LGBT Travellers

  • Homosexual acts (including kissing) are illegal in Morocco, and carry a potential jail term of up to three years and/or a fine. 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.
  • 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 many young men will consider having sex for money or gifts. Exploitative relationships form an unpleasant but real dimension of the Moroccan gay scene.
  • Lesbians shouldn’t encounter any problems, though it’s commonly believed by Moroccans that there are no lesbians in their country.