Mauritius is an island nation off the east coast of African in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) from Madagascar. Mauritius attained independence from England in 1968 and has been a stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record; it and has attracted considerable foreign investment earning one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Homosexuality is illegal but on May 22, 2006 hundreds of gays and lesbians staged the first gay rights march shocking afternoon shoppers in the bustling town of Rose Hill. The gay community is mostly underground as many face persecution and discrimination.
- Gay Mauritius, 2009/Jan/01