Tag: gay morocco

‘There’s a Place for Gays in Islam’

In an edition of the Venice Film Festival notable for the prevalence of works grappling with global and societal woes (unemployment, terrorism, pollution, war) perhaps no film has blended the personal and the political as strikingly as Abdellah Taia’s L’Armée du salut (Salvation Army). A promising directorial debut presented in the independent “Critics’ Week” category… Read more »

Morocco told to decriminalize gay sex

The Council of Europe has called upon Morocco to repeal its law banning same-sex acts The Council of Europe (CoE) told Moroccan lawmakers to decriminalize a law banning and severely punishing gay sex. The statement came as part of CoE’s bi-annual resolution evaluating Morocco’s reforms law reforms as required by its status as a ‘partner… Read more »

AIDS awareness campaigns target Maghreb youth

Ignorance increases the risk of HIV infection, especially for young people. A national AIDS awareness campaign now under way in Morocco is focusing on teenagers. The fourth edition of “Sidaction Maroc”, which runs through December 31st, aims to encourage young people to get tested so that the epidemic can be contained. The campaign also includes… Read more »

Gay cruise ship turned away by Morocco docks in Spain

EFE – The cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, on its present voyage catering to a gay clientele, docked Sunday in the southern Spanish port of Malaga after Moroccan authorities prohibited it from making its scheduled port of call in Casablanca. The vessel, carrying 1,564 passengers and 869 crewmembers, docked about 7:25 a.m. and was scheduled to… Read more »

Maiden gay cruise to Muslim land hits Morocco snag

Raba (Reuters) – Organisers of an all-gay cruise on Saturday blamed Moroccan officials for the cancellation of what would have been the first visit of its kind to a Muslim country, but the tourism minister denied the ship was banned and said its passengers were welcome. Cruise liner Holland America Line and trip organiser RSVP… Read more »

Morocco 4th in Africa for Facebook use

The number of Facebook users in Morocco reached 4.1 million in January, making the country 39th in the world and 4th in Africa, ANSA reported on Tuesday (February 28th). Egypt ranked first in Africa, followed by South Africa and Nigeria. Sixty-three percent of Moroccan Facebook users are under the age of 24 and 65% are… Read more »

I am Gay and Afraid; Should I Flee my Country?

I am a young Moroccan, and I want to publish my story. 1989: At age 4, I get raped by a neighbor who is older than me. For fear that the whole family is aware, my parents did not file a complaint. They are confined to move in the neighborhood where we lived. 1999: At… Read more »