Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


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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ADDED ON: 03/31/2019

Transgender band plays upbeat songs in conservative Malaysia

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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ADDED ON: 03/24/2019

Malaysia seeks gay tourists, but targets its gay citizens

Malaysia’s tourism industry wants the country to keep attracting the money of gay and lesbian tourists, even though Malaysia keeps cracking down on its LGBT citizens. The country even has an anti-homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 03/17/2019

Pakatan vows no lgbt freedom after rowdy women’s day in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia probably saw its first pro-LGBT march in the country but it has more than that to worry about with a surge in ‘religious’ attacks online Last week was an eventful one…

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ADDED ON: 03/13/2019

Where does Malaysia stand on gay rights?

An outburst by a Malaysian minister who criticised a feminist rally attended by gay rights campaigners is the latest sign the government is reneging on pre-election vows to improve the country’s dismal…

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ADDED ON: 03/11/2019

In Muslim Malaysia, Uproar Over LGBT Groups at Women’s Day March

A Malaysian minister has decried the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups at a march celebrating International Women's Day on Saturday, calling it "a misuse of democratic space". The…

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