Gay Travel: Dominican Republic Police Ban National Flags at Gay Pride Parade
Pride month in the Dominican Republic has been allowed since 2006, however its never been fully accepted. Unfortunately, this year was no exception after the LGBT organization, Amigos Siempre Amigos (ASA), took to the streets with a "pride caravan."
While hundreds gathered to take part in the parade, police officers noticed several people holding a rainbow pride flag made to imitate the traditional Dominican Republic flag. Outraged, the authorities demanded that the flags be confiscated.
Allegedly, the crowd refused to turn in the pride flags, but agreed to put them away for the remainder of the parade. Once the parade started, officers halted the crowd again and demanded they remove all Dominican flags exhibited, whether they were traditional or the rainbow-inspired one.