Tag Archives: Malaysia

Anti-gay court action in Malaysia, Nigeria, Zambia

Three countries, three courts, three anti-gay moves: Malaysia: Opposition leader guilty of sodomy KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on [March 7] sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier … Continue reading

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Plea to Malaysia: Drop anti-gay law, political prosecution

From Human Rights Watch: Malaysia: Drop ‘Political’ Case Against Anwar  Revoke Law Criminalizing Homosexual Acts   (Bangkok, February 12, 2014) – The Malaysian government should drop its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged consensual homosexual relations, … Continue reading

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Asian film project seeks to encourage LGBT youths

An Asian initiative is compiling a series of short, personal films designed to boost the well-being of youths who belong to sexual minorities, including those in three countries with laws against homosexual activity. The “Stories of Being Me” filmmaking initiative … Continue reading

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Repeal 76 countries’ anti-gay laws? Road ahead is long

Is it possible that we can move toward a world where no adult couples are thrown in jail for being in love? That prospect, which would require repeal of 76-plus countries’ laws against homosexual activity, seems more daunting than ever … Continue reading

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Our world today: Jail for love notes, but death threats are OK?

“You can end up behind bars for sending a message of love, but the authorities look the other way when someone threatens to kill children.” Boris O. Dittrich, the advocacy director for the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, … Continue reading

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Malaysia hopes anti-gay musical will cure gay ‘poison’

The government of Malaysia shows no sign of curtailing its cultural offensive against LGBT people, which includes this year’s government-sponsored anti-gay musical that is touring the country and last year’s ludicrous list of gay “symptoms.” Muhyiddin Yassin, who is the … Continue reading

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So easy to ridicule: Malaysian list of gay ‘symptoms’

Anti-homosexual advocates in Malaysia are backing away from their list of “symptoms” for spotting gays and lesbians, which provoked widespread amusement when it was distributed online. The Ministry of Education denied endorsing the document, although they played a prominent role … Continue reading

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Global LGBT turmoil: Jamaica, Africa, SE Asia, Russia, U.S.

The international scope of the movement for rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people is vividly in evidence right now, along with strong opposition to those rights. Here’s what’s going on: An anti-homosexuality march in Jamaica, scheduled for today. … Continue reading

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Revealed: Official ‘symptoms’ of gays and lesbians

A reminder of how much misinformation needs to be overcome in the international struggle for LGBT rights. Malaysia’s Ministry of Education has endorsed guidelines for parents to use to spot “symptoms” of homosexuality in their children.  The belief behind the … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia: Latest battleground over LGBT rights

An upcoming human rights declaration by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become the latest battleground over rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. On one side, the vice president of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia … Continue reading

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