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PANAMA

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes

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Have you been denied medical treatment in PANAMA because of your sexual orientation?

The majority of people visiting this site have said Yes, the doctor told me I couldn’t be treated because of my sexual orientation

No (0 %) Yes, the doctor told me I couldn’t be treated because of my sexual orientation (100%) Yes, but without explanation (0 %) Yes (0 %)

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Readers Experiences

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Lucky (user currently living in PANAMA) posted for gay readers on 17/12/2013 tagged with gender identity, sexual orientation, religion
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Hello, my name is Lucky and I'm 17 years old. Since I was a little kid I knew that I like boys, but while I was growing up I tried to force myself to like a 100% girls. I did have a few crushes on girls and even an official girlfriend, but as always I found myself draming about guys and how would it be to have a male-to-male relationship. I'm not a "normal boy"; I like fashion, I like fashion, make up, I don't like sports, I like art ( here in Panama, guys who like any of those things are usually categorized as gay)... All my life I've been called "gay", "faggot" and some other words that were actually killing me. Right now, I've accepted myself, still with a few insecurities because being gay here it's not something good. The mayority of my friends know I'm gay, I've told them; other people still think I'm gay, but I haven't told them officialy. Today, my mom knows about my sexuality, she doesn't accept it at all, neither she accepts the fact that I'm having a relationship with another boy ( she met him), but I'm looking forward. I'm really happy with my boyfriend and I'll fight for us, but most important is that I'll fight for my happiness; I just can't fool myself again about pretending to like girls.
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Lucky (user currently living in PANAMA) posted for gay readers on 17/12/2013 tagged with gender identity, sexual orientation, religion
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Hello, my name is Lucky and I'm 17 years old. Since I was a little kid I knew that I like boys, but while I was growing up I tried to force myself to like a 100% girls. I did have a few crushes on girls and even an official girlfriend, but as always I found myself draming about guys and how would it be to have a male-to-male relationship. I'm not a "normal boy"; I like fashion, I like fashion, make up, I don't like sports, I like art ( here in Panama, guys who like any of those things are usually categorized as gay)... All my life I've been called "gay", "faggot" and some other words that were actually killing me. Right now, I've accepted myself, still with a few insecurities because being gay here it's not something good. The mayority of my friends know I'm gay, I've told them; other people still think I'm gay, but I haven't told them officialy. Today, my mom knows about my sexuality, she doesn't accept it at all, neither she accepts the fact that I'm having a relationship with another boy ( she met him), but I'm looking forward. I'm really happy with my boyfriend and I'll fight for us, but most important is that I'll fight for my happiness; I just can't fool myself again about pretending to like girls.
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