Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 07/08/2020

Meet Malaysia’s LGBTQ punk rockers

Singing and playing guitar with her garage punk band TingTongKetz, trans musician Shika Corona is a striking mak nyah -- Malay slang for a trans woman. Tall and charismatic, she and her…

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ADDED ON: 07/06/2020

Woman mocked on Twitter for asking Malaysians to boycott Ikea for selling Pride Month bags in the US

A Malaysian’s vow to boycott furniture brand Ikea for selling Pride Month rainbow bags in its United States store has been met with criticism and ridicule. Last weekend, a woman known as…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2020

We are all George Floyd!

Most of us must have been troubled by the news of what is happening in the US in the aftermath of the horrific death of George Floyd, who was killed by police…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2020

Malaysian wins landmark right to challenge Muslim gay sex ban

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic ban on sex “against the order of nature”, his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for…

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ADDED ON: 05/13/2020

‘No one wants to be tested:’ Social stigmas are crippling coronavirus containment

Public health officials around the world have agreed that testing and contact tracing are vital to containing the coronavirus pandemic. But for many people, coming forward to get tested -- let alone…

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ADDED ON: 03/26/2020

Malaysian LGBT podcast hosts on being queer in a conservative society

“One episode that stands out to this day involved an interview with a person who participated in chemsex,” the Malaysian podcast host known as J says when asked about memorable moments from…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2020

Malaysian band’s new song encourages LGBTs to die and YouTube lets it keep on playing

LGBT+ Malaysians have criticized popular punk-rock band Bunkface for an ‘extremist anthem’ that calls for the death of LGBT+ people. The multi-award winning band has been popular in the southeast Asian country…

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ADDED ON: 01/18/2020

Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal, used to be home to a community of gender non-conforming shamans

Homosexuality is doubly illegal in Malaysia as it is banned by the country’s secular, colonial-era legal code, as well as its special Islamic courts. LGBT+ people have no legal protections against discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 01/15/2020

Malaysia: Human Rights Reforms Stall

Malaysia’s promised human rights reforms stalled in 2019 as the government either backed away from or delayed action on its campaign commitments, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Malaysian Islamists warn of LGBT normalisation after ‘Beauty‘ passed despite gay moments

Several Islamist activists were incensed after news broke that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be screened in Malaysia with no cuts after all, despite the Film Censorship Board’s (LPF) concern over…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2019

Gay Vietnamese tourists fined for committing ‘immoral act’ in Malaysia hotel

Two Vietnamese men pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here today to committing “immoral activities” at a hotel room at Jalan Burma here, earlier this month. Tang Van Duc, 22, and Lee…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2019

Malaysia’s LGBT community under siege as government ignores abuse

Malaysia's LGBT community is on high alert after its members have received rare jail terms, raising fears of increased persecution by religious authorities as the government steps aside, unwilling to anger conservative…

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