There is a recent crisis amongst the gay community in Morocco that has resulted in many gay men disappearing or even committing suicide. This is thanks to transgender beauty influencer Sofia Talouni, who used her verified Instagram account with 6000,000+ followers to out gay men in the country, with the intent of having them hunted down and arrested.
It is illegal to be gay in Morocco, and is punishable by fine and up to 3 years in prison. Homophobia is rampant in the country, with many gay men fearing social ostracization and violence.
Talouni went live on her Instagram to encourage her female followers to create fake gay dating apps to discover and lure the gay men in their lives to admit their sexual orientation. Instagram has responded by deleting her account, but the damage she did was immense.
After her call to action, a flood of women and straight men created fake ads and outed between 50-100 gay men. Tragically, 2 of these men have reportedly committed suicide.
It is unclear where the hatred for gay men Talouni has expressed comes from, but her actions have been destructive in a way that many LGBT people in Western countries are shocked by. I recently uploaded a video chronicling her actions, and you can watch it below.