Thursday, July 09, 2009

Dominican Republic: Womanizer, womanizer, baby... (an update)

Leave it to Monaga to provide additional context to my recent post on the gay pride gathering that took place on June 27th at Duarte Park in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, which was reported to have been broken up by police authorities ("Police break up gay pride gathering").

For one thing, he lives there. For another, he always seems to know what's up: In a post he did on Monday, he says that most people stayed in the park, despite attempts by the police to intimidate participants. He also says that one thing that might have riled up passers-by was that those who gathered at the park conducted a symbolic wedding ceremony (Monaga provides the photo of the happy couple on the right as well as an image of the wedding 'invite' over at his blog).

He also says that Duarte Park became a gathering spot for young gays and lesbians after police engaged in a series of aggressive moves to drive them away from another gathering spot at Plaza Espana and that it now seems as if authorities are determined to do the same with Duarte Park.

Still, gay pride was in full swing that weekend at the various gay establishments in the island. Proof positive is the video posted above (and also provided by Monaga) of a pretty elaborate take on Britney Spears' "Womanizer" performed that same weekend at CHA Bar by Cachita Rubio and her dancers.

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