This island state has decriminalized same-sex activity and relations since 2016 and now recognizes same sex marriage. A GlobalGayz reader has written:  “Everyone knows we are gay and my husband works for a school where he is casually open.  The island welcomes tourist of all sexuality and generally homophobia is non-existent among tourists.”

More comments: “Little gay life to speak of on any of the islands–the people are, while indifferent at first, really wonderful folks–there’s a true innocence about them–stayed in several places and didn’t have any problems “bunking” with my partner–didn’t see any places I felt uncomfortable–nightlife is sparse and generally filled with Italians, Brits and Germans, with several other Europeans and a few visitors from Mauritius.”

“Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal. Mothers tend to be dominant in the household, controlling most current expenditures and looking after the interests of the children. Unwed mothers are the societal norm, and the law requires fathers to support their children. Men are important for their earning ability, but their domestic role is relatively peripheral. Older women can usually count on financial support from family members living at home or contributions from the earnings of grown children.”

“There is no need to watch your step, we have people here who are gay and we have lesbians  (in kreole ‘bibin’). Katiolo is a night club for all, but its one of the popular clubs that doesn’t care who walks in really. That’s why a lot of gays and lesbians go there. They are welcome everywhere though. Some people in Seychelles only make a fuss about gays and lesbians because they are old fashioned or just jealous. Also we don’t like straight people kissing and rubbing up in public so we also don’t like it with gay and lesbians. Well, kissing on the cheek is different. Public affections are cool with as long as it doesn’t seem like it belongs in a bedroom. So a majority of us islanders don’t care what your sexual preference may be. Katiolo is the club to go to. I know it’s friendly to all because my cousins own it and my brother is gay.”