South & Latin America » Uruguay
Gay Guide Uruguay
Homosexuality is legal in Uruguay and is not prohibited by any regulations. The age of consent is 18 years for all. In August 2003, a new law came into force to protect sexual minorities from physical and defamatory attacks. Violations are punishable by imprisonment. At the same time, however, the authorities have enacted some regulations "to protect society from immorality". Sexual acts in public can be punished with up to 24 hours of imprisonment. In November 2007, Congress passed a law allowing registered partnerships. The condition is that the couple has been together for at least five years. The law includes pension and inheritance law as well as child education. In September 2009, it was also decided that homosexual couples should be treated equally with regard to adoption law. Same-sex marriage is permitted since August 2013 after having been passed by a large majority of the Chamber and Senate. Montevideo has an ancient architectural heritage with beautiful squares and lots of greenery. Throughout the year the city is full of life, especially in February during Carnival, that attracts with plenty of surprises. Gay life in Montevideo is exciting and offers many amazing locations just for gays. Uruguay is particularly beautiful in summer (December - February), the best season for holidays. The seaside resort of Punta del Este especially, known as "Star of the Gold Coast", attracts many visitors. Tourists from all over the world enjoy the possibilities for water sports and night life in the casinos and clubs. The nudist beach of Chihuahua with its fine white sand and dense green forests acn be found near Punta del Este.
Cities in Uruguay
|Colonia del Sacramento||Montevideo||Punta del Este|
Location: South America
International country code: 598
International access code: 00
Religions: 75% Roman Catholic
Climate: Winters are cold and wet with frequent rainfall. Summers are very hot. Best time to visit from Apr-Oct.
Important gay cities: Montevideo
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