua
Largest gambling casino in Managua
Largest gambling casino in Managua
Main roadway into Managua
Main roadway into Managua
Michael in front of a Pharaoh's gambling casino mural
Michael in front of a Pharaoh's gambling casino mural
Richard in front of a Pharaoh's gambling casino mural
Richard in front of a Pharaoh's gambling casino mural
Mr Handsome billboard
Mr Handsome billboard
Casa Bruno Giordano is the home of Nicaragua's LGBT rights
Casa Bruno Giordano is the home of Nicaragua's LGBT rights organizations
Gay and gay-friendly groups in Managua:  -Centro de Estudios Internacionales
Gay and gay-friendly groups in Managua: -Centro de Estudios Internacionales (CEI) -Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH) -Grupo Safo (Lesbian group) -Nicaraguan Association of Transsexuals (ANIT) -Movimiento Social Nicaraguense, -Jovenes Dialogo
Marvin and Bismark of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights
Marvin and Bismark of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Staff member of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Staff member of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Poster in office of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights
Poster in office of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Interior of Casa Giordano
Interior of Casa Giordano
Posterboard at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Posterboard at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Marvin is a volunteer with Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human
Marvin is a volunteer with Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Vladmir, staff member at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights
Vladmir, staff member at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Poster at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH) "Love has
Poster at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH) "Love has no religion"
Poster at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Poster at Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Bismark is the director of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human
Bismark is the director of Sexual Diversity Initiative for Human Rights (IDSDH)
Nicaraguan Trans Association 'Visibility, Duties and Rights'
Nicaraguan Trans Association 'Visibility, Duties and Rights'
Marvin posing with Athiany of the Nicaraguan Trans Association
Marvin posing with Athiany of the Nicaraguan Trans Association
Human rights billboard sponsored by several gay/lesbian/trans organizations
Human rights billboard sponsored by several gay/lesbian/trans organizations
Bismark folding up the billboard canvas for next time
Bismark folding up the billboard canvas for next time
Rosa (right) is the coordinator of Safo, a small compassionate group
Rosa (right) is the coordinator of Safo, a small compassionate group of lesbians who care for one another and for other lesbians going through the double trauma of coming out and divorcing their husbands
Gay-owned Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy and quiet guest
Gay-owned Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy and quiet guest house on the outskirts of the city
Pool at gay-owned Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy and
Pool at gay-owned Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy and quiet guest house on the outskirts of the city
Lyndon, owner of Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy
Lyndon, owner of Viva Nicaragua B&B, a manicured, leafy and quiet guest house on the outskirts of the city
Viva Spanish language school in Managua is owned by Viva
Viva Spanish language school in Managua is owned by Viva Managua B&B http://www.vivaspanishschool.com/
Viva Spanish language school in Managua is owned by Viva
Viva Spanish language school in Managua is owned by Viva Managua B&B http://www.vivaspanishschool.com/
Viva Spanish language school in Managua
Viva Spanish language school in Managua
Student at Viva Spanish language school in Managua
Student at Viva Spanish language school in Managua
One-on-one teaching at Viva Spanish language school in Managua
One-on-one teaching at Viva Spanish language school in Managua
Looking toward Area Monumental and Lake Managua. Managua is the
Looking toward Area Monumental and Lake Managua. Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as the department and municipality by the same name. It is the largest city in Nicaragua in terms of population and geographic size. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, the city was declared the national capital in 1852.
Looking across Lake Managua from the hill Loma de Tiscapa
Looking across Lake Managua from the hill Loma de Tiscapa to volcanos.
Overview of Managua
Overview of Managua
Photo of presidential palace before the earthquake in 1972  (during
Photo of presidential palace before the earthquake in 1972 (during the 3-generation Samoza regime 1937-79).
In 1931 there was another earthquake that damaged the presidential
In 1931 there was another earthquake that damaged the presidential palace.
This ruin was once a prison, immediately below the presidential
This ruin was once a prison, immediately below the presidential palace
Tall advert sign for Flor de Cona in front of
Tall advert sign for Flor de Cona in front of big shopping center Metrocenter
Former Sandanista Daniel Ortege was elected president in 2007
Former Sandanista Daniel Ortege was elected president in 2007
During the war between Sandanista rebels and the Samoza government,
During the war between Sandanista rebels and the Samoza government, ended in 1990
Tank from the Contra War
Tank from the Contra War
Tank from the contra War
Tank from the contra War
Poor squatters' homes
Poor squatters' homes
New Catholic Cathedral
New Catholic Cathedral
New Catholic Cathedral
New Catholic Cathedral
War memorial
War memorial
Anti-Samoza rebel Augusto Sandino was assassinated by Samoza in 1934.
Anti-Samoza rebel Augusto Sandino was assassinated by Samoza in 1934.
Anti-Samoza rebel Augusto Sandino was assassinated by Samoza in 1934.
Anti-Samoza rebel Augusto Sandino was assassinated by Samoza in 1934.
Overlooking Lake Managua from the hill Loma de Tiscapa
Overlooking Lake Managua from the hill Loma de Tiscapa
Reservoir viewed from the hill Loma de Tiscapa; cathedral in
Reservoir viewed from the hill Loma de Tiscapa; cathedral in central background
Overlooking 'new' Managua with Metrocenter mall in center
Overlooking 'new' Managua with Metrocenter mall in center
Cable ride from the hill
Cable ride from the hill
Cable ride from the hill
Cable ride from the hill
Gate by the new presidential mansion
Gate by the new presidential mansion
Peace Park where thousands of weapons are buried in cement.
Peace Park where thousands of weapons are buried in cement.
Peace Park where thousands of weapons are buried in cement.
Peace Park where thousands of weapons are buried in cement.
Monument to women
Monument to women
Old cathedral, damaged in earthquake in 1972; no money to
Old cathedral, damaged in earthquake in 1972; no money to repair it.