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Gay Guide Caribbean - Dominican Republic
The laws in the Dominican Republic make no distinction between homosexual and straight relations between adults (over 18 years). However, Article 330 of the penal code punishes "every violation of decorum and good behaviour on public streets" with a penalty of up to two years in prison, so it is advisable not to display too much affection in public, although this law is rarely applied. Other discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does not appear prevalent. As in many Spanish-speaking Catholic countries a discrimination and segregation applies between different economic groups. A large percentage of the male population appears to be bisexual. Many gay men lead double lives, due to family restraints and general attitudes towards homosexuality. Santo Domingo is developing a small, but interesting gay scene, with a couple of nightspots and is well worth a visit. The media has a refreshingly gay-friendly attitude.
Cities in Caribbean - Dominican Republic
Name: Dominikanische Republik · République Dominicaine · República Dominicana · Repubblica Dominicana
International country code: 1 809 (no area codes), 1829 (mobile)
International access code: 011
Language: Spanish, English
Area: 48,671 km² / 18792 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Dom. Peso (Dom$) = 100 Centavos
Capital: Santo Domingo
Religions: 70% Roman Catholic, 18% Protestant
Climate: Tropical climate. There are 2 rainy seasons (Oct-May) along the northern coast (May-Oct) in the south.
Important gay cities: Santo Domingo
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