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Gay Guide Mauritius
At a first glance, there is no law that forbids homosexuality. The laws make no specific reference to homosexuality. However, the "morality article" 250 (five years in prison for sodomy) should be mentioned. Even voluntary anal and oral intercourse within heterosexual and homosexual couples is therefore immoral. Gays lead a secluded life on Mauritius - there is no real scene. In principle, decent behaviour in public is recommended. The first Pride of Mauritius (the Rainbow Parade, organised by the group "Collectif Arc en Ciel") took place in May 2006 in Rose Hill and attracted about 600 participants. The organisation continues to work for the legal equality of the LGBT community in Mauritius. In 2018, the event had to be cancelled due to previous death threats. Behind this are alleged Islamistic extremists, who in return held an armed demonstration against LGBT rights. A few days later a small LGBT event took place, which was even supported by the Prime Minister. In general, the government is trying to curb discrimination against LGBT and has even signed the UN declaration. As the small island in the Indian Ocean is dependent on tourism, the same applies here as in many comparable states: as a tourist you have more liberties than a local.
Cities in Mauritius
|Grand Baie||Port Louis||Rose Hill|
Location: Southwestern Indian Ocean
International country code: 230
International access code: 00
Language: English, French, Creole
Currency: 1 Mauritius Rupie (MR) = 100 Cents
Capital: Port Louis
Religions: 50% Hindu, 32% Christian, 17% Muslim, 5% others
Climate: Tropical climate. Winter (Jul-Sep) is the best time to visit with less rain and humidity. The hottest time in summer (Jan-Apr) is very hot & humid with possible cyclones. Dec-Mar is the best time for diving, when the sea is clearest.