“Being a lesbian in Morocco is so taboo that people wonder if it really exists.”

© Nastasja Saerens

Rajae is 21 years old and comes from Morocco. She left her country as a teenager to avoid an arranged marriage. Being a lesbian in Morocco is so taboo that she couldn’t put her desires into words. She chose to seek asylum in Belgium. In Morocco, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by 6 months to 3 years in prison.

Rajae wants to fully embrace her sexual orientation, get her papers to travel and discover the world and other cultures, become an artist and open a vintage clothing shop.

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Rainbow Welcome! visual universe

Rainbow Welcome! visual identity has been developed by Alison Roger France, in collaboration with PLS and all the partners. 

She studied the complexity of sexuality, sexual orientations, genders, gender expressions, identities, sexual characteristics, fluidity between the various spectrums, etc. She also adopted a reflective creation process including refugees’ journey in life and on earth to finally come with those organic forms whose nasting, movements and textures aim at illustrating the multiplicity and complexity of each and all individuals. Of course, the colours of the LGBTIQ+ flag have been used. The whole is wanted to be dynamic, intriguing and … positive. Our message is the one of reception and inclusion, as stated in our motto “Rainbow refugees, WELCOME!”.