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Gay Guide El Salvador
In El Salvador's penal code there is no mention of laws punishing homosexuality. There are laws regarding "moral behaviour and good habits" which allow judges an extended field of interpretation. The age of consent is set at 18 years, regardless of sexual orientation. New laws have been introduced which set out to eliminate abuse of minors any street prostitution. In general the situation of gay men in El Salvador is comparative to that in many western countries. They do not enjoy any form of prominent understanding, but are tolerated. This tolerance is particularly evident in the large cities. However according to the UNHCR reports for 2008 and 2010 there are frequent accounts of physical attacks and undisguised hatred. Every since 1996 a Gay Pride parade takes place each June. Bisexuality is common and in the larger cities you will find transvestites working as prostitutes at the roadside. In general discretion is advisable. El Salvador, the smallest country in continental America, has a diversity of landscapes, from Pine forests to Palm-lined beaches, impressive volcanoes and crater lakes. Numerous archaeological sites offer a picture of life in pre-Columbian times and the sleepy villages prior to colonial times.
Cities in El Salvador
Location: Pacific coast of Central America
International country code: 503 (no area codes)
International access code: 00
Area: 21,041 km˛ / 8,124 sq mi.
Currency: 1 El-Salvador-Colón (˘) = 100 Centavos
Capital: San Salvador
Religions: 60-70% Catholic, 25-30% Protestant
Climate: Tropical climate. The best time to visit is in the dry season (Nov-Apr).
Important gay cities: San Salvador