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Gay men abused in Morocco after photos spread online

Gay men are being harassed and abused in Morocco after photos taken from gay chat apps were circulated online. Photos spread after a social media influencer told her followers to make fake accounts on apps to see how common homosexuality is. Homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, which is in lockdown because of… Read more »

Dozens of Gay Men Are Outed in Morocco as Photos Are Spread Online

The idea was to show the hypocrisy of Moroccan society by showing how many gay men are living quietly in straight society. It backfired badly. Paris — At least 50 to 100 gay men were outed in Morocco over the last two weeks, rights activists say, after the men were identified on location-based meeting apps… Read more »

The Issue of Homosexuality Is Changing Moroccan Society

Long considered a taboo in Morocco, homosexuality is increasingly being brought into the open. A number of activists and academics are addressing it from various perspectives, although not everyone is in favour of debating it publicly. Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code states that ‘unlawful or unnatural acts with an individual of the same… Read more »

What It’s Like to Be Gay in Morocco

“I cried a lot when I was a child.” When you think of Morocco, you may imagine the mysterious markets of Marrakech, mule-drawn carts carrying stacked carpets, and sun-drenched squares where men coerce rattlesnakes out of baskets. The birthplace of Yves Saint Laurent’s rich Majorelle blue is also where Carrie Bradshaw rushed through the souk… Read more »

Meeting the needs of MSM in the Middle East and North Africa

Manuel Couffignal is a Senior Advisor: Funding and Influence at the Alliance. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), men who have sex with men (MSM) are a particularly vulnerable and highly stigmatised community, and their burden of HIV infection is significantly higher than the general population. From 2005 to 2015, the Alliance worked… Read more »

Teenage girls who faced jail in Morocco for ‘hugging and kissing’ are acquitted

The teenage girls who faced prison after being accused of “hugging and kissing” on a rooftop have been acquitted. The two girls were arrested in Morocco over the accusation earlier this year. The women faced up to three years in prison under the country’s strict laws Reports suggest that 16-year-old Sanaa invited 17-year-old Hajar –… Read more »

Teenage girls face prison for ‘hugging and kissing’

The girls face up to three years in prison if found guilty. Two teenage girls have been arrested in Morocco for kissing and hugging. The young women face up to three years in prison under the country’s strict homosexuality laws, with their trial due to start next week. Reports suggest that 16-year-old Sanaa invited 17-year-old… Read more »

Victims of homophobic attack freed from prison in Morocco

A court has released two men convicted of homosexuality after they were attacked and slashed in their own home. A Moroccan court has released two men convicted of homosexuality, after they were attacked and dragged out into the street naked. The court also jailed two men convicted of attacking the couple, in a case that… Read more »

Two more men jailed for being gay in Morocco

The men tried to escape police after they were caught together. Two Moroccan youths have been jailed for one and a half years and fined 2,000 dirhams (£375) each on charges of homosexuality. The sentence was handed down by a court in the southern town of Tiznit on Monday (February 1). The two men –… Read more »

Gay Moroccans sentenced to jail for posing too close in a photo

Two gay men from Morocco have been sentenced to four-months in jail each for posing too close in a photograph. The men, only identified by the Guardian as Lahcen, 38 and Mohsine, 25, in order to protect their identities, were on Friday found guilty of obscenity and homosexuality. The men posed for a photograph at… Read more »

How Morocco became a haven for gay Westerners in the 1950s

A British man flew home from Marrakech last week after being jailed for “homosexual acts”. There was a time though when Morocco was renowned as a haven for gay Americans and Britons, who fled restrictions in their own countries to take advantage of its relaxed atmosphere. Take a walk down one of the main streets… Read more »

Morocco: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld

Appeals Court Applies Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Activities (Rabat) – A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six defendants in the case in central Morocco were convicted on charges that included “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same… Read more »