The prevalence of machismo (male-dominated culture) can make things difficult, if not downright dangerous, for gay and lesbian couples choosing to express mutual affection publicly. Gay travelers and residents will want to keep a low profile while in public areas in Guatemala  so as not to attract unwanted attention.
Homosexuality is still not widely accepted in Guatemala, and many commonly used slurs and epithets apply directly to gays. Still, things may be starting to change, as Guatemalans are quick to emulate the cultural standards they see on international TV, specifically the greater acceptance of gay men and lesbians portrayed in the U.S. media.
Acceptance of homosexuality, in this way, appears directly linked to socioeconomic status—or at least access to cable television. Some openly gay Guatemalans live with their partners and are open about their relationships with friends and family, though financial and social independence figure prominently into this decision.
Religious beliefs and prejudices vary and affect how gay men and lesbian women are treated in any society. It all depends on the individual. I’ve witnessed innkeepers issue disparaging remarks about gay guests behind their backs, but I’ve also run into uncommon acceptance of homosexuality.
As in many international cities, there’s a growing gay-rights movement in Guatemala City , and there are a number of gay bars and nightclubs, mostly in Zona 1. As with most venues, things are constantly changing, so log on to www.gayguatemala.com  for the latest.