The 2009 constitution is one of the first in the world to expressly ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
However homosexuality is still not widely accepted by the populace and gay marriage and same sex unions are illegal.
Gay bars and venues are limited to the larger cities, especially Santa Cruz and La Paz, but these are still somewhat clandestine affairs. Sharing a room is no problem – but discretion is still in order.
Gay rights lobby groups are active in La Paz (MGLP Libertad), Cochabamba (Dignidad) and most visibly in progressive Santa Cruz, which held Bolivia’s first Gay Pride march in 2001.
La Paz is known for La Familia Galán, the capital’s most fabulous group of cross-dressing queens who aim to educate Bolivians around issues of sexuality and gender through theater performances.
Mujeres Creando is a feminist activist group based in La Paz that promotes the rights of oppressed groups.