Much of the population of Mauritius is young and progressive, and as such, the LGBTQ+ community are legally protected from discrimination and all individuals have a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.
Mauritius is one of the 96 countries to have signed the “joint statement on ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity” at the United Nations, condemning violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
Whilst ‘gay life’ remains fairly quiet, mainly existing on the internet, in private and at the occasional party, the resorts are welcoming and non-discriminatory to all. For LGBTQ+ travelers there’s little to worry about. No problems arising from LGBTQ+ couples sharing rooms during their holidays have been recorded.
In recent years, there has been a growing acceptance towards LGBTQ+ people among Mauritius’ population, with polls indicating that Mauritius is one of Africa‘s most LGBTQ+ friendly countries. Nevertheless, conservative attitudes about LGBTQ+ people are still commonplace, and as such LGBTQ+ people may face discrimination and bullying when coming out or accessing healthcare.
It is advisable to avoid public displays of affection outside your hotel and generally to be aware that what might be entirely standard at home may not be viewed in the same light here to some in Mauritius.
There are several LGBTI Organisations in Mauritius:
- Founded in 2005, Collectif Arc en Ciel (“Rainbow Collective”) is the primary organisation for the LGBT community in Mauritius. The party fights homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- Founded in 1996, Pils is a centre for individuals with HIV/AIDS in the country, and also a place for the prevention and education of people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Founded in 2014, the Young Queer Alliance is a youth-led organisation mainly for support, empowerment and protect the young LGBTQIA in Mauritius.
- Founded in 2011, Association VISA G is an organisation mainly for Transgender people in Mauritius. VISA G is involved in legal support and empowerment of Trans.