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    Yes, I think so. I was there in May/June and chatted with a gay man from Jamaica who said he goes to Panama City every year for his vacation because it is gay-friendly.
    However, in Bocas del Toro, a male friend travelling solo said locals made negative remarks behind his back (thinking he didn't understand Spanish) about him being gay (because he was solo, I know, that doesn't make much sense). Nothing unsafe, but not super friendly either. almost 4 years ago

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    I checked with our friends over at gaytravel.com and this is their reply: Public display of affection between anyone is rather limited here because of the religious influences throughout the country and traditional flavor of the culture. There are however plenty of gay-friendly bars and clubs in the more urban parts and cities including the capitol. For more info on gay friendly destinations in Central America, check out http://www.gaytravel.com/gay-guides/central-america. almost 4 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    My boyfriend and I are traveling to panama to visit the main city, and bocas del toro. I also speak spanish but I am white. I will try to remember to come back to this site in a week to add some comments. Thanks! over 2 years ago

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    Not sure, as I don't have any personal experience. But I know one resort in Bocas del Toro, which is run by a gay couple and a great place to stay: Popa Paradise Beach Resort http://www.popaparadisebeachresort.com/

    If you want to find out more what you can do in Bocas, have a look at www.travelintense.com/bocas-del-toro over 2 years ago

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    Short answer: in daily life Panama is generally safe for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Superficially, everyone seems to get along.

    Long answer: Being gay and talking about acceptance and discrimination is a huge taboo... You can really only feel and notice that if you are member of the LGBTI-community... I'm gay and run an LGBTI- organisation, called: "UniĆ³n de la diversidad" http://uniondiversidad.org , so we have quite an idea about what's going on around here. Although people do not really get harassed on the streets, over 80% (Pew research, 2014) is against gay-partnership. Hate-speech is very common (especially online), see some articles on "The Panama Observer" http://thepanamaobserver.com about the topic too

    Police does abuse gay people if they feel like it, we have a file with may reported cases that are not solved or looked into.

    Some people do lose their jobs is if they openly come out of gay. It is our estimation that 60-80% is in fact in the closet. We have had cases of people that were thrown out of their parent's house and are forced to live on the streets. I know lawyers, doctors, business owners and politicians, that have to live inside the famous "closet", because they are afraid for their careers (and with reason).

    There is enormous stigmatisation going on here; gays are generally seen as feminine / hairdressers/ make-up artists but any other type of career will be very hard for an openly gay or lesbian person. We offer a weekly support group for LGBTI (first in Panama) and talk a lot about these topics, it's shocking to hear and see what comes up. Many people confuse being gay with pedofilia or zoofilia, which is very painful for us as gays.

    Some real estate ads will say: "No gays"... Just this week we started a case against someone regarding that advertisement. This happend frequently.

    The gaypride; it seems like this is all going smoothly, but this year the stage was ruined right before the parade. Possibly this was directed against the gay-community. I've walked with the gaypride and there are many people looking at the parade and shouting vulgarities such as "dirty gays", "You are all going to hell". about 2 years ago

    Answered by Paul via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Yes, I think so. I was there in May/June and chatted with a gay man from Jamaica who said he goes to Panama City every year for his vacation because it is gay-friendly.
    However, in Bocas del Toro, a male friend travelling solo said locals made negative remarks behind his back (thinking he didn't understand Spanish) about him being gay (because he was solo, I know, that doesn't make much sense). Nothing unsafe, but not super friendly either. Refer more at http://american-writers.org/ over 1 year ago

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