Dominica, Caribbean

The Commonwealth of Dominica, (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic.) is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. In 1978 Dominica became independent from England. According to Article 14 of the Sexual Offenses Act from 1998, anyone caught perpetrating an act of gross indecency can be punished with imprisonment of up to 5 years. Article 15 punishes anal sex (with men or women) with a prison sentence of up to 10 years, or in some cases can lead to internment in a mental asylum. Article 16 states the punishment for attempted anal sex is imprisonment of up to 4 years. In practice, however, while such activities are indeed perceived negatively, they are not actually prosecuted.



Dominica joins other Caribbean islands in striking down laws prohibiting gay sex

A top court in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has struck down colonial-era laws criminalizing gay sex Port-Au-Prince, Haiti — A top court in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has struck down colonial-era laws criminalizing gay sex. It’s the latest nation to repeal such laws in the socially conservative region, joining Trinidad and… Read more »

Dominica Prime Minister: ‘We will never accept same-sex marriage’

The Prime Minister of Dominica has ruled out introducing same-sex marriage. In a statement, Roosevelt Skerrit said: “I will make it clear that there are some things that this government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognise same-sex marriage in our country. “If other countries want to do it,… Read more »

The gay cruise ship passengers who were -arrested on the Caribbean island of Dominica for indecent exposure have come clean.

In a –piece exclusively for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blog site Queerty, John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, of Palm Springs, now admit to what several fellow passengers on board the gay cruise operated by Atlantis Events had previously claimed — they were, in fact, having sex on the balcony… Read more »

Ministry Of Education To Tackle Deviant Behavior In Schools

Government Information Service Roseau (GIS) – The Ministry of Education has announced plans to crack down on deviant behaviour including incidents of homosexuality in schools. This statement was made by the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Petter Saint Jean “The Dominica Labour Party Administration recognizes the challenges that confront our schools. In… Read more »

UPDATE: Incriminating Photo Of Couple Arrested On Gay Cruise Surfaces

Different accounts have been reported of what Celebrity Summit passengers John Hart and Dennis Mayer were doing on their balcony when they were arrested by police on the island of Dominica. It’s also been debated how visible the men were to witnesses on the docks. An anonymous Queerty reader has sent us this image, allegedly… Read more »

Passengers on gay cruise say behavior of arrested men was ‘inappropriate’

Some were standing on dock on Dominica and saw locals pointing at naked couple Several passengers who were on a gay cruise last week say two men charged with indecent exposure were naked in their balcony engaging in ‘inappropriate’ behavior in full view of locals after the ship had pulled into port in the Caribbean… Read more »

US man arrested on gay Caribbean cruise says he and partner taunted, humiliated in Dominica

San Juam, Puerto Rico — A Southern Californian said Friday that he and his partner were taunted, humiliated and subjected to inhumane treatment when they were arrested and jailed after being escorted off a gay cruise in the Caribbean this week. Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, told The Associated Press that he has no doubt they… Read more »

Caribbean Gay Cruise Passengers Plead Guilty To Indecent Exposure

Roseau, Dominica — Two Southern California men pleaded guilty on Thursday to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean. John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, of Palm Springs, apologized in court and said they  regretted their actions. Police said they were… Read more »

Men who have sex with men participate in study

Some 20 men living in Dominica have so far participated in an ongoing study about men who have sex with men (MSM). The study, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, is being done by the Caribbean Men’s Internet Survey (CARIMIS). The agency describes it as a first attempt to gather information through the… Read more »

Gay Dominica News & Reports

1 Gay in Dominica willing to go public if proper policies are in place 7/11 2 Homosexuality laws in Dominica impractical 7/11 3 A 30 minute Documentary on MSM 10/11 July 6th, 2011 – Dominica News Online 1 Gay in Dominica willing to go public if proper policies are in place Timothy Jack (not his… Read more »