When you think of Morocco, you may imagine the mysterious markets of Marrakech, mule-drawn carts carrying stacked carpets, and sun-drenched squares where men coerce rattlesnakes out of baskets. The birthplace of Yves Saint Laurent’s rich Majorelle blue is also where Carrie Bradshaw rushed through the souk in a panicked search for her passport — that’s right, Sex and the City 2 may have been set in Abu Dhabi, but it was filmed outside of Marrakech.
But there is a lot more that happens beneath the colorfully decorated surface of this nearly-1,000-year-old city. Marrakech’s magic hides a much crueler situation for the LGBTQ community, which is not yet accepted or welcomed by a government strongly tied to its religion. The recent story of two teenage girls put on trial for kissing in Marrakech is proof of that reality.
The land of pointy-toed babouches and tajines is also one where same-sex acts may be punishable by up to three years in jail, according to article 489 of the country’s penal code. Moroccan law penalizes what it refers to as “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.”
Read more at: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Morocco | Teen Vogue