What’s It Like To Be Gay in … Morocco?

For those who heard about the case of Ray Cole—a British tourist arrested last year in Marrakech, Morocco, on suspicion of committing “homosexual acts” and sentenced to four months’ hard time in a Moroccan jail prior to his early release—it is perhaps difficult to imagine that Morocco was something of a gay paradise for white men of standing in the aftermath of World War II.

Gore Vidal describes the queer scene in his memoir, Palimpsest:. “A pack of queens were on the move that...

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