Promoting Gay Tourism and Rights in the Dominican Republic

Gays-257x300Dominican Today writes that an LGBT group is working with government officials and travel industry representatives on a campaign designed to promote gay tourism and rights in the Dominican Republic. Members of the Center for Integrated Training and Research, a local advocacy group, met with Tourism Ministry and Tourism Police representatives in Santo Domingo. The group, known by the Spanish acronym COIN, has fought the AIDS epidemic in the country and throughout the Caribbean for more than two decades, according to the article. On Monday, Bob Satawake, husband of Washington ambassador James “Wally” Brewster, delivered the keynote address at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Noticias SIN reports that the president of the Dominican Council of Evangelical Unity (Codue), Fidel Lorenzo Merán, accused officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Satawake for allegedly promoting the Dominican Republic as a gay tourism destination.

Through a statement, Lorenzo Merán stressed that the country has many cultural, tourism and environmental assets to promote rather than branding the country with gay tourism.

For full articles, see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2015/2/3/54106/Gays-eye-Dominican-Republic-as-their-hub-Washington-Blade in English and http://www.noticiassin.com/2015/02/codue-acusa-a-turismo-y-embajada-eeuu-de-promover-rd-como-destino-turismo-gay/ in Spanish.

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  1. El Reverendo Lorenzo Merán commenting negatively on the article ‘Promoting Gay Rights and Rights in the Dominican Republic.” on the REPEATING ISLANDS blog(WIRD) which was reproduced from DOMINICAN TODAY publication(?-WIDNFR) provoked the following reaction from me: Al Reverend o Lorenzo Me r á n solo le importa lo que piensen la caterva de clérigos de la prejuiciosa y criminal derecha “cristiana” internacional capitaneadas por los fondos administrados desde los ESTADOS UNIDOS DE NORTE AMERICA y su derecha cristiana fundamentalista cuyas bien conocidas acciones promueven el odio fraticida y anti-cristiano en contra de toda expression de derechos humanos y de presencia universal de las personas que nos identificamos como miembros de la diversidad de género universal a la cual pertenecemos todos los que nos IDENTIFICAMOS(¡¡¡¡ VALGA LA REDUNDANCIA!!!!! COMO TALES Y A LA CUAL TODOS LOS SERES HUMANOS TENEMOS DERECHO POR “NATURALEZA”. No lo documento porque el Reverendo Merán los conoce muy bien. DO NOT BE ALARMED REVEREND MERAN. YOUR FUNDING IS SAVED. YOUR SOUL I AM NOT SO SURE. PERUCHOOCHO

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