I have noticed some differences and similarities in sexuality and gender between the U.S. and Panama. One similarity is gender views. Men and women are mostly equal, but men are usually expected to have more masculine jobs and provide for the family, while women are expected to stay at home more. I’ve also noticed that for the most part, people in Panama dress the same as people in the U.S. They wear business casual clothes for work, such as pants, button up shirts, skirts, and dresses, and then jeans and t shirts when they’re off work.
One difference I’ve noticed is the LGBTQ+ scene in Panama. In the U.S., gay marriage is now legal, so people have more freedom when it comes to sexuality. Even in the south, you’ll find gay bars and clubs. However, in Panama, I never saw any same-sex couples or heard of any gay bars/clubs. I think this is due to the way Latin America views gay rights, because this has been an issue in Latin American countries for many years now, and not many people acknowledge it.
Another difference I’ve noticed is how bold most Latin American men are. In the U.S., you’ll see straight men occasionally sneak a glance at a woman, but in Panama, they will stare at you until you’re out of eyesight. Maybe this is because we’re tourists and we look different, but I’ve also seen them do this with Latina women. Men here will even whistle at you and talk to you, and although this happens in the U.S., it’s not as common.