Bahamas: Gay and Lesbian

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Bahamas Gay and Lesbian

Bahamian society is generally not very tolerant of gay and lesbian lifestyles and openly gay and lesbian behavior is widely frowned upon. Homosexual relationships have been legal in the Bahamas since 1991 and no longer carry prison terms and resorts like Sandals have been lobbied and eventually forced to not discriminate in their practices against gay and lesbian tourists. Despite this, there are no laws preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the Bahamas and homophobia continues to be widespread. Though there are gay tourists and even gay and lesbian cruises which come to the Bahamas, it is generally not a recommended destination for same sex partners or gay and lesbian tourists.