What''s the most gay-friendly country in Latin America?
Argentina has gay marriage, as do parts of Brazil and Mexico, and I hear Colombians have come a long way, with most people in Bogota favoring gay marriage, though they don''t have it yet? %0D\
What country in Latin America would be most welcoming overall?
It''s definitely either Argentina or Uruguay, OP. I''d agree that Colombia has come a long way in just the past decade, and that Chile is getting more and more gay-friendly by the year.
Former Denizen of Latin America (Yes, All Over The Continent)
How about Finland? I understand the president used to run a gay rights organization (though she is straight).
The name of the continent is SOUTH America
r3, Finland is in Europe.
Mexico, as long as you keep it in the closet. Mexicans like their dicks sucked, PERIOD. Doesn''t matter who does it.
Yes, but people can still refer to Latin America as a region, R4. Perhaps OP didn''t want to refer to Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and the Falkland Islands.
Oops! Sorry. Wrong thread.
Definitely Uruguay. First country to have civil unions.
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jeez, post on the right thread, ijjits
The most gay-friendly country in Latin America is Argentina, then Uruguay, and then Colombia and Chile. Brazil is number 1 country in the world with most killings of gay people. In terms of gay-laws the most advanced are Argentina (full gay-marriage) and Colombia (civil unions with equal rights like citizenship, heir, health and tax benefits, it is expected that this year gay marriage will be approved), Chile and Uruguay are soon to discuss the subject too. Mexico and Brazil have large gay population but laws are not at the level of the other countries and the society is not that accepting.
Source: I am official observant for gender equality and LGBT issues in Latin America.
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What about Belize? Costa Rica?
And you're obviously a biased portena, Julie. Of course Brazil has more killings; there's 200 million people to Argentina's 40m.
Culturally, Brazil is more open, without the silly Gaucho machismo except in Rio Grande do Sul. Biggest gay pride parade in the world. A whole beach on Ipanema. More and better nightlife. On novelas and news. The late Cazuza. Try observing some of that.
A huge pride parade isn't great evidence of overall gay friendliness.
I have traveled in Mexico, Venezuela, and Chile with my partner. We have had no problems and have been warmly welcomed, met wonderful people and made many friends, including among straight Latin Americans from many countries (both locals and tourists). Of course, as in most countries, including the U.S., it depends where one goes and whom one is meeting.
In fact the only homophobia I have ever encountered in my travels was on an Aer Lingus flight back to New York from Dublin. A passenger was giving me and my partner some very mean looks whenever I touched his arm. I have no idea what this passenger's national identity was by the way, nor do I make any assumptions with respect to it.
R4, R2 could be Latin American educated and only recognizes one continent in the New World called "America" (none of this North/South business, just "America").
The first gay neighborhood (we call them villages in Spanish, so neighborhood would be the best fit, right?) in South America is in Colombia, OP.
Chapinero and Zona Rosa de Bogotá are basically Colombia's versions of Chelsea and the West Village at this point.
We have "de facto unions" and all of the equality that entails legally, but not yet proper marriage. Proper marriage is something I would give Colombia another two years if not less to get done for us.
Come on to Colombia, then, OP!
The gay lifestyle is still illegal in Guyana, why go there??
[quote]What about Belize? Costa Rica?
Well? I'm curious!
[quote] It's definitely either Argentina or Uruguay,
Heh heh... U R Gay.
Paraguay is 50% gay.
least gay-friendly is Venezuela. Homophobia is encouraged there by the "communist" government.
Having been there several times, I'd say Costa Rica is gay tolerant. They still have the old mentality of it's o.k., just don't flaunt it in our face. Vestiges of the Catholic Church dictum, which I hope is finally getting better. Some of the most handsome men I've ever seen were CR'ns (known as Ricos).
It depends on the country, your socioeconomic level and also, your race. A middle class white European (as well as US American and the likes) person, will normally be received with a level of tolerance, openness and friendliness that's far above and beyond what would be afforded to (or rather, denied), to locals or non-Caucasians. Unless you are unusually unlucky or go to very degraded areas with beset by violence and crime, you have nothing to fear.
In general, countries where where income disparities are less extreme and are, both culturally and racially, more European, are more tolerant (Uruguay, Argentina and, to a much lesser extent, Chile). Countries where poverty is rife, religion still plays a very important role in society and race and gender still condition how well or unwell people are treated, things are not so positive (in short, the rest of the Latin America).
Uruguay or Argentina.
Costa Ricans are Ticos.
R4 "Latin America" includes Mexico, Central America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. "South America" does not.
What about Easter Island and the Galapagos?
How about the Antarctic?
It's definitely Uruguay.
So, stupid, Debbie. It's Uranusquay.
In Latin America, there is more of a problem regarding racism than homophobia.
Anyway, Mexico is definitely not the most welcoming. If you're a feminine gay and don't live in an affluent area, you will likely be harassed and possibly threatened/beat up.
Argentina, then Uruguay, then Mexico
Cuba has recently done a near 180°.
How about in Central America?
Uruguay, although there will be an attempt to undo recent liberal reform
Argentina and Uruguay may be equal in their being "gay friendly," but Uruguay has absolutely NO gay social scene, whereas Argentina's is huge.