Gay Marokko

Sunny beaches, tasty local cuisine, and beautiful architecture make Morocco a popular destination for tourism. But with recent press coverage of conflict between authorities and activists, would-be LGBTQ tourists could be forgiven for asking, „is Morocco safe for gay and lesbian travelers?“ As with many places across the globe, the answer is a qualified yes, but with conditions. 

LGBTQ rights in Morocco are limited, compared to most European countries – under Article 489, „lewd or unnatural acts“ between members of the same sex is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years and a fine. This law, however, is enforced rarely against Moroccans, and even less frequently towards tourists. Abiding by local Islamic custom against public displays of affection (which applies to straight couples as well) is a reasonable protection against any official attention. Violating these norms, however, especially with a Moroccan citizen, is much riskier and can entail grave consequences.

The history of gay rights in Morocco is a strange and patchy one, which reflects the legacy of the country’s colonial era. Prior to independence in 1956, Morocco was administered as an international zone with more relaxed laws towards homosexuality, even more so than in the USA or UK for example. William S. Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch and Paul Bowles wrote The Sheltering Sky as they rented two different apartments in the same building in what became known as „Queer Tangier,“ all the while while socializing with Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, and Truman Capote, among other gay and bisexual authors. 

Despite Tangier’s queer past, Marrakech has now become the preferred destination for LGBTQ travelers in Morocco, with the city having a reputation for being more gay-friendly than the countryside or other cities of Morocco. Although the state of gay rights in Morocco has not permitted enough support for a Pride parade, activists have founded organizations, a magazine, and a nascent underground scene as a way to support and connect the local LGBTQ community.

During the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, hopes ran high for LGBTQ rights in Morocco. Activists organized a „kiss-in“ in front of Parliament in 2013, but the conservative backlash proved too intense. Still, LGBTQ Moroccans abroad have carved out their own spaces during Pride celebrations, and continue to fight on. So ultimately, is Morocco safe for LGBTQ travelers today? And, given that the city turned away a gay-themed cruise ship a few years ago, is Casablanca safe for gay and lesbian travelers? The truth is they aren’t as safe as they should be, but the degree to which attitudes have relaxed in the past few years is a testament to the hard work of activists as well as shifting attitudes worldwide towards LGBTQ people.

If you’re looking for gay accommodation in Morocco, and you like the idea of connecting with and supporting the local LGBTQ community, book your stay via misterb&b. In Morocco, misterb&b offers hotel recommendations as well as community-based room and apartment sharing, with discreet invoicing to preserve your privacy. Although there are risks concerning LGBTQ travel in Morocco, with 24-hour assistance through misterb&b, good travel advice, and a bit of adventure, you can make your trip to Morocco a safe and enjoyable one!

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 while sheltering at home amid a coronavirus lockdown.

In at least three cases, men were kicked out of their houses, L.G.B.T.Q. activists said. In interviews, many others in the country said they had been blackmailed and threatened, and thousands fear that their photos will be spread on social media.

“Here I am just waiting for my death sentence,” said a young man whose photos were leaked online and who spoke anonymously for fear of being attacked. “I’m frustrated and scared.”

In Morocco, a North African kingdom where homosexuality and sex outside marriage are crimes, gay people are painfully accustomed to the feelings of peril and rejection, and many keep their sexual identities under wraps.

Now, their cover has been blown in a way that would be criminal in most Western societies, rights advocates say. Yet they have no legal recourse.

“Forcibly outing people is not just an obvious violation of their right to privacy,” said Ahmed Benchemsi, the communications director for the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. “When wrapped in incitement to hate and calls to violence based on sexual orientation, it’s also a crime.”

“A legal system respectful of universal rights would empower victims to press charges,” he said. “But in Morocco, same-sex behavior is also criminalized, so victims could find themselves trapped in a tragic catch-22 situation.”

What makes this episode particularly painful, gay leaders say, is that it was ignited by someone who had also been singled out.

On April 13, a Moroccan transgender Instagram personality based in Istanbul, Naoufal Moussa or Sofia Talouni, was insulted about her sexual orientation. In a rage, she released a profanity-laced video encouraging women to download the location-based meeting apps, like Grindr and Planet Romeo, which are usually used by gay men.

In subsequent videos, she said her aim was to reveal the hypocrisy of Moroccan society by showing her attackers how many gay men were living in their vicinity, perhaps even in their own homes.

Many people followed Ms. Moussa’s lead and created fake accounts on the apps to gather photos of gay men, which they then posted on private and public Facebook pages, setting off the homophobic attacks.

The attacks ignited a firestorm of criticism, both of Ms. Moussa and of Morocco’s discriminatory laws.

Adam Eli, the founder of the New York-based activist group Voices4, worked in coordination with Moroccan L.G.B.T.Q. rights activists to get Ms. Moussa’s Instagram account deleted.

“For now the account has been suspended, and already a new one has popped up,” he said. “We did not solve the issue of queer-phobia in Morocco. However, we showed a bunch of young queer people, who are scared and in quarantine, that they are not alone, that they have the force of the international queer community behind them.”

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, confirmed that Ms. Moussa’s account had been suspended. “We don’t allow people to out members of the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community because it puts them at risk,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “We’ve disabled Naoufal Moussa’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, and we’re taking proactive steps to find and remove other content like this.”

What seems to have set Ms. Moussa off was a late-night conversation with a little-known Instagram user, who in an interview asked to be identified only as Yassine, for fear for his safety.

Ms. Moussa has attained a measure of fame in recent months, using her platform to talk crudely about sex and to entertain her followers in an insolent and confrontational manner in vulgar Moroccan Arabic. That has made her an object of fascination and horror to her more than half-million followers.

And she is known to despise L.G.B.T.Q. people who do not make their sexual orientation known.

Yassine, a 22-year-old, said he was initially delighted to be picked to go live on Instagram with Ms. Moussa. But what felt like an honor rapidly turned into embarrassment and shock as Ms. Moussa compelled him to acknowledge that he was gay, threatening to post revealing photos showing him with another gay man. It is unclear how she obtained the photos.

“I was shocked and then very scared,” Yassine said. “She destroyed my life.”

He has since been forced to move out of the house of a family member and to use his savings to rent a small apartment in Tangier.

“Everybody is sending the video and saying bad things about me,” he said. “My mom, also, she’s very sad. She’s not talking to me anymore. My friends at the gym, friends I went to school with — they all blocked me.”

Many who saw the outing of Yassine were outraged and attacked Ms. Moussa, flagging her account to Instagram. That’s when she got angry and suggested downloading gay meeting apps, which led to the outburst of anti-gay violence.

“My dating life in Morocco was somehow OK as long as my partner and I were being super discreet and cautious,” said one gay man who asked to be identified only by his initials, N.A., and says his family hasn’t seen the photos. He has been staying with his grandmother and waiting in fear for something bad to happen.

Abdellah Taia, a prominent gay author and one of few to publicly declare his sexual orientation in Morocco, says that the state keeps people in a gray area, making them vulnerable to abuse and discrimination and forcing many into hiding.

“This is a great and bitter Moroccan comedy,” he said, adding of the pandemic that is exacerbating the situation: “Corona reveals every day a little more how the weakest on this Earth are even weaker and more ostracized than we thought. It’s sad. It’s tragic. It’s revolting.”

Morocco’s Interior Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

The outing episode is seen by many as destroying a fragile balance that the country’s underground gay culture has built laboriously over the years, made even worse in a time of uncertainty and economic hardship. But they do have some support at home.

Nadia Bezad, the president of the Pan-African Organization for the Fight Against AIDS, said that while Morocco’s laws were unlikely to change, its health ministry encourages associations like hers to help vulnerable populations, including gay people.

“They can come to us without any danger or apprehension,” she said. “The reality is that they are tolerated but expected to remain invisible.”

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

Gay Reise nach Marrakesch

Wie bereits erwähnt, Marokko ist ein muslimischer Staat, in dem Homosexualität verboten und unter Strafe gestellt ist. Davon sollte man sich allerdings nicht abschrecken lassen, man sollte allerdings in der Öffentlichkeit nicht durch Händchen halten und romantische Umarmungen oder gar Küssen auffallen.

Gay Reise nach Marrakesch

Guide for gay people visiting Morocco

I can only feel sympathy and solidarity with Ray Cole and his partner (Report, 17 October). It must have been a horrific and frightening experience. But as an openly gay man who has travelled more than 20 times to Morocco in the last decade (often with my partner), it seems useful to make some things clear to other lesbian and gay travellers. 1) Male homosexuality is, theoretically, illegal in Morocco. However, the law is not imposed frequently. 2) Homosexuality is an accepted part of Moroccan culture and has been for centuries. Most ordinary people are not hostile if you respect local customs (discretion, not pursuing underage boys etc). In addition, extreme Islamism is very rare in Morocco. 3) The whole state apparatus in Morocco has problems with corruption. This means that officials, including police, can act for personal motives – of power, money or religion – without much regard for legal niceties. I have mostly found warm and open acceptance from ordinary Moroccan people as a gay man. Indeed, sometimes I have been pleasantly surprised: such as when the Moroccan-owned riad where we stay upgraded us to the best suite of rooms for free, on hearing that we had just had a civil partnership. So, I think the best advice is to be streetwise: bear in mind you are in a Muslim country where homosexuality is, at least in theory, illegal. Get to know the local people and their views (some places are much more religious than others). In most cases, I believe that you will have a friendly and relaxed experience.Patrick BakerLecturer in Politics, Goldsmiths, London

Guide for gay people visiting Morocco

Morocco: Gay Morocco

Topics include Transportation, Things to Do, Dining Scene & more!

Morocco has been a favourite travel destination for gay travellers for many years since the people are warm and welcoming and whilst a moslem country it is fairly liberal. Historically Tangiers was referred to as Costa del Sodomy by Joe Orton in the 1960’s since young attractive men would throw themselves at gay visitors and the harems that existed in the city. Times have since changed and it should be noted that homosexuality is illegal however the country is very tolerent and people live and let live and what happens behind closed doors remains there. Morocco is a country where the sexes were until recent decades, totally divided. Sexual activity among men has not been seen as gay. Only if a guy is passive would he be considered gay.

The concept of gay is a difficult one in Moroccan culture where family, marriage and having children are the focus of an individuals life. The idea of not having a wife and children is alien to many gay men.

Morocco is a young country with 40% of the population under 25. There are high levels of unemployment, no welfare state and many young guys both straight and gay opt to make a living working in the prositution industry. Remember this activity is illegal and there are cases where travelers have been blackmailed or worse and if the hustler is a minor you can expect a lengthy prison sentence.

As a gay traveller you do have need to take care. However male/male female/female couples will not find any problems in major hotels in Marrakech and Agadir. In fact Agadir is very popular with gay Europeans who enjoy the year round sunshine, cheap cost of living and the abundance of handsome looking men.

It is not uncommon to see guys holding hands and dancing together in discos, this should not imply that they are even the slightest bit gay. With the globalisation of the world many young men are stopping these practices as they are now aware that in Western culture it is considered gay and they do not wish to be associate with such a thing.

Single men will get approached with winks and smiles. If you are approached the most common question is are you married? Where is your wife? If you want to get rid of the guy then say she is at your hotel or apartment. You have to remember these guys are looking for payment and you should take care as gay travellers have been robbed and murdered by hustlers. 

You will find no gay scene, but Agadir has a large European gay community which meets in various cafes along Hassan II.

Many gay visitors fall in love, have holiday romances and even long term boyfriends but you should take care and consider the risks involved. 

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Morocco: Gay Morocco

Gay Guide Morocco

Homosexualit�t ist illegal und wird gem�ss Artikel 489 des Strafgesetzes mit 6 Monaten bis 3 Jahren Haft und einer Geldbusse bestraft. Anders als in vielen L�ndern wird auch lesbischer Sex ausdr�cklich untersagt. 2016 sorgte ein Fall f�r weltweite Emp�rung: zwei M�dchen wurden in Marakkesch verhaftet, nachdem eine Cousine ein Foto von ihnen gemacht hatte, auf dem die beiden sich k�ssen. Es gab Kampagnen in sozialen Medien, den beiden zu helfen. Anfang Dezember 2016 wurden sie schliesslich freigesprochen. Die Gesetze werden zwar nur sporadisch angewandt, sollen aber dazu dienen, dass die Regierung die Queercommunity kontrollieren kann. Die Namen von jedem, der wegen Vorw�rfen homosexueller Handlungen verhaftet wird, werden ver�ffentlicht � egal ob er nun wirklich schwul ist oder nicht. Dass diese Gesetze auch f�r Ausl�nder ernst zu nehmen sind, zeigt ein Vorfall aus dem Jahr 2014. Ein schwuler Brite wurde zu vier Monaten Haft verurteilt, jedoch nach Protesten der britischen Regierung freigelassen. Morocco besitzt eine m�nnlich und muslimisch gepr�gte Kultur � wie in vielen Teilen der muslimischen Welt wird Wert auf den Erhalt des Patriarchats und traditionelle Geschlechterrollen gesetzt, weshalb die Bev�lkerung der Queercommunity sehr kritisch gegen�bersteht. Die Diskrepanz zwischen oft europ�ischem Wohlstandstourismus und der einheimischen Kultur f�hrt zu einer schwierigen Situation f�r homosexuelle Touristen � man k�nnte sich in falscher Sicherheit wiegen. Teilweise wird offen geflirtet und Prostitution angeboten, Geld spielt oft eine Rolle. Dennoch sollte man ganz besonders vorsichtig sein, da sich dahinter auch eine Masche verbergen k�nnte, die lediglich der Erpressung dient. Es gibt keine Anerkennung gleichgeschlechtlicher Partnerschaften und keinen Schutz vor Diskriminierungen basierend auf der sexuellen Identit�t oder Orientierung. Eine einzige Organisation setzt sich f�r die Community vor Ort ein: Kif-Kif, die auch ein queeres Magazin betreiben, das allerdings in Spanien gedruckt werden muss. Die Regierung verbietet jedoch weder das Magazin, noch die Vereinigung � es gibt auch einige Berichte dar�ber, dass Bildungsseminare von Kif-Kif mitfinanziert werden. Generell gibt es seit dem Arabischen Fr�hling mehr Bem�hungen in dem nordafrikanischen Land, eine offenere Kultur zu schaffen.

Morocco safe for identifiably gay men?

My same-sex partner and I are considering a trip to Morocco, but I have a nagging worry that it will not be safe for us. I think that I am not obviously gay. I do not think that it occurs to most Americans that I am because my speech and mannerisms are not recognizably gay. On the other hand, my partner has a voice with a higher-than-average pitch. When he speaks to strangers on the phone, they often address him as „ma’am“. His mannerisms sometimes also give him away. We have been living together for 8 years and are legally married, and I think that our body language might give us away as a couple. We know not to make any public display of affection in Morocco, but the way we naturally stand next to each other, the way we are attuned to each other might be noticeable. My partner and I both dress conservatively and have short hair, so we would not stand out visually. We also would plan to request rooms with two beds so as not to offend Moroccan sensibilities. Still, I worry that people, and in particular young men who are capable of violence, might figure us out and target us. Am I right to be worried? Thanks in advance.

I met a number of very obviously gay men during my time in Morocco, including some Moroccans. Indeed, Morocco is one of only two places in the world where I have ever been propositioned for gay sex on the street. I’m not gay myself, and am not an expert on the scene, but Morocco has long had a reputation for being one of the more gay-friendly places on the planet.

I suppose you might want to be a little careful where you sleep (at least in out of the way places), but if you stick to the main tourist towns, the only problem you’re likely to have if anyone notices that you’re gay is frequent harassment from touts wanting to take you to a hammam for a special „Berber massage“. And I would be very surprised if places like Fes and Marrakesh didn’t have gay-friendly hotels.

As above. ..I have gay friends living in Casablanca, and they seem to have no problems is an open gay scene.

Probably not the same in small towns and villages, but I guess you will be visiting tourist places?

A friend knowing I contribute on TT told me to always check Purple they’re right:(other advice (save money by flying United Airlines) was SO one’s perfect)

Thanks for these responses. We would hope to visit both Marrakech and Fes, which I guess are „tourist places“, but we would also want to see Ait Ben Haddou, and maybe Azgd and the Erg Chigaga (I was intrigued by this operator: ). Also, because I am a hiker, maybe a night or two in Imlil.

When we travel, we do not like to stick to a gay ghetto. We are not particularly interested in the gay „scene“. We are a happy monogamous couple not looking for romantic adventure, and we find local straight people just as interesting as local gay people. We like to get a little off the beaten track at least once during a trip. We would rather not be restricted to „gay friendly“ lodging because we have found that often it commands a premium price without offering corresponding quality. In most places we have been, this has not been an issue, because hotel owners do not care who you are as long as you are a good, paying guest. Is Morocco a place where we would really have to confine ourselves to the few places that have advertised themselves as „gay friendly“? Would we have to confine ourselves to the big, touristed cities? Thanks again.

I’ve seen guys sharing rooms in Morocco a lot, and in all sorts of places from cheap hostels to more highbrow places. Lots of western male travellers will share rooms, both straight and gay, and I’ve never heard of an issue. I don’t think the gay couples advertised the fact they were gay so I suppose they just blended in to the numerous other guys sharing rooms.

My fella travelled around Morocco with 2 male friends and they always shared a room together (often with a double bed), or in a two and a single room, and they travelled to both touristy and out-of-the-way places and no one batted an eyelid.

I find Morocco to be a surprisingly tolerant country, and though conservative at heart they have a history of tolerance towards visitors. Like anywhere in the world though, there’s always a small contingency that may pass comment or give you a second glance, but as others have suggested it’s more than likely to lead to a proposition than an insult.

I’m pretty sure you’ll attract a lot less attention than you expect and find no difficulties in getting a room.

Let us know how your experience was when you get back so we can confirm our ramblings aren’t too far off the mark and reassure others with similar questions.

I’m with kate88, I don’t think that you are going to be anymore restricted in your travels in Morocco than a straight couple would be. In the main tourist cities, I don’t think you’re going to have an issue at all. My suggestion of gay-friendly hotels was because I thought you might feel more comfortable there, not because I think you ought to restrict yourselves to such hotels for any reason. In the regular, cheap hotels that I stayed at in Fes and Marrakesh, I’m sure you guys would have been perfectly welcome.

In smaller, out of the way places, you might not want to be that open about your homosexuality, but as kate points out, that’s unlikely to stop you even from sharing a room together (and in really out-of-the-way places in Morocco, you’ll often be sleeping on a rooftop or in a courtyard anyway, rather than a room!).

If you’re a hiker, you may well enjoy more than 2 days around Imlil, not to mention other mountain areas of the country. Morocco is a fabulous country for hiking.

Thanks to both of you. This is very reassuring. I think this means we will be going, insha’allah!

i met many gays tourists in my town and never claimed that they are or they have bad experience and all what is important during your jounrey to Morocco is to not to kiss each other on the streets or try to provique Moroccans culture and religion , all hotels don’t care about gays having one double bed . hide your intimity and your acts as gays in public places in order not to hurt locals and enjoy your vacations in Morocco

Morocco is a culturally diverse, Muslim-majority country in North Africa. It was a magnet for gay people when homosexuality was outlawed in Europe and America – as readers of Joe Orton will know! It’s still a big draw for gay travellers. Public displays of affection aren’t recommended – whether you’re gay or straight.

Homepage / Marokko

Wenn Marokko ein Land bleibt, das in einer für Schwule und Lesben ungünstigen Tradition geprägt ist, gibt es immer noch Städte wie Marrakesch, Taroudant oder Essaouira, die von schwulen Touristen seit vielen Jahren geschätzt werden. Mit Gay Sejour finden Sie die besten Adressen für Schwule, um Ihre Reise nach Marokko zu organisieren. Dank des Netzwerks und der von Gay Sejour geschaffenen Verbindung können wir unseren Gästen die Zuverlässigkeit, Qualität, Authentizität und Freundlichkeit unserer Rezeption und unserer Programme in Marokko garantieren.

Als westlichstes der drei Maghrebländer grenzt es im Norden an das Mittelmeer, im Westen an den Atlantischen Ozean und im Osten an Algerien.

Populäre Gay-Reiseziele in Marokko

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Morocco cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Morocco in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Morocco.

Below we show a Morocco cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Infos, Reiseziele & Hotels für Schwule und Lesben

Welche Urlaubsländer sind besonders gay friendly? In welchen Hotels trifft man auf Gleichgesinnte und wo finden die besten Events statt? Ich habe die Gay Travel Trends der letzten und nächsten Jahre für euch zusammengestellt.

Wie tolerant sind die Menschen, Urlaubsländer und Gesetze in Sachen Gay Travel? Werden Homosexuelle verfolgt? Gibt es religiöse oder gesellschaftliche Vorbehalte? Ich habe mir das Thema Gay Travel mal genauer angesehen und die wichtigsten Infos für euch in diesem Artikel zusammengestellt.

Was Gay Travel ausmacht

1993 wurde die Reiseorganisation „Gay & Lesbian Travel Associaton“ (IGLTA) von einer Gruppe von Reiseveranstaltern und Hoteliers gegründet. Große Reiseveranstalter wie DERTOUR bieten eigens für diese Zielgruppe Reisekataloge an. Und auch beim Blind Booking können Schwule und Lesben mittlerweile Destinationen auswählen, die besonders gay friendly sind. Selbstverständlich sind die Interessen bei Homosexuellen wie auch bei Heterosexuellen ganz unterschiedlich: Die einen wollen einen Strandurlaub verbringen, die anderen zum Sightseeing in eine Stadt und andere wiederum favorisieren womöglich auch eine Kreuzfahrt, weil sie sich schlichtweg auf kein bestimmtes Land oder keine Stadt festlegen können. Urlaub für Schwule und Lesben ist vielfältig, aber leider keinesfalls grenzenlos möglich.

Das Reiseverhalten von Schwulen und Lesben unterscheidet sich übrigens häufig auch gravierend, denn lesbische Paare haben oft andere Vorstellungen als schwule Paare. Während Frauen einen Urlaub eher mit Kultur, Erholung und Ruhe verbinden, stehen bei den Männern oft Party, Strand und Kultur auf dem Programm. Aufgrund dieses unterschiedlichen Reiseverhaltens ist es auch nicht verwunderlich, dass Reiseveranstalter, Bars, Clubs und manche sogar in kompletten Stadtvierteln ihre Angebote verstärkt auf Schwule ausrichten.

Kreuzfahrten für Gays

Wer sich auf kein bestimmtes Ziel festlegen möchte, sondern die Vielfalt liebt, der sollte eine Kreuzfahrt in Erwägung ziehen. Ob Hetero- oder eben Homosexuell – Die Vorteile einer Kreuzfahrt sind gleich: Man kann es sich auf Deck so richtig gut gehen lassen und bei spannenden Landgängen gleich mehrere Ziele ansteuern. Viele Anbieter wie TUI und Norwegian haben sich mit ihren gay friendly Cruises bereits einen Namen in der Szene gemacht und organisieren regelmäßig Kreuzfahrten für Schwule und Lesben. Die Auswahl der Ziele ist dabei so bunt wie die Community: Kroatien, Griechenland, Istanbul, Rom, aber auch Singapur und Thailand stehen bei solchen Kreuzfahrten auf dem Plan.

Gay Travel Geheimtipps

Der Blick auf den Gay Travel Index zeigt aber nicht nur Länder wie Schweden, die wir sowieso schon als besonders gay friendly empfunden haben, sondern auch Reiseziele, mit denen viele von euch in diesem Zusammenhang vielleicht gar nicht unbedingt gerechnet hätten:

Gefährliche Länder für Schwule und Lesben

Wie bereits am Anfang des Artikels erwähnt, gibt es viele Länder, die als weniger schwulenfreundlich bis hin zu gay feindlich gelten. In manchen Ländern befinden sich Homosexuelle sogar wahrlich in Gefahr, wenn sie ihre Sexualität offen ausleben.

Durch die Beurteilung des Gay Travel Index fällt auf, dass Länder wie der Iran, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Nigeria und Ägypten gleichgeschlechtliche Paare keinesfalls tolerieren. Im Gegenteil: Es werden zum Teil sogar Todesstrafen für homosexuelle Handlungen verhangen. So werden im Iran, der mit dem 194. Platz den viertletzten Rang belegt, Menschen alleine für ihre homosexuelle Zuneigung öffentlich hingerichtet. Ausschlaggebender Grund für dieses Verhalten ist besonders der sehr hohe religiöse Einfluss in der Gesellschaft. Auch in Russland und Jordanien werden Schwule und Lesben wegen ihrer Homosexualität oftmals verfolgt. Laut des Gay Travel Index gelten folgende, durchaus beliebte Urlaubsländer, für Schwule und Lesben als ungeeignet bis gefährlich:

Etoile d’Agadir

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If you know any other places or spots where Cruising can be practised in Morocco, you can add them to the map and share them with the rest of gay people through this link: Add a new cruising spot in Morocco

LGBTQ+ Travel Tips for Morocco

As a conservative Muslim country where homosexuality is illegal, there aren’t any official “gay hot spots” or LGBTQ+ celebrations. That’s not to say that gay-friendly bars, restaurants, night clubs or beaches do not exist. In urban centers like Tangier, Marrakech and Agadir, it’s possible to find gay-friendly accommodations and spots that welcome a mix of gay and straight visitors. Self-proclaimed as the “best club in Morocco,” Pacha Marrakech is part of the international club chain and caters to a mixed audience. The Tangier Inn located within the Hotel El Muniria is a long-standing nightclub in Tangier that draws in a liberal crowd. In the beach town of Agadir, the Flamingo Oriental Night Club brings in a mix of locals and tourists and is busiest on the weekends.

Gay Travel Index: Die schwulenfreundlichsten Länder

Auch wenn die Menschen in vielen Ländern Schwulen und Lesben gegenüber toleranter und gelassener geworden sind, gibt es immer noch einige Ausnahmen. Im hat der Berliner Bruno Gmünder Verlag die Länder der Welt hinsichtlich diverser Kriterien untersucht: Gibt es Gesetze gegen Diskriminierung? Wie sieht es mit der Homo-Ehe aus? Dürfen Schwule und Lesben Kinder adoptieren? Auf Platz eins und damit die schwulenfreundlichsten Länder der Welt sind Portugal, Schweden, Österreich und Kanada! Aber auch Urlaub in Belgien ist empfehlenswert. Zu den am wenigsten geeigneten Urlaubsregionen der Welt für Schwule und Lesben gehören Tschetschenien, Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Russland, Jamaika und auch das beliebte Urlaubsland Ägypten.

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Deutschland ist im Gay Travel Index 2019 von Platz 3 auf Platz 23 abgerutscht. Als Grund dafür wird unter anderem die Zunahme der Gewalt an der LGBT Gemeinde im Land aufgeführt. Weiter unten im Artikel findet ihr eine Auflistung der Länder, die bei Urlaubern sehr beliebt sind, für Schwule und Lesben allerdings nicht die erste Wahl sein sollten.

Gran Canaria, Mykonos & Berlin – Gay Travel in Europa

Europa hat viele interessante Reiseziele zu bieten, an denen Schwule und Lesben ohne Sorge vor Ablehnung und schrägen Blicken urlauben können. Auch der bereits erwähnte Gay Travel Index zeigt, dass viele Länder, die als besonders gay friendly eingestuft werden, in Europa liegen.

Ein Favorit unter den Reisezielen für Schwule und Lesben in Europa stellt dabei die Insel Gran Canaria dar. Hier befinden sich jede Menge Bars, Diskotheken und Strände, die sich perfekt auf die Queer-Community eingestellt haben. Als Zentrum der Community gilt hier das Yumbo Center in Playa del Inglés, das nicht nur mit zahlreichen Shoppingmöglichkeiten, sondern auch mit bunten Bars, wie der Bar Adonis oder der Bar Diamonds, sowie hippen Clubs überzeugen kann. Tipp: Jedes Jahr im Mai – in diesem Jahr vom 07. bis 17. Mai 2020 – findet auf Gran Canaria die beliebte Gay Pride Maspalomas statt. Eine Woche lang feiern, sonnen und neue Leute kennenlernen. Übrigens: Alle Gran Canaria Sehenswürdigkeiten findet ihr in meinem Reisemagazin.

Spanien ist in Sachen Gay Travel ein echtes Trendziel, denn nicht nur Gran Canria, sondern auch die Baleareninsel Ibiza ist ein Urlaubsparadies und zählt nach wie vor zu den Top Destinationen der Schwulen- und Lesbenszene. Dabei ist vor allem der Platja d’es Cavallet im Süden der Insel ein bevorzugter Treffpunkt. Erfahrt in meinen ausführlichen Ibiza Tipps, wo die Partyhotspots sind, außerdem habe ich für euch ausgekundschaftet, wo ihr die schönsten Strände auf Ibiza findet.

Immer weiter in den Fokus der Reisenden rückt Portugal. Das Land, das im Gay Travel Index 2019 gemeinsam mit Schweden und Kanada den ersten Platz belegt, tut einiges für die Stärkung der Rechte der LGBT Gemeinde und wird so auch immer mehr zum beliebten Reiseziel. Wie wäre es also mit einer Portugal Rundreise, bei der ihr auch an interessanten Städten wie Lissabon und Porto vorbeikommt?

Wenn die Rede von Urlaubszielen ist, die besonders gay friendly sind, darf die griechische Insel nicht fehlen. Zahlreiche Gay-Strände wie der Super Paradise Beach und ein buntes Nachtleben in den unzähligen Bars und Clubs der Insel sind das schlagende Argument für einen Griechenland Urlaub auf einer der wohl schönsten Kykladeninseln. Vor allem das Stadtviertel Klein-Venedig im Zentrum von Mykonos Stadt ist ein beliebter Treffpunkt der Community.

Weil die Insel zu den beliebtesten Urlaubszielen der Szene gehört, habe ich der Schwuleninsel Mykonos bereits einen eigenen Artikel in meinem Reisemagazin gewidmet. Hier erfahrt ihr die Hotspots der Insel und welche Events ihr nicht verpassen dürft! Bei Gay Travellern nicht minder beliebt ist übrigens auch die griechische Insel Lesbos. So ist der kleine Küstenort Skala Eressos einer der Orte, der insbesondere lesbische Reisende anspricht. Diese kommen vor allem an einem Termin auf die schöne Insel: im September, wenn das Festival Sappho Women stattfindet. In diesem Jahr findet das Festival, bei dem Workshops, Konzerte und Partys auf dem Programm stehen, übrigens vom 05. bis zum 19. September 2020 statt.

Gaytravel in Deutschland

Wer statt Strandurlaub lieber einen Sightseeingtrip in eine Metropole bevorzugt, wird ebenfalls in Europa fündig. Ganz vorne mit dabei ist unsere trendige Hauptstadt Berlin, die sogar zu den größten Gay-Metropolen Europas zählt. Eventtipp: Am 25. Juli 2020 findet auf dem Berliner Kurfürstendamm der alljährliche Christopher Street Day statt. Seid dabei, wenn die Vielfalt in unserer Hauptstadt gefeiert wird! Alle Highlights der Stadt erfahrt ihr übrigens in meinen ausführlichen Berlin Tipps.

Natürlich darf auch die rheinische Metropole Köln in der Auflistung der gay friendly Städte in Deutschland nicht fehlen. Kaum eine andere Stadt ist so bekannt für ihre Schwulenszene, nirgendwo sonst scheinen Gays so akzeptiert zu werden – Köln in NRW ist eben ein echtes Paradebeispiel wenn es um die Gleichstellung Homosexueller geht. Am 05. Juli 2020 geht es dann besonders bunt zu, denn dann findet der alljährliche CSD Köln statt. Anregungen für euren Städtetrip bekommt ihr in meinen Köln Tipps.

Weitere spannende Ziele für einen gay friendly Städtetrip in Europa sind zum Beispiel die Metropolen München, Wien, Stockholm und Kopenhagen. Neben den typischen Szenebars und Clubs bieten diese Städte auch Platz für tolle Events, wie spezielle Weihnachtsmärkte oder Gay Pride Paraden. Die Übersicht aller CSD Termine zeigt, dass viele europäische Städte den Queers tolerant und offen gegenüberstehen und Gleichberechtigung und Vielfalt unterstützen. Tipp: Wenn ihr noch auf der Suche nach einem passenden Angebot für euren nächsten Städtetrip seid, empfehle ich euch einen Blick in meine aktuellen Angebote.

Gay Travel in Thailand, Südafrika & Israel

Seit einigen Jahren zieht es Gay Traveller auch in bisher von der Community unentdeckte Gefilde. Ganz vorne mit dabei sind Destinationen in Thailand, Südafrika und Israel.

Besonders die Thailänder gelten als offene und tolerante Gesellschaft, schließlich sind hier auch Transsexuelle und Ladyboys etwas ganz Normales. Auf allen beliebten Inseln, wie Koh Samui, Koh Phangan und Koh Chang, gibt es Bars und Hotels, die sich perfekt auf die Wünsche der Gays eingestellt haben und so für einen unbeschwerten Urlaub im Paradies sorgen. Schaut euch doch mal meine Thailand Tipps an und entscheidet, welche Insel am besten zu euch passt!

Werden Schwule und Lesben auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent oftmals diskriminiert und sogar verfolgt, stellt das Land Südafrika einen Kontrast zum Rest des Kontinents dar. Besonders in Kapstadt und Johannesburg hat sich mittlerweile eine bunte Szene etabliert, die sich kaum von der in den Gay-Metropolen Europas unterscheidet. Mit der Cape Town Pride im Februar und der Johannesburg Pride im Oktober eines jeden Jahres haben die Gay Pride Paraden schon vor Jahrzehnten Einzug in Südafrika gehalten. In meinem Reisemagazin habe ich ergänzende Kapstadt Tipps und Johannesburg Tipps für euren Urlaub.

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Britt K

This was a really interesting read. I know of a few LGBTQ+ friends that have avoided travelling as much as they would like simply out of fear of how they would be perceived and treated in other countries. This is especially true of those where there are still laws in place to persecute the community. That being said, it is promising to read that (while it is still illegal), the acceptance of gay travellers has been moving in a more positive direction. I am going to share this article with a few people that I know have expressed an interest in Morocco in the past.

Jacob Meleras

Thanks so much for this article!! It’ll be myself and two of my close friends (both queer women,) and reading this guide reassured what I was feeling while also putting to rest many of my fears. Since telling family, friends and coworkers I’m going to Morocco, I’ve gotten any kind of comment from, “be careful” to “Don’t get decapitated!” It’s unfortunate but I think a lot of the stigma comes from not only our view of Muslims but also of people of colour. Of course Morocco’s diverse and has every religion and shade but it’s still a Muslim country in North-Africa, so a lot of people make a lot of assumptions.

Nonetheless I’m also not planning on going there for the gay sex life, and definitely not to sit on my phone on Grindr!! It’s wonderful that there’s a beautiful North-African country where I can experience it’s deep roots while not feeling to overwhelmingly fearful of my identity.

That being said I think I’ll be retreating into the closet for my brief 10 day visit, which is convenient anyways for my two friends, seeing as I’ve heard they may be asked about their relationship status quite often. I’m about to become a husband of two!

Thanks again, great article and couldn’t be better timing!


This is one of the global hotspots for theft and tricks, it’s a crap destination for gay fun, nobody can host, and you can’t host because you will have security in your hotel that wont let them in. My friend was robbed at knife point in his room by a black guy, who looked the same as the pics on Grindr but it wasn’t him, there’s not a single genuine money free meeting available. Tourists have sex with tourists that’s it, the whole place is a con for gays. It’s beautiful and cultural and we loved our time here, but if you are thinking to book a gay break don’t even bother it’s crap. Unsafe and waste of money.

Gregory George

Interesting observations, Babs. We were travelling with a group of gay men who were not looking for fun: rather enjoy the culture, food, and customs that are Morrocco. If you are looking for the type of experience you are mentioning, then I agree. Morocco is not your destination.

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Morocco in one word is vibrant. From the white, snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the golden hues of the Sahara Desert to the lush green farms, travelers to this north African country are immersed in the vibrant colors of a geographically diverse nation. Setting foot in one of the ancient medinas will transport you to a world from the past: narrow streets with towering walls and markets (souks) full of artisan goods, spice-laden food and bustling crowds of people.

A sense of organized chaos fills your senses as streets are often shared by large tour buses, motorcycles, horse-drawn carts and pedestrians all at once. Some visitors may feel overwhelmed while others find this to be a thrilling adventure in a mystical land only seen on movie screens. Whichever your knee-jerk reaction might be, take a deep breath and brace yourself for exotic sights, sounds and smells as you begin your journey in the Kingdom of Morocco.

It’s important to note here that in Morocco homosexual acts are illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison. Even though this is not always enforced, it’s smart to use street sense and avoid PDAs (public displays of affection) as this is culturally frowned upon for both opposite and same-sex couples. As in any country, respect local customs and most people will not be hostile. Transgender travelers should be especially aware of potentially abusive behavior, particularly to transgender women, due in part to a lack of education in the country and conservative Muslim values.