The Canadian government has issued a warning to LGBTI travelers who are considering visiting the Bahamas.
The warning states that LGBTI tourists should be wary of the anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Carribean nation.
The warning states that ‘LGBTQ2 travelers should carefully consider the risks of traveling to The Bahamas [where] homosexuality is not widely accepted’.
‘A reasonable advisory to LGBTQ Canadians’
Erin Greene and Alexus D’Marco, two Bahamian LGBTI rights activists, spoke out in support of the Canadian government’s warning to LGBTI people considering visiting the Bahamas.
Homosexuality is not banned in the Bahamas, as is the case in other Commonwealth countries.
However, conservative religious groups, which teach that homosexuality is decadent and sinful, are highly influential in the Christian-majority country.
As a result, many of the Bahamas’ politicians have been unwilling to supporting pro-LGBTI legislation and often turn a blind eye to the widespread homophobia.
In the past, there have been several high-profile instances of discrimination and harassment of both LGBTI citizens and tourists in the Caribbean state.
Adrian Brown suffered lacerations to his head after being hit with a bottle and a rock by two assailants in an unprovoked attack. The men also verbally abused Brown with homophobic insults.
But in recent years, there have been moves make the Bahamas more LGBTI-friendly, including from the business sector.
In 2016, The Caribbean Tourism Organization UK hosted a seminar discussing how businesses could reach the LGBTI tourism market throughout the Caribbean.