On Saturday 06 November 2021, the US Navy christened and launched a ship named after gay rights leader Harvey Milk who was forced to resign from the naval force because of his sexual orientation despite having served his country during the Korean War.
Dr. Rachel Levine, the senior President Biden health appointee, made history by being nominated as the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official and first openly transgender four-star officer.
The Young Queer Alliance organised a training session on “Rights of LGBTQIA+ persons in Mauritius” whereby the current legal framework available in the respect, protection and promotion of human rights including LGBTQIA+ rights were shared among participants present.
Harassment, abuse, victim, intimidate…all these are associated with bullying and when they occur on the web and the internet, it is called cyberbullying. On 22 July 2021, the Young Queer Alliance participated in an anti-cyberbullying webinar as a panellist. The webinar was organised by Behind the Scene and powered by AIESEC Réduit.
An ally is someone who stands in solidarity and shows support to LGBTQ+ people; and one of the most effective and powerful voices for the LGBTQ+ movement. Anyone can be an ally for the LGBTQ+ people. You can start by the following small steps.
2011: 10 years since the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Despite Mauritius being a proponent of the UN Human Rights Council resolution, which expressed grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity; the country did not repeal of Section 250.
In the context of the Pride month 2021, the Young Queer Alliance in collaboration with the Collectif Arc-en-Ciel has organised a media training on LGBT reporting with the local media houses at the Media Trust under the “Strengthening the inclusion and social acceptance of LGBTQIA+ persons, through policy and mindset changes, in Mauritius and Rodrigues” which is funded by the European Union. The training was supported by the Equality Rights in Action Fund (National Democratic Institute).
The Young Queer Alliance is inviting for Expression of Interest (EOI) from Media Houses to submit a proposal for a “Video documentary on LGBTQ issues in Mauritius”.
Pride Month is not only a celebration for me but also more than that: It is about paying tribute to all the fervent LGBTQI activists across history and throughout the globe, such as Bayard Rustin, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Harvey Milk, who have contributed enormously to the respect of the rights of LGBTQI people.
From protests to marches, to pride celebrations and now a Pride month; the Pride Month was established by President Barack Obama to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. Pride month is celebrated in June where LGBTQ+ people come together to celebrate the acceptance of sexual diversity.