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Police Arrest Man for Gay Sex on Caribbean Island of Grenada

Grenada A 41-year-old man has been arrested by police and charged under the country's sodomy laws after having consensual gay sex with a 17-year-old, the AP reports:

The age of sexual consent in Grenada is 16 but while the sex in question was consensual, local law prohibits sodomy under the charge of "unnatural connection."

Grenada is one of several Caribbean nations that has laws banning sex between men. The penalty in most islands, including Grenada, is up to 10 years in prison, although Barbados and Guyana have life imprisonment, according to a 2010 United Nations report.

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  1. Um.... didn't the U.S. invade Grenada to restore democracy and freedom there?

    Posted by: Brian Stroup | May 25, 2011 7:18:17 PM


  2. I've been to Granada and poor is an understatement. The begging and following around was so uncomfortable that I left the "sanctuary" asap. I gave someone a 5 at one point and he followed me screaming how cheap I was. That along with signs posted on trails telling you to return to your group if you are a tourist made it one of the most unappealing places I have ever been. I left shaking my head but also was painfully aware that beauty of environment does not dictate circumstantial decisions.

    As for this bloke, bad decision on any island.

    Posted by: Warren | May 25, 2011 7:50:34 PM


  3. While this is quite horrible, and only highlights the inherent institutionalized discrimination that occurs throughout the world, one needs the question the motives of any 41 year old sleeping with a 17 year old...that's just plain creepy, regardless of consent.

    Posted by: DiBiase | May 25, 2011 8:26:35 PM


  4. What is even more interesting is that, acording to Wikipedia, homosexual sex between women is legal in this and other caribean countries but homosexual "indecency" beteween men is punishable by law. In some places "anal sex" is punishable up to 10 years.

    Posted by: Oscar | May 25, 2011 9:20:51 PM


  5. Yet another place I'll never visit.

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | May 25, 2011 9:22:32 PM


  6. @DIBIASE, why on Earth does one "need" to question the older man's motives? Why would anyone "need" to question the sex life of consenting adults? Anyway, I think I have a pretty good guess what the man's motive was for having sex with a 17 year-old: he was sexually attracted to him.

    Nothing is "regardless of consent". If you're above the age of consent, you can give consent. To consent to something means you agree to do it. So, obviously, the younger man wanted to have sex with the older one, too. Which means neither of the parties involved believed it was creepy.

    Since inter-generational sex is creepy to you, I would advise that you not have any.

    The fact is neither of these men did anything wrong, regardless of anyone's opinion of what they did. Who knows -- maybe the younger man is the first 17 year-old in the history of the world to find a 41 year-old attractive. Regardless, whatever "motivated" either one of them is absolutley nobody else's business.

    Posted by: ohplease | May 25, 2011 9:53:53 PM


  7. @OHPLEASE... I like you!

    @Everyone else, and Granada in particular:
    YET ANOTHER REASON I'll never, ever visit ANY of these squalid Caribbean oases of sexual purity and holiness.

    @Caribbean LGBT's: I can't tell you it gets better there. But, I can tell you it has gotten better almost everywhere else. Try to leave. There's a beautiful world of us out there who aren't violent or haters.

    Posted by: Justin in Oaklawn, Dallas, TX | May 25, 2011 10:19:28 PM


  8. I have to wonder what the hell the American was thinking. Was he unaware of how dangerous the homo-killing Caribbean Islands are? They equate being gay with being a pedophile, which is wrong but that's why they hate us all there. And now this 41 year old just reinforced their hatred of us. Bloody idiot.

    Posted by: hephaestion | May 25, 2011 10:23:48 PM


  9. Yes, Ronald Reagan had the US military attack Granada to save them from potential godless commies... and to show that he had a big dick.

    Posted by: hephaestion | May 25, 2011 10:27:29 PM


  10. Dumb-ass chickenhawk

    Posted by: K | May 25, 2011 10:34:09 PM


  11. @dibiase: when i was 17 i was very much attracted to older men. i can assure you neither of us were thinking creepy.

    Posted by: bingo | May 25, 2011 10:37:12 PM


  12. Why any gay or lesbian would spend even a nickel or minute in some of these Caribbean countries is beyond me.

    Posted by: D. | May 25, 2011 10:43:17 PM


  13. There's also a clear pattern: It's mostly former British colonies that are still very homophobic and retain 'sodomy' laws. Victorian 'morality'; the gift that keeps on giving, even in 2011.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 25, 2011 11:08:26 PM


  14. A friend and I went to St croix for the holidays once, and before we went we familiarized ourselves with their laws. We decided it was safest to just keep our dicks in our pants. There is a time and a place and the carribean just isn't the place to throw caution to the wind in order to get laid. It has nothing to do with age of consent, its about playing with fire in a place run by religious,scared, uneducated people who are still looking for witches to burn.

    Posted by: john | May 26, 2011 12:32:24 AM


  15. @ D and others : Wow, I've spent a lot of time in the caribbean , in fact I go there about twice a year.
    I go to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and I believe it to be an undiscovered piece of heaven.
    No beggars have ever followed me around , there are quite a few other gay couples and all are accepted and never intimidated.
    The restaurants in Christiansted are excellent and the bay there is just stunning.
    I've often wondered why the place isn't overrun with tourists and discovered it's because the big cruise ships cannot get in to the harbours.
    The island is ringed with a barrier reef at the East end and it just looks incredible.
    I just could not compare it with the horrors you describe above. It's nothing like those other islands.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 26, 2011 2:56:48 AM


  16. Why was only one of the men arrested?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | May 26, 2011 6:39:00 AM


  17. @ HEPHAESTION and others. Maybe I'm missing something - it wouldn't be the first time - but where did you get the idea the 41 year old is an American? The report doesn't say anything about his nationality, or even that he's not local.

    Posted by: ron | May 26, 2011 6:56:12 AM


  18. The only "unnatural connection" on Grenada and similar third world Caribbean islands is their disconnection from modernity regarding male-male sex. Their anti-gay laws are no better than, say, that beacon of 21st-century thinking that exists in Uganda. Why would a rational gay person want to visit these dangerous places anyway? And, furthermore, why do some posters assume the 41-year man is American? I don't see his nationality stated in the original post or in the AP story. No matter where he's from, Grenada's application of their heinous law should at least bring the island-nation a strong rebuke from the US State Department.

    Posted by: Rob | May 26, 2011 8:57:18 AM


  19. thank you to the last two posters, as i just spent the last 10 minutes poring over the various versions of this story and found neither his name or nationality. why is it that some people surrender their brain when they sit down at a keyboard. sheesh.

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 26, 2011 9:18:04 AM


  20. I'm from Barbados and let me tell you have any of you consider maybe this sex was in the open somewhere where it is illegal everywhere in the world to have public sex. Or maybe this 17yrs old was a prostitute? In Barbados it is illegal, however, no one is ever prosecuted for the act unless it is in public and to add its for both hetero and homo sexual acts. I hate to hear dumb people talk about things they know nothing about and its filled with hatred. Grenada may not be as rich as the US but its a Lovely island and its certainly not how Warren is describing it. I don't know which Island he visited but to everyone here please don't bring your nonsensical, dumb racist rants to this forum, if you have nothing nice to say keep it to your self.

    Posted by: G | May 26, 2011 10:45:14 AM


  21. Self-loathing closet cases reveal more about themselves when they express disgust at two consenting adults consenting.

    Posted by: wimsy | May 26, 2011 11:20:26 AM


  22. Old men combing poor islands/countries for sex with young boys... nasty.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 26, 2011 11:27:49 AM


  23. The ignorance and arrogance on this thread is amazing. For starters, why do Americans think everything is about or concerns them? No mention of America or an American anywhere in the story - yet a good percentage of posts refer to the 41-year-old man as an American. Maybe I missed something. What is so horrible about two consenting adults having sex? Regardless of the age span? It seems that the fags who are too quick to comment on inter-generational sex are hiding something in their own psyche - kinda like the way ignorant people who gay bash are probably gay or bisexual. Finally, even though there are still some islands with anti-sodomy laws the majority of Caribbean islands do not enforce them unless there is good reason. Many states in the USA have Victorian era laws on the books - and we still do not recognize same-sex marriage on a federal level. It's hardley a reason for foreign gay couples to avoid the USA. The issue is more that there was sex out in the public, and just as in the USA the police and the public should not have to deal with it.

    Posted by: Charles | May 26, 2011 12:07:30 PM


  24. Well that's what he deserves for being a perv. I don't get why these older gay men crave extremely. It must be the porn 'daddy' idea infecting their minds. Most older gay men will end up lonely the rest of their life's if they keep thinking like this.

    Posted by: Erick | May 26, 2011 1:19:20 PM


  25. I am shocked at the level of ignorance displayed here. I am from Grenada and it's not a poor country. Grenada boast a 100% literacy rate that much cannot be said for the USA. I live in LA and I see people camping out on the city streets in tents, I have never seen so much poverty nowhere else than in this country.
    To address the law. In all countries there are laws some we might not agree with others out right nonsense. However the law is the law and should be respected. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in any country.

    Posted by: Purple chaios | May 26, 2011 11:33:36 PM


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