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Homosexuality in the Dominican Republic

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Dominican Republic.

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Homosexuality in the Dominican Republic

Post Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:05 pm

by Expat Focus columnist, Lindsay de Feliz

This country constantly amazes me as you expect things to be a certain way – and they are not.

The Dominican Republic is a staunchly Catholic country, catholicism is the national religion and it is said that around 80% of the country are Catholics, albeit not all practising. In addition, in several areas you feel like you have travelled back in time, especially in the countryside where the donkey is the main form of transport, no running water and no electricity. So I expected that prejudices would also be as they were in the UK decades ago. But the Dominican people are very open, very friendly and accepting of who you are and consequently homosexuality is more prevalent here than anywhere else in the Caribbean, with perhaps the exception of Cuba. In fact the DR it is the most gay friendly country I have ever seen. However although homosexuality is legal, gay marriages are still not recognised...

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Re: Homosexuality in the Dominican Republic

Post Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:43 pm

Thats one reason I won't travel there. Saying you're Catholic and actually being Catholic are 2 different things. The Bible clearly speaks against Homosexuality. If you want to be queer you can't be an honest catholic.


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Re: Homosexuality in the Dominican Republic

Post Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:56 am

The Dominican Republic is divided over supporting or opposing the gay community. About the marriage of 2 men, I`d say about 80% opposes it. One thing is to allow someone to be gay, and another is to let them be too open about it. As long as there`s discretion and respect, most DR people will allow it. If you travel to DR you will not easily see two men go hand in hand, because over 90% of homosexuals are not open about it.


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