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Gay Comoros Islands, Africa

The territory of Comoros is archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean The country has a claim on a fourth major island, southeastern-most Mayotte (Maore) which continues to be administered by France. Gay life in Comoros is mostly underground and secretive due to Muslim prejudice. Many LGBT people marry in the traditional manner to avoid detection. Only on Mayotte is there any slight relief for gays since it is technically French territory but this is tenuous. There are virtually no known cases of same-sex activity having ever come before the courts. Comoros does not have an active gay sex worker community that Madagascar has. Societal pressure in this heavily Muslim country is such that homosexuals do not openly discuss their sexual orientation, and thus no public debate on the issue has been held.