Okay, Al-Arabiya, We Get It
Even though the gathering is called The Special Conference of Gay Moroccans (المؤتمر الخاص بالمثليين الجنسيين المغاربة), al-Arabiya still uses "sexual deviants" (الشواذ جنسيا) to refer to gay people elsewhere in the article. It's clear what al-Arabiya thinks of gay people, but it's not clear what happened to al-Arabiya's long-lost objectivity.
The conference is supposed to bring gay people from all over Morocco, including the cities of Agadir, Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier. Al-Arabiya says that residents of Tetouan are concerned about why Tetouan was chosen for this conference, and the legal legitimacy of such an assembly. A quote from the article, translated by me:
The citizens display great fear that homosexuals will "arrive in large numbers" in their city, especially since the timing of the conference coincides with the summer holiday season and the revival of tourism in the city through both Moroccan and foreign families on summer vacation, during what a newspaper (Al-Sharia al-Tetouani) called the Moroccan "renewal" .The article then goes on to discuss Moroccan punishment for homoseual acts and the prevalence of the internet as a tool for gay people to connect (which I cannot dispute).
When they hear news of this conference, which was announced by the organization in connection with external sources, the citizens remember a "similar" conference in July 2004, where homosexuals gathered in a local hall (an inference of sexual activity). Local authorities intervened after many complaints, arresting 43 people, including 33 men and 10 women. Authorities later released them under pressure from national and international organizations.
I don't trust al-Arabiya (they've lied before), so I don't know whether the fear of the people of Tetouan is real or fabricated. I find al-Arabiya's fascination with gay people. I also severely question the insistence of Western influence on gay gatherings in the Middle East. They always pull the West card to discredit the Eastern-ness of gay people in the East. I'm not in Morocco, and I can't find the Tetouan newspaper online, so I can't attest to the article's validity.