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.
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
Editorial Comment: Gay Cruise Ship Forbidden Morocco Landing This is a story of a forbidden cruise ship landing and the homophobia whipped up by local media despite no official government ban. After the incident Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said “no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.” Too
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 GlobalGayz.com May 27, 2010 By Imane Belhaj Magharebia News Casablanca [mithly.net] Magazine Mithly (Gay) published its first edition in April but has not applied for a government li
By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com 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
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,