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Dr. Carlos Alemán of Centro de Diseño Denta (Clínica Dental) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Poster for a transgender event, Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNicaragua is a very conservative society. People don’t judge others based on their preference, but relevant to the laws, the LGBT does not exist here. There is no specific group that represents them or there might be but they are not well known. However, in general, people in the LGBT community are respected. If you are gay or lesbian in Nicaragua, people will not treat you differently. You won’t be attacked, as people here do not have phobia of the LGBT community.  
 
(Poster for a gay-lesbian-transgender event, Nicaragua, pictured.)
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Miss Gay Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNicaragua is in general an accepting place.  For example, many people contact me to ask, “Is there any issue with the gay community?” My response is, “Are you kidding?” The high school bands have boys as majorettes and are dressing up appropriately.  I find it amazingly refreshing.  
 
In addition, there is much more racial acceptance here in Nicaragua than there is in the States.  I don’t know of any racial tension at all in Nicaragua, although the east coast tends to have more of an African background than the rest of the country, which has more of a Spanish background. 
 
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Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Miss Gay Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingGays and lesbians are accepted, but in Nicaragua there are not a lot of open places where you would see members of the LGBT. In the big cities, I know there are places that cater to the LGBT, but in general, if you are a member of the LGBT, other people will not look down on you. It is not bad, but there is not a lot of LGBT communities here, so you don’t see them. 
 
(Poster of Miss Gay Nicaragua 2012, pictured.)
David Smith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
LGBT_flag_map_of_Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAs a member of the LGBT community myself, I have been surprised and delighted at how accepting Nicaragua and San Juan Del Sur has been. I have never had a problem.
 
As you get to know Nicaraguans and as the depth of your relationship grows, we get to know private information about one another and start sharing private information as well. I have found that the sharing of that information is considered perfectly acceptable, shareable, and even celebrated. It has been absolutely amazing.
 
My own experience here in Nicaragua as a member of the LGBT has been very welcoming. There is actually no need for specific gay venues or gay restaurants. I walk around town and tell people I have a boyfriend, and the next thing they tell me is to bring my boyfriend along. It is always taken with a pinch of salt.
 
Very often, Nicaraguans will first check that I have said “novio” (the male form of "boyfriend / girlfriend) and that I mean “novio”, as opposed to “novia” (the female form). And then as soon as I confirm that I said, “Novio, I have a boyfriend,” it is like I told them that I had cornflakes for breakfast. There is not a negative reaction at all. To the contrary, it has been something that has been celebrated.
 
So I can say that my experience has been one of welcoming and I have never had any bad experience being a member of the LGBT community in the 7 years that I have lived here in Nicaragua.
 
Diversity is something that is celebrated and taken for granted.  It fits overwhelmingly with a Nicaraguan phrase, “Cada cabeza es uno mundo”, which translates to “Each head is a world”. This is a phrase that Nicaraguans use to build respect for differences or accept differences of choice, life, opinions and other kinds of differences. They sort of shrug their shoulders if you do not agree with them because "every head is a world" and so "every world is unto itself."
 
That is a long answer to a very important question. It was unexpected and it was very delightful for me to experience.
Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Like in other Latin American communities, the LGBT is still a taboo even though as a community, they need acceptance by the whole Latin American community. That has a lot to do with the influence of the new pope, who, being from a mostly Catholic country, he has a big influence on certain views towards these social groups.
 
For the most part, you will rarely find any cases where a member of the LGBT community is harassed or anything of that sort, not anymore than they will be harassed in a bad neighborhood in the States.
 
To be completely sincere and frank, there are a lot of festivals in Nicaragua where people hold parades and dress up in a straight drag and that is a perfectly accepted part of the festival. So it is not so big of a taboo that people don't run around the streets dressed in drag as a culturally accepted part of the parade.
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community in Nicaragua everywhere.  There aren't any problems with that.
 
The government in Nicaragua is oriented to tell people that everyone is equal, that it doesn’t matter what is your sexual orientation.  It has been promoting the same rights for lesbians and gays as for everyone else.
 
Generally speaking, I’m very surprised that Granada, which is a very conservative, traditional city, is as open as it is to accept people with alternative orientation.
 
There are openly gay people living in Nicaragua, almost like San Francisco, California.  They even have parades in Masaya and Managua.  In Managua and Granada as well, we have gay and lesbian discos.  In Granada, we have hotels that are very open to gays and lesbians, that put the flag outside.
Juan Carlos Espinosa of Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Ecolodge & Spa – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I don’t think that gays, lesbians and others in the LGBT community would have any problem moving to and living in Nicaragua.  As a point of reference, I'm very familiar with Miami, and  I don’t think there would be any difference for gays and lesbians living in Miami as compared to living in Nicaragua.  Discrimination against gays, Lesbians and LGBT doesn't doesn’t appear to be an issue in Nicaragua.
Lucy Valenti of Liv Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Nicaragua has traditionally been a conservative LGBT Gay Lesbian Flag in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingcountry in the way that it deals with alternative lifestyles, but more and more the LGBT community has been accepted in the country.  I don’t know if it’s because, more recently, there has been more and more information about the LGBT lifestyle provided whereas in the past it was more hidden, or for other reasons.
 
More and more gays and lesbians are being accepted, and there are groups that  get together informally.  Even though Nicaragua is a very traditional country, most people don’t see the gay or lesbian lifestyle as a bad thing.  However, we don’t have as many or as large parades like they do in the States.
 
LGBT Gay Lesbian Parade in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWhile outward and public displays of affection between same-sex couples is not often done (because people are not used to it), gays and lesbians are accepted into communities without any problem whatsoever. 
 
Just like in the United States, the gay and lesbian lifestyle is more accepted and open in Nicaragua among younger people, even to the extent of public displays of affection.
 
The gay and lesbian lifestyle is slowly being accepted in Nicaragua; it is not a problem in general.  
Ana Francys Escoto of Benard & Brenes Law Firm – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In Nicaragua there are many clusters of sexual diversity in all departments or regions.
 
Nicaragua does not have a special law to protect the LGBT Community, however there has been an extension of the existing legal framework in Nicaragua in relation to the protection and non-discrimination of people of sexual diversity. With the approval of the new criminal code in 2008 (Law 641), this law eliminated homosexuality as a criminal act, and also approved many articles that protect the rights of LGBT, but these articles are directed to the non-discrimination of their sexual orientation.

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