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Gay Guide Caribbean - Bahamas
Homosexuality is not illegal in the Bahamas. Only gay sex acts in public are deemed an offense, punishable with up to twenty years in prison. The age of consent for heterosexuals is 16 and 18 for gays and lesbians. Residents and visitors alike are asked to comply with the laws relating to public decency. One cannot say that the general attitude here is hostile. The first Pride took place in 2014, but was unfortunately unable to draw any natives, owing to the massive pressure exerted by the media and Church, so that only 11 gays and lesbians from abroad attended it. The organizer moreover received death threats. The events highlight how deeply homophobia is anchored in Bahamian society.
Cities in Caribbean - Bahamas
International country code: 1 242 (no area codes)
International access code: 011
Language: English, Creole
Area: 13 939 km² / 5,381 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Bahama Dollar (B$) = 100 Cents
Religions: 32 % Baptist, 20% Anglican, 19% Catholic & 6% Methodist
Climate: Subtropical climate. Tropical storms in autumn (May-Nov)