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Freida
4/28/2016 09:17 EST

I know Nicaragua is one of the countries with laws against LGBT community but does anyone know how does it survive in such country? I heard Granada has a club but other than that anyone has any info?

glockdiver69
4/28/2016 10:08 EST

Hi,

I know of one gay guy in the area and he seems to get along just fine with his co-workers and neighbors. I have seen a few gays walking in the streets in Rivas and they were not bothered in any way. With that said, they were acting normal (just like everyone else) and they were NOT flaunting their "gayness" nor waving the rainbow flag like many do in San Francisco, CA. Point I am trying to make is that as long as you or anyone for that matter, acts like a regular person and does not throw their life-style in the faces of others, you should be OK and welcomed by all you meet. Nica's are some of the warmest, kindest people you will meet as long as you are not an A$$ and just act normal.

Hope that helps.

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mate31658649
4/28/2016 11:58 EST

I do not know the laws, but I have observed that Nicaraguans are very tolerant and accepting people. I have met openly gay men and lesbians and, to the best of my knowledge, they have not experienced discrimination. Also, there are different religions and races in Nicaragua and I have not seen these individuals discriminated against. In Nicaragua, it is not unusual to see marriage between individuals of different religions or races.

elduendegrande
4/28/2016 12:48 EST

If my family is any indication, open gays are something to be laughed at, not feared or hated.

People who are reasonably discreet should have no problems. Don't put yourself in co promising positions with local young people. Don't expect parades to be thrown in your honor.

The Nic govmint recently affirmed its support for traditional Christian marriage, This is part of the bedrock deal between the leftist oligarchy and the Catholic church, so don't expect it to change soon.

ps: Nic. does not have races, so folks can leave their racial neurosis back in the former United States where it belongs.

elduendegrande
4/28/2016 12:51 EST

Also, I do not know of any Nica laws against homosexuality. Probably just a smear campaign against a country that doesn't promote it.

Freida
4/28/2016 14:58 EST

Thank you everyone for your inputs :) i will be traveling in a couple of weeks over there and hope to have a great experience.

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jbirdvaughn
5/2/2016 09:17 EST

I was at a fairly large parade for women's rights in Matagalpa and there was a section of the parade where there were 10 of 15 what seemed like real flaming gay guys in glittery and risque drag. They seemed well accepted and I didn't hear any negative comments or looks from the crowd.

elduendegrande
5/2/2016 15:01 EST

there used to be a flaming couple in downtown Esteli who seemed to have a lot of fun amusing the locals. Nic. is a very tolerant society with a culture of being friendly to strangers.
With Comrade Frank in the Vatican who knows what the future holds, but I think the local deal between the Sandinistas and the Bishop will hold for quite some time.

tpcooper
5/4/2016 08:04 EST

I am a gay man living in Managua and dating a local Nicaraguan.

I have found it more comfortable being here as a gay man that I would have expected. I assumed it would be kept a secret 100%, but that has not ended up needing to be the case.

There are enough gay people here that people figure it out even if you are not "flaming."

Obviously when I am at the same restaurants etc. with the same guy on a regular basis with no other people it is pretty obvious.

No one, at least in sight of me has ever laughed, teased, or made a comment about it. What people say behind my back, if anything, I have no idea!

I think the same rules apply for an LGBT tourist that apply to anyone else as far as being safe. Be extra careful at night, be aware some neighborhoods are bad like anywhere else, if you are lost don't look lost...etc,

I have actually never been hassled, and my boyfriend only tells me one story where he has been.

So in sum, just be smart like any tourist should be and you will be fine.

Freida
5/5/2016 11:11 EST

Is there such thing of a city being more open than others? or more having a bigger community?

atz111
5/5/2016 11:36 EST

Granada is fine. Many of all types here…you'd not even get a second glance…unless of course you flirt.

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