This is the beginning of our look into the country of Panama.
Our Central American neighbors have been a curiosity of some of the readers. I hope to share some useful information for those who are interested in traveling there.
Homosexuality is legal in Panama. Recent years has seen a developing scene and there are now about 4 gay bars and 3 gay clubs in Panama City. There have also been attempts to fight for gay and lesbian rights. In 1996 Panama's first lesbian and gay organization Asociación Hombres y Mujeres Nuevos de Panama (AHMNP) was founded. It recently received legal recognition after a 3 year battle with the authorities and the church. It is still the only gay and lesbian organization in Panama. Last year they presented a petition calling for Partnership rights, and in June 2005 Panamas first Gay Pride March was held with 100 AHMNP demonstrators.