Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Morocco (including the 80 percent of Western Sahara controlled by Morocco) face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco. Morocco's statute and culture towards LGBT issues stands in stark contrast to neighboring Spain.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Article 489 of the Penal Code of Morocco criminalizes “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.”. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams. with a degree of tolerance extended to homosexuality in the holiday resorts like Marrakesh. Oftentimes these relationships are a form of prostitution, involving tourists. The legal status of LGBT people living in Morocco stems largely from traditional Islamic morality, which views homosexuality and cross-dress as signs of... Read More