Hidden within the unambiguous and oftentimes intimate affection condoned by society and shared by two men, lies a community of deviants in the eyes of Islam and of the state, indulging in the acts and behaviors of same-gender relations – sexual in nature and occurrence. Despite its outlaw and severe stigmatization in society, male homosexuality in urban Morocco is predominately alive and present under such conditions. Visible, if only at times under the most discrete of manners, it is attainable and vast in its outlets and manifestations. Homosexuality, however defined or denied by its participants, surfaces in all corners of Moroccan culture – cafes, parks, street corners, clubs, the internet, and at home.
The interactions of this community, discrete yet blatant to those aware of its nuances, take forms of all kinds and reveal its unique and sometimes precarious position in the lives of Moroccan men. From online chat rooms to dark boulevards, or the privacy of the hammam to the open and colorful Djemaa el Fna Square, the gay community is in motion with points of entry for nearly any Moroccan gay urbanite.
Brian Braun, ’07 Troy, OH
Majors: International Relations, German
Sponsor: Erin Davis