Morocco, Africa

Morocco is a country located in North Africa with a population of nearly 34 million. Morocco is the only country in Africa that is not currently a member of the African Union. Morocco is a de jure constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco, with vast executive powers, can dissolve government and deploy the military. As is true in many former African colonies, the Moroccan economy remains heavily dependent on the export of raw materials as well as increasing tourism. Morocco criminalizes “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” Homosexuality is illegal and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment but the law is seldom enforced and homosexual activity is secretly common, especially in the holiday resorts. Relationships are often visibly displayed and money often plays a role where sex is involved. In the native community homosexuality remains a taboo and is considered immoral. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality


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Gay Cruise Ship Forbidden Morocco Landing

| July 2nd, 2012 | Comments Off on Gay Cruise Ship Forbidden Morocco Landing

This is an outrageous and offensive event: Gay Cruise Ship Forbidden Morocco Landing This is clearly homophobia whipped up by local media hysteria, despite no official government ban. “Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.” Too bad  the ship captain didn’t take a passenger vote on this. A landing could have caused a stir in port that might have awakened Morocco to its discriminatory policies–and awakened Holland American Cruise Lines to it’s inadvertent support of anti-gay governments. Refusing to land cruise ships in homophobic countries (especially in Africa and Caribbean) can mean the loss of big tourist dollars and force these regimes to reconsider their irrational and anti-human rights policies. Being gay IS, unfortunately,  political and we all need to push for equality, even when on holiday. We are always human and always feel the pain of

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Courageous Gay Magazine ‘Mithly’ Debuts in Morocco

| May 28th, 2010 | Comments Off on Courageous Gay Magazine ‘Mithly’ Debuts in Morocco

Despite Islamist hostility and a restrictive legal climate, homosexuals in Morocco are publishing a magazine that covers issues in their community and beyond. Posted by Richard Ammon May 27, 2010 By Imane Belhaj Magharebia News Casablanca [] Magazine Mithly (Gay) published its first edition in April but has not applied for a government li In a move that probes the limits of freedom of expression in Morocco, a group of gays and lesbians is working to raise their community’s profile by publishing a trail-blazing magazine. The gay organisation Kif Kif (We are Similar) released a limited number of copies of the first edition of Mithly (Gay) in April, without applying for a government licence that they claim would have been denied. “We didn’t submit a formal application; we knew it would be rejected,” Mithly staff member Karim S., who asked that his last name be withheld to protect his

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Gay Morocco–Myths and Realities 2010

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on Gay Morocco–Myths and Realities 2010

Introduction Morocco is an ancient civilization steeped in history and hormones, a gold mine for the archeologist and psychologist. If you go looking for the gay ‘scene’ in Morocco, you won’t find it, and if you’re not looking, guy-sex situations will likely unfold. Paradoxical and elusive, male sexuality in Morocco is veiled, ambiguous in meaning, easily bisexual and not used for identity. Dedication This story is dedicated to the memory of my friend George Waldo (right) who contributed much to the making of this report. An educator, writer, film and theatre critic who divided his time between London, El Jadida in Morocco and California, George was a gentleman of learning, compassion and a playful wit. Anyone he befriended became better for it out of his wisdom and guidance. He lovingly mentored and helped educate several young Moroccan friends over the course of his dozen years in El Jadida. George was

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Love, Sex and Religion–Murder in Muslim Morocco

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on Love, Sex and Religion–Murder in Muslim Morocco

By Richard Ammon A Gracious Man and a Fatal Mistake My friend George (pictured right) was murdered in Morocco stabbed multiple times by an enraged assailant who escaped the scene immediately after. Three weeks later the police captured the culprit, a young Arab Muslim man who was wearing George’s ring and carrying his wallet in a back pocket. The motive, said the police, was robbery. I think not. More probably, George hadn’t fulfilled his part of a ‘deal’ with Mustapha, his killer. The deal didn’t involve drugs or contraband or simply money, despite the robbery-face police put on the killing. No, the deal was more subtle, more layered. It had to do with ‘sex and consequences’ and George made the mistake of overlooking some things as time went on and he and Mustafa became more intimate. An educated American from California, a teacher, a film and theatre critic and

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Morocco – Country Tour (photos)

| January 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on Morocco – Country Tour

A cross-country trip in rented car took us across the land from Casablanca to the capital Rabat, to the Sahara and back to Roman Volubilis. Morocco is color, sand, history and drama. On November 18, 2006, Morocco celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence from France. Hassan II became King of Morocco on March 3, 1961. His early years of rule would be marked by political unrest. The Spanish enclave of Ifni in the south was reintegrated to the country in 1969. Morocco annexed the Western Sahara during the 1970s after demanding its reintegration from Spain since independence, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved. Political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature in 1997. Morocco is the fifth economic power of Africa after South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria. The present king is King Mohammed VI, born in 1963. He

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