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Dominican Republic: government teams up with activists for gay travel campaign

Dominican Republic: government teams up with activists for gay travel campaign

Activists and officials have teamed up to mastermind a new LGBTI publicity drive in the Dominican Republic.

A meeting took place on Monday between members of the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and members of the advocacy group Center for Integrated Training and Research to discuss the new campaign.

According to the Washington Blade, Bob Satawake, the husband of US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James Brewster, gave a keynote address at the meeting.

Speaking about the campaign – which is due to launch in May – the medical director for the Center for Integrated Training and Research John Waters said: ‘One of the purposes of this project is to see the value added the community groups can bring to the tourism project.’

‘It also seeks to explore the ways in which the tourism and travel sector can actually support the work of civil society and the LGBT community more specifically.’

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean – a region not typically known for its gay-friendliness. Same-sex marriage is not currently recognized there.

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