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LGBTQI+

in The Islands of Tahiti

A welcoming destination for LGBTQI+ travelers

Throughout all 118 islands located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti offer a rich cultural history that embraces diversity and inclusivity for all visitors seeking an unforgettable travel experience. LGBTQI+ tourism is crucial to ensure people are able to experience safe and friendly destinations that celebrate love and equality. The Islands of Tahiti’s commitment to providing a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors is evident through its progressive local laws and social acceptance of the people.

Marriage Equality

Legal Protections

Marriage Equality was first legalized and practiced in 2013, when the first gay marriage took place on the island of Moorea on July 8th, marriage equality was a significant milestone as The Islands of Tahiti were one of the first destinations in the South Pacific region to legalize marriage equality. The bill helped further cultivate the values of inclusion and extended them with a positive and accepting attitude towards the LGBTQI+ community. LGBTQI+ couples in The Islands of Tahiti enjoy the same legal rights and protections as any other couple, including access to benefits, nondiscrimination protections, and legal adoption of children.

Gender diversity

The Islands of Tahiti have a long-standing tradition of embracing diversity, particularly in regard to the third gender people known as “māhū“, this term refers to individuals who embody both male and female qualities, blurring the lines between traditional gender roles. Another expression of gender identity within the culture is “raerae” which is someone assigned male at birth who is a woman, more closely aligned with transgender women in Western cultures. The presence of “raerae” and “māhū” people in Polynesian society highlights the importance of acceptance and understanding in the region’s cultural fabric.

A commitment to equality and inclusion

Since the legalization of marriage equality over 10 years ago, the destination has taken significant steps towards the inclusion and recognition of LGBTQI+ rights.

In 2023, the first forum on gender equality, rights and protection for LGBTQI+ people was held. The same year, the LGBTQI+ flag was raised at the Presidency of the Government of French Polynesia and a representive from the LGBTQI+ community was also appointed to the Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council (CESEC) – a local institution that fulfills an advisory role to public, executive or legislative authorities.

Finally, every year since 2023, the “Cousins Cousines” association organizes the Tahiti Pride Week: a week to celebrate LGBTQI+ pride and provide a platform for dialogue and education on issues of inclusivity for this community.

All these actions underline The Islands of Tahiti‘s commitment to fighting discrimination against this community and building a more inclusive and respectful society, whatever one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Tahiti Tourisme member of the IGLTA

Tahiti Tourisme is a member of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA). Founded in 1983, the IGLTA is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ+-friendly tourism organizations. The organization provides free travel resources and information, while continually working to promote equality and safety in LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. IGLTA members include LGBTQ+ accommodation, transport, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and media from over 80 countries.

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