How to Visit Morocco as a Gay Man

Author: , October 22nd, 2014

Morocco - Google MapsI 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.

By Patrick Baker – Full Story at The Guardian | Morocco Gay Travel Resources

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A Gay Jew Returns to Germany

Author: , January 14th, 2012

When I landed in Berlin’s Tegel Airport for a nine-day trip, I exited the plane and was surprised to see the baggage carousel right outside my gate. “How efficient,” I thought. Then I realized I had just failed my very first test of Break That German Stereotype.

Germany Close Up is a program administered by the New Synagogue of Berlin and supported by a grant from the European Recovery Program of the German Federal Ministry. It aims to present North American Jews with a first-hand experience of modern Germany. When I applied, I was most curious as to how I, a gay Jew, would feel walking around the streets of Berlin.

Arriving in Berlin a day early, some of us toured the city on our own. “What brings your group to Berlin?” the locals asked. “Oh, we’re here for a fellowship,” or, “We’re here for a young professionals program,” we would respond, always leaving out the part about being Jewish.

Full Story from the Huffington Post

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Gay Man Visits 30 Cities for 30 Dates With 30 Men

Author: , November 13th, 2010

30 Dates With 30 Men in 30 Cities“I did find something special… I found 33 amazing individuals who were willing to take a chance on love and life. A shout out to all of them.” -Kevin Richberg

I said one of the purposes in founding SFGN was to illuminate gay lives. Today we shine the light on an intriguing young man who has engaged unique odysseys in his journey on this Earth. His latest adventure perhaps was even bolder than his hiking of Mount Kilimanjaro, bull shark diving in the Fiji Islands, or bathing in a mud volcano in Columbia. This young self-motivated gay adventurer, who embraces life so enthusiastically, entered on the most feared journey of all: he embarked on an amazing journey into the heart and soul of gay life-dating.

Online, Kevin Richberg, who graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from MIT, after finishing school in Southern California, announced that he was going to criss-cross America in search of thirty dates with thirty different men in thirty different cities. Call it speed dating raised to a higher power.

Using his skills as a self-sustaining journalist, he was going to write and blog about his dates and his experiences – and he did, from Pensacola to Spokane. With updates on advocate.com, Twitter, his website, and a Facebook page, Kevin recorded his transcontinental dating escapades, which culminated with his last date, on October 31, in Beijing, China, where he confides online, that “it did not go well.” Still this is a journey worth sharing.

Full Story from SFGN

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