2 Moroccan students to prison for 'feminine appearance'

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A court in Marrakesh, Morocco, sentenced two university students to three months in prison earlier this week, according to the website of Aswat Magazine, which serves the LGBT community of Morocco.
The men were arrested for having a “feminine appearance.”
Each of them was also fined 500 Moroccan dirhams (about US $61).
According to newspaper reports, one of the students has a master’s degree and is pursuing postgraduate studies in law; the other is in his second year in science and technology studies at the Semlalia Faculty of Sciences in Marrakesh, Aswat reported.
In Morocco, homosexuality arrests that are based entirely on a person’s appearance are not new, Aswat said.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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