Go beyond gay cruises in two LGBTQ-friendly Caribbean cultural hotspots—the island of Curacao and the Mexican Caribbean coast

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You might think the Caribbean is all Irie Times and liquid sunshine, but for LGBTQ travelers, the landscape can be surprisingly unwelcoming. Because the Caribbean culture is super relaxed about other cultural mores like marijuana use, many might also assume they feel the same about sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, on many islands, this isn’t the case. The Caribbean islands still maintain a highly traditional society, especially when it comes to gender roles and religion. Gay men and women may still experience some level of discrimination on many of these tiny nations. In fact, just this year, Bermuda rescinded its previous law allowing same-sex marriage.

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Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with beaten gay couple

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AMSTERDAM (AP)- In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men- an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance.

The beating in the eastern city of Arnhem was far from isolated in the Netherlands, long seen as one of the world’s most welcoming to same-sex couples. The city’s mayor conducted the world’s first gay marriages in 2001.

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Dutch court clears cyberbully’s extradition to Canada

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch Supreme Court approved the extradition to Canada of a convicted cyberbully April 4 who faces charges in the case of a Canadian teen who killed herself after being bullied online.

It was not immediately clear when the suspect, identified by Dutch authorities as Aydin C., would be sent to Canada following the court’s decision to reject his appeal against a lower court’s approval of his extradition. His extradition must be approved by the Dutch security and justice minister.

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Dutch man sentenced to 11 years for cyberbullying young girls, gay men

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A man wanted in Canada for alleged involvement in online abuse was sentenced Thursday to nearly 11 years in prison by a Dutch court for cyberbullying dozens of young girls and gay men.

The court March 16 convicted the 38-year-old man, identified only as Aydin C., for fraud and blackmail via the internet, according to a statement from the Dutch legal authorities.

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Before US, gay marriage accepted in parts of world

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LONDON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this month to review rulings that overturned bans on same-sex marriage marked a milestone in gay rights in the United States. Around the world, many countries have come to accept such unions as part of the tapestry of everyday life. But there are still pockets of resistance. Here is a look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice:

BRITAIN WAITS, ACCEPTS:

In 1992, five same-sex couples in London applied for marriage licenses in one of the opening salvos of the battle for what campaigners call “marriage equality.”

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