ADDED ON: 08/21/2018

LGBTs: Not Ogres, a Disease, or Contagious

08/21/2018 | FMT News

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa sparked a timely debate on the LGBT issue when he ordered for the portraits of two LGBT activists to be removed from a photography exhibition. The reaction of political and religious leaders to the LGBT community “coming out of the closet” was predictable. Mujahid’s excuse meanwhile was that the portraits were “promoting LGBT activities” which was not in line with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) policies.  Some people think of the LGBT as a different species altogether, an ogre of sorts. I hate to disappoint them. Leo Varadkar, the youngest Irish prime minister ever, is openly gay. Sabah-born Penny Wong, the current opposition leader in the Australian Senate and shadow minister of foreign affairs, is part of the LGBT community. Some of the people in the top echelons of the corporate world are gay. Tim Cook, CEO of the trillion market cap company Apple, said in a 2014 Bloomberg editorial that he felt “a tremendous responsibility” to publicly come out as gay.


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