I almost hate asking this, but how gay tolerant is the USVI?
I ask because I was stunned to learn recently that Jamaica is considered the most homophobic country in the Western hemisphere (in terms of crimes targeted against homosexuals.) Really surprised by that. We are planning to move to stx this summer (if our house sale ever goes through, it's been more than a year now!) and I have a gay son, lives in Los Angeles but I'd sure like him to be able to come visit, you know?
We're really looking forward to making the move, but we don't want our son to be afraid to visit. I'm probably seriously overreacting and I hope I look like a silly, paranoid parent, but hey, better that than failing to check it out.
I think your son would find the USVI a fantastic, friendly and welcoming place to visit.
No problem here, I wouldn't dig too deep and challenge. I agree with the don't ask, don't tell.
Whith that said, welcome. I'm not homophobic, nor are my friends. We are a welcome group, enjoy.
There have been previous threads relating to this issue. Do a seach using "gay' and I'm sure you'll get hits. Several posters here, both men and women, can answer you question based on their personal experiences.
As long as your son isn't speaking with a lisp and wearing a feathered boa, who's ever going to know what his sexual preference is? Tell him not to worry about, STX is a great place to visit, regardless of what you do in the bedroom....
Continentals are mostly very open minded, but the locals are not as much so. Doesnt mean they are going to stone you or necessary be rude to you but mostly they do not approve. Two years ago when a cruise ship doing a gay friendly cruise dock on stx to refuel there were actually locals in f'sted protesting. On the other hand there are many gay people that have lived here for many many years. Nothing is very black and white, do a pmv and get a feel for it.
the people that were protesting were homeless guys,oh and the women that work at the welfare office over there came outside to shout,but then one also needs to remember that the "local" rate of HIV infection on these islands is one of the highest in the nation,so someone is up to something. BTW the taxi drivers were very upset with the few protesters which i thought was very cool,you should have heard them complaining about people harassing others.