Malaysia

LGBT Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

Cries for speedy action over murder grow louder

The gruesome murder of a transgender woman has sparked widespread public outrage and calls for justice. Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said what happened to the victim in…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination

Shh...Diam!, a four-member punk group is a rarity in a country where gay and transgender issues are often seen as taboo, cross-dressing is illegal and sodomy is banned under a British colonial-era law. …

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Let’s Do the Math on Gays in Malaysia

On Oct 29, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mohd Izwan Mohd Yusof, claimed that the number of gay men in the country had increased from 173,000 to 310,000…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

Rights Groups Warn Malaysia’s Constitution Does Not Protect LGBTI People

Malaysia’s LGBTI community has said the country’s constitution is not enough to protect them from increasing attacks. Their comments came after the international community asked Malaysia to do more to protect LGBTI…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysia Turns Towards Democracy—but Leaves LGBT Rights Behind

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in late August, Malaysian police stormed into the Blue Boy club in central Kuala Lumpur, one of the country’s oldest LGBT venues. As more…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysian Official Claims 1,450 Gay People Have Been ‘Cured’

A Malaysian official recently declared 1,450 gay people have been “cured” in government-funded spiritual camps, according to the Malay Mail. The “mukhayyam” programs are funded by the government’s Malaysian Islamic Development Department…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2018

Kelantan to Take Action Against Cross-dressers

Religious authorities in Kelantan will take action against cross-dressers. State Islamic development committee chairman Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud warned that those wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex can be charged under…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

‘Don’t force’ LGBT Rights on Malaysia, New PM Says

Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as “western” values. The blunt remarks come against a backdrop of what activists…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2018

Malaysia: Gov’t Launches E-book on LGBT Rehabilitation

The government has published an e-book called Panduan Hijrah Diri (Guide for Rehabilitation) for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to return to the right path, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2018

Malaysia: Gov’t Launches E-book on LGBT Rehabilitation

The government has published an e-book called Panduan Hijrah Diri (Guide for Rehabilitation) for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to return to the right path, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Museums Dept Scraps Hall Rental for Thai LGBT Event

The Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM) has cancelled the renting out of the National Museum’s auditorium for an event this Saturday after discovering that it would feature alleged lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2018

Ambiga Slams Mujahid Over Latest LGBT Remarks

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Ambiga Sreenevasan has condemned Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa over his remarks that any advocacy for the rights of the lesbian, gay,…

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