Tahiti, Oceania

Tahiti is the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is an overseas territory of France. The Lonely Planet guide says Tahiti and her Islands are gay friendly: "There are no networks or associations for gays in French Polynesia but French Laws prevail and there is no legal discrimination against homosexual activity. Homophobia in French Polynesia is uncommon." Research reveals ancient traditions of the 'mãhu. a transvestic tradition that included homosexual practices with nontransvestic males. But this indigenous pattern of the mãhu is not equivalent to Western subcultural homosexuality or Western transvestism; it was an integrated part of the wider Tahitian culture. 


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1 Homoerotic, Homosexual, and Ambisexual Behaviors 1995 www2.hu-berlin.de http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/IES/frenchpolynesia.html#6 1995 1 Homoerotic, Homosexual, and Ambisexual Behaviors A. Children and Adolescents Some Tahitian upper-class men, according to Douglas Oliver, kept boys in their household for sex, although this was not a widespread practice. Suggs (1966:24) states that homosexual experiences among boys, and possibly girls, were common… Read more »