Tag Archive | Malaysia

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysian wins right to challenge Muslim anti-gay law

Malaysia’s top court has given the go-ahead for a man to challenge an Islamic [anti-gay law], his lawyer said on Wednesday, in a test case for gay rights in the mostly Muslim country. LGBT+ rights groups say Islamic laws have been increasingly used to target the country’s gay community, with a rise in arrests and […]

George Clooney criticised by LGBT+ activists in Indonesia and Malaysia

George Clooney criticised by LGBT+ activists in Indonesia and Malaysia

Oscar-winning actor George Clooney was criticised by LGBT+ activists on Tuesday [last], after he called a boycott of luxury hotels owned by Brunei a “warning shot” to Indonesia and Malaysia should they consider introducing similar anti-gay laws.

Malaysia: Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

Malaysia: Transgender guitarist strikes a different note

(Reuters) – 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 guitarist of Tingtong Ketz, a Malaysian three-piece band whose upbeat songs about queer and transgender life are unique in the strait-laced […]

Malaysia: Death of transwoman sparks fears of rising hate crime

Malaysia: Death of transwoman sparks fears of rising hate crime

The death of a transgender woman in Malaysia has sparked fears of a rise in hate crimes, campaigners said on Monday, as police moved swiftly to detain four suspects in the murder investigation. The 32-year-old victim died from multiple injuries last Thursday, after she was attacked by a group of youths in Klang, a district […]

Malaysia: ‘I Woke Up Gay’: LGBT+ band uses music to fight bias

Malaysia: ‘I Woke Up Gay’: LGBT+ band uses music to fight bias

With songs like I Woke Up Gay, and Lonely Lesbian, LGBT+ punk band Shh…Diam! is making a rare splash in Malaysia, using music to fight long-running discrimination. The four-member 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 […]

Malaysia: A brutal assault and rising fear in LGBT community

Malaysia: A brutal assault and rising fear in LGBT community

In her dimly lit room in a Malaysian village, Suki rests on a bed as she recovers from a brutal attack that has highlighted what campaigners say is growing hostility towards gay and transgender people in the country. A transgender woman, Suki was beaten up by a group of assailants last week with sticks and […]

Malaysia: University forum to ‘convert’ LGBT students criticised

Malaysia: University forum to ‘convert’ LGBT students criticised

(Reuters) A Malaysian university has held a forum to ‘convert’ LGBT students, drawing condemnation from rights activists, media reported on Wednesday Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Muslim Students Association held the forum last month, media reported.

Hong Kong gay pop star says Malaysia show dropped over LGBT support

Hong Kong gay pop star says Malaysia show dropped over LGBT support

A Hong Kong pop star said on Thursday last that she had been denied permission to perform in Malaysia because she campaigns for gay rights, amid criticism from activists of rising intolerance toward the LGBT community in the Muslim-majority nation. Singer Denise Ho, who is openly gay, said Malaysian officials told her promoter that her […]

Malaysia defends contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality

Malaysia defends contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality

Malaysia’s health ministry on Saturday defended its decision to host a contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality and transgenderism, saying the competition was aimed at helping teens make better health decisions. The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on Friday that activists had criticised the contest, saying that it could fan hatred and violence against LGBT people.

Malaysia: Contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality

Malaysia: Contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality

Malaysian health authorities are holding a contest on how to ‘prevent’ homosexuality and transgenderism, drawing criticism from campaigners that it was fanning hatred and violence towards LGBT people. Activists say intolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has spiked in recent years in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic Southeast Asian country that is majority Muslim. […]