Tag Archives: Malaysia

Trans Malaysians win court fight over cross-dressing ban

The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia reported today: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majority Malaysia represents … Continue reading

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Islamic women’s group defends Malaysian arrestees

Sisters in Islam, or SIS, a Malaysian women’s rights organization, has come to the defense of two female students arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of having same-sex relations in a hotel in Johor Bahru in mainland Malaysia, north of Singapore. … Continue reading

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99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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Malaysian anti-gay bias ban might lose soon, win later

Malaysia’s National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill 2014, which is in a draft stage, is facing a backlash from politicians opposed to outlawing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation, said attorney Lim Chee Wee. As a result, the bill’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Support overwhelms 16 jailed trans women

Their ordeal isn’t over, but 16 transgender women arrested June 8 for allegedly violating the Malaysian syariah (sharia) law against “men posing as women” expressed deep gratitude for an outpouring of support for their cause. After Justice for Sisters, an … Continue reading

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Malaysia: 17 transwomen arrested, seek $ to avoid prison

Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia on June 8 for allegedly violating the law against “men posing as women,” reports Justice for Sisters, an organization supporting LGBT rights in Malaysia. The arrests took place at a wedding celebration in … Continue reading

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Malaysian court to rule on sharia law, transgender women

An appeals court will soon rule whether sharia law violates the fundamental constitutional rights of transgender people in Malaysia.  Among several writers describing what’s at stake, Neela Ghoshal of Human Rights Watch states: Serafina (not her real name) led me … Continue reading

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