Panama is more tolerant toward gays and lesbians than other more conservative Latin American societies, but discrimination exists, and displays of public affection are not common. The Catholic Church is the most vociferous anti-gay organization in Panama, rallying against events such as gay participation in Carnaval parades. Panama held its first gay-pride parade in 2005 without incident. A few hotels in Panama advertise gay-friendly accommodations; you can find them at

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