Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 06/15/2019

Malaysian human rights group reject LGBTI rights in letter

A Malaysian human rights campaigner has rejected LGBTI rights, claiming they are a ‘western import’. Azril Mohd Amin from the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) wrote a letter to…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2019

‘I categorically deny this vicious libel’: Malaysian minister Azmin Ali condemns gay sex video as attempt to ruin his reputation

Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali rejected claims he was in a gay sex video that went viral earlier this week, and vowed to expose those behind the “abominable” allegations. “I categorically…

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ADDED ON: 06/09/2019

A little tiff over LGBT normalisation in Malaysia

A Malaysian conservative Muslim rights activist called out Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah for his alleged lack of concern regarding the ‘normalisation’ of LGBT in the country. Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar is the president…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2019

H&M Malaysia does not carry pro-LGBT collection, rep confirms

Fashion retailer H&M has confirmed that its collection supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is not available in Malaysia. Malaysiakini reported Sweden-based H&M’s Malaysia & Singapore communications manager Abby…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2019

Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows

Homophobic violence is still widely endorsed in several countries, new research highlights. The study on the Journal of Interpersonal Violence by the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) at the University of Central…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

M’sia must not bow to international pressure on LGBT issues, says Anwar

Malaysia must not bow down to international pressure over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He said although the country had to take into…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2019

Malaysian LGBT activist accuses authorities of intimidation

A leading Malaysian LGBT activist has accused the authorities of intimidation after a statement he read to the UN Human Rights Council led to him being questioned by police. Numan Afifi, an…

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ADDED ON: 04/25/2019

Exposed: How Malaysia fosters anti-LGBT bias, violence

In Malaysia, a wide range of government-sponsored programs spread misinformation about LGBT people, which leads to anti-gay discrimination and violence. After human rights defender Numan Afifi described those abuses to the U.N.…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

Malaysian police investigate LGBT activist over UN speech

Malaysian Police are investigating LGBTI rights activist, Numan Afifi, after he reported on the LGBTI rights situation at a UN Human Rights Council session last month. Police asked Afifi to visit a…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

Malaysian LGBT rights activist Numan Afifi questioned by police

Malaysian LGBT+ rights activist Numan Afifi is being questioned by police over a speech highlighting discrimination against the queer and trans community. Afifi, who founded a LGBT+ rights group in Malaysia, raised…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2019

For Malaysia’s embattled LGBTQI+ community, the promise of a new era with the change of government last year is yet to materialise

Shortly after Malaysia’s historic election in May, transgender activist Nisha Ayub and gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik had their portraits displayed at an art gallery in the city of Penang. The…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2019

Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

Shika Corona strums her guitar on a Kuala Lumpur stage, the crowd dancing as she launches into a chorus, “Gender doesn’t lie between your thighs!” Shika, 42, is the transgender singer and…

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