This past weekend I heard a conversation that disturbed me. The gentleman talking wasn't speaking to me, so I decided to mind my own business. He has been coming here for many years and wanted to know basically, "where are the white people?" He says years ago when he first started coming that the gay tourists were predominantly white. He thought maybe business owners should find a way to cater to this demographic. How, I wondered?
This got me to thinking. Now, we have several clients who come who are white and they seem to have a very good time, and come back often. Here is an old cliche (but it is true!), one of my best clients is white. Are white gay tourists who come here looking for something different than Latino or African-American tourists?
Over the last couple of years the Dominican Republic has experienced a surge in gay travelers, especially gay African-American travelers. I think for many it has become our Fire Island, Provincetown, Palm Springs, etc. The gay travelers coming here generally like men with brown complexions. That's not to say that you won't find many fair-skinned Dominicans, but those looking for fair-skinned Latinos tend to travel to Costa Rica, or say Puerto Rico. At least the Latinos and African-Americans I know who love fair-skinned men. I have a good friend who is African-American who LOVES Argentina. As you might be aware, there are not many people in that country with brown complexions.
The moral is that people live, travel, fall in love, eat and work where they feel comfortable. The next time I'm at the White Party in Palm Springs I think I will inquire to "where the black folk are?"
Oh well, you can't please everyone.