The gay side of Marrakech
Homosexual acts are illegal in Morocco and can be punished with a heavy fine or imprisonment for up to three years. However,
although no one will dare say it out loud, male homosexuality is actually relatively common. No, the men you see holding hands are not a
gay couple (platonic same-sex affection is freely shown), but there was a time when the city of Tangier had quite a gay scene.
Today, an increase in male prostitution has led to a rise in harassment by authorities who follow local men and beat information about
what happened in the hotel room out of them. It is important that you be discreet if you meet local men anywhere in the country.
Lesbians shouldn't encounter any problems, as the only annoyance would be having to explain to the macho Moroccan men that you're into the ladies -- everyone seems to think there's no such thing as a lesbian here.
Riad Dar Zaman
Riad L' Orchidee
La Maison Des Oliviers
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