For many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) individuals, the end of year festivities are often challenging. In Mauritius, family gatherings during the festivities, oft-leading to conversations around one’s queer appearance, couple life, future plans, marriage life and the likes makes LGBTQI people feel uncomfortable and excluded from family settings despite the recent decriminalisation of homosexuality in Mauritius.

Statistics in Mauritius show that although LGBTQI people are generally open about their queer identity to their friends (88.1%) and their siblings (62.8%), fewer are open to their co-workers (42.7%), their parents and other adult relatives (41.7%) and society in general (27.1%) and of those LGBTQI persons who are living with their parents, only 29.8% are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression to their parents and other adult relatives (YQA, 2022).


This situation creates challenges for LGBTQI people, who, in most of the cases, live with their parents (81.2%). In these situations, LGBTQI persons cannot fully be themselves with their families, and face human rights violations such as rights to privacy, life in dignity and love. This further adds to the mental and emotional challenges that LGBTQI people face.
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On 23 December 2023, the Young Queer Alliance, hosted a safe space for the LGBTQI community for the end of year festivities and seized the occasion to conduct a retrospective on year 2023 and aspirations of the community for year 2024. The safe space was supported by the National Social Inclusion Foundation.

The safe space was a family-like gathering, to foster community empowerment and support systems to LGBTQI people attending the YQA centre. Alongside the conversations, the YQA shared some light snacks and refreshments for the occasion.

LGBTQI members brought a gender-neutral gift for the secret santa activity planned for the safe space to be shared with others, and living through the spirit of christmas, celebrations through sharing.

If you require advice on coming-out, check our “Coming Out Guide: Advice for LGBTQ people and their families” or go through our online brochure on “How to do my Coming out?“. These information are part of our free-for-access Resource Centre.

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