If you've been reading this blog from the outset, or ever got bored enough to wade through the archives, you may have read a post on "Gay Rights in Nicaragua"
I wrote it, before I arrived here, as the result of being shocked to find out that homosexuality is still illegal in Nicaragua.
Illegal it may be, but the law is widely unenforced. In fact, I hear that homosexuality, in Granada at least, is very accepted.
As I have said before, Granada is not Nicaragua, but I just asked what the drilling was from across the road and I was told they were making the floats for the local Miss Transvestite parade and competition.
Okay, before anyone else points it out, I know transvestite doesn't equal gay but the fact that such a competition takes place does suggest accepting attitudes and open minds.
Final word goes to local travel Bible the Moon Handbook for Nicaragua.
On the subject of gay and lesbian travellers. it states:
"Despite the fact that homosexuality is officially forbidden by the Catholic Church and the state, Nicaragua has both a gay population and a society generally tolerant of homosexuality, although it is often misunderstood. For example many only associate the term with the transvestite prostitutes of Managua or the open cross dressers in some countryside villages.
"Also, many Nicaraguans consider the macho (dominant) partner of a male-male relationship to be straight and reserve the word maricon for the submissive partner (similar to prison culture in other countries); and for some reason, lesbian relationships are more socially frowned upon than male homosexuality."
It goes on to say that gay/lesbian travellers are unlikely to face problems..modicum of discretion..etc etc.
I hope that makes some sense. The post, mentioned earlier, seemed to get a lot of Google hits for "Gay, Granada" and I wanted to clear up any panic relating from what I originally wrote.