Moroccan authorities have recently shown an increased tendency to prosecute. In practice, although not openly admitted or shown, sex between men is not uncommon, even if few people actively self-identify as gay.
Be extremely circumspect about using using social media apps to make contact with local gay men. There have been several instances of robbery and assault in . Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Morocco face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female. Rabat – “At the age of 14, my brother broke my two front teeth because he didn't like the way I walked,” recalled O.A, a gay man from Fes.
Platonic affection is freely shown among Moroccans, more so between men than women. For travellers, discretion is the key in most places.
Avoid public displays of affection. Be extremely circumspect about using using social media apps to make contact with local gay men. There have been several instances of robbery and assault in recent years.
Some towns are more gay-friendly than others, with Marrakesh winning the prize, followed by Tangier. However, there are are no dedicated gay destinations; nightlife in the bigger cities has become increasingly discreet in recent years.
The pressures of poverty mean morovco young men will consider having sex for money or gifts. Exploitative relationships form an unpleasant but real dimension of the Moroccan gay scene.