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December 31, 2013

A group of local gay men show Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp through the Malaysian capital during Ramadan, offering a warm welcome in a city with a dicey anti-gay reputation

I won't usually visit a country where me and my kin can face severe penalties for being who we are and doing what we do.

But this time a booking stuff-up of my own making means I'm spending less than two days in Malaysia enroute from Bangkok to Sydney.

And part of me likes the idea of spending even a short time alone exploring a new city, although I realize this isn't a choice everyone has the privilege to make.

December 30, 2013

A boyfriend known as Volleyball and a rabbit named Oreo added to the festive cheer of a family holiday on Margaret River and the beaches of Perth

It was the weekend before Christmas and I was watching a television in Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4, just near my departure gate.

The weather forecast looked bleak - so far it had been a fairly mild December in the UK, but it seemed things were set to deteriorate with high winds, heavy rain, and stormy skies predicted.

It was with some relief I boarded my flight. I was heading to Australia for a family Christmas.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

August 22, 2013

Malaysia’s Court of Appeals has sided with the authorities who banned the annual LGBT Seksualiti Merdeka festival in 2011 but say the ban on the event was only for that year

The Malaysian Court of Appeals has decided unanimously that the High Court of Malaysia had been right to dismiss a challenge to a 2011 police ban on the annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival.

July 23, 2013

Fifty-year-old man in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia set himself on fire after allegedly finding out his wife was having an affair with her female boss

A man set himself on fire in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur after allegedly discovering that his wife of 18 years was having an affair with her female boss.

Police reports say the couple's 18-year-old son was surfing the internet at home when he heard his mother scream, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports.

July 3, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders has told the International AIDS Society conference in Kuala Lumpur that intellectual property laws are blocking the production of generic versions of newer HIV drugs

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has told the International AIDS Society conference being held in Kuala Lumpur that the cost of newer antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat HIV are remaining astronomically high because intellectual property laws are preventing the creation of generic versions of the drug.

June 21, 2013

Campaign launched to build a community of allies to defend trans women and men in Malaysia, who are much discriminated against

LGBT rights activists in Kuala Lumpur have launched a campaign to encourage more people to be allies to the transgender community in Malaysia.

The I AM YOU: Be a Trans Ally was launched at an event last month where three videos made for the campaign were screened (see below), followed by a Q&A with Malaysia trans women and trans men and a mock trial showing what happens when a trans person tries to get their name and gender changed.

May 29, 2013

Daughter of former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former US president Bill Clinton speaks about health work and gay rights during conference in Malaysia

Chelsea Clinton yesterday revealed her intentions to speak out for gay rights and become increasingly involved in the international health projects of her father's foundation.

Former US President Bill Clinton’s only child told Associated Press during a visit to Malaysia that her focus will be on the Clinton Foundation's work, especially ‘related to health, not just in the United States but also around the world’.

May 27, 2013

Annual award ceremony brings attention to the worst examples of sexism and homophobia in Malaysia with irony 

The second annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah?! awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last night.

The annual awards 'celebrate' the worst examples of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in Malaysian public life, and there is plenty to choose from.

April 23, 2013

Muhyiddin Yassin warns of threat of 'LGBT movement' to Muslims, as the country prepares for a general election on 5 May

The Malaysian deputy prime minister has made his government's position on LGBT rights clear again at a meeting of Islamic agencies in Kuala Lumpur.

Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said that Malaysian Muslims were facing two challenges - the LGBT movement and demands for more freedom within the religion, The Malaysian Insider reports.

April 23, 2013

Muhyiddin Yassin warns of threat of 'LGBT movement' to Muslims, as the country prepares for a general election on 5 May

The Malaysian deputy prime minister has made his government's position on LGBT rights clear again at a meeting of Islamic agencies in Kuala Lumpur.

Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said that Malaysian Muslims were facing two challenges - the LGBT movement and demands for more freedom within the religion, The Malaysian Insider reports.

March 21, 2013

The Siti and Pepper Show, staged live in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, featured interviews with parents who have accepted their gay, lesbian and trans children 

The Siti and Pepper Show, a live talkshow staged in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday proved that some Malaysian parents can accept their LGBT children.

March 13, 2013

Asmara Songsang (Abnormal Desire) is 'as narrow-minded and bigoted a view as one could get'

A review of an anti-LGBT propaganda musical shown in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month has revealed the shockingly stereotyped and homophobic aspects of a piece of Malaysian government-funded theatre.

Last month Gay Star News reported that a musical called Asmara Songsang (Abnormal Desire) would be staged at the national theatre in Kuala Lumpur and then tour the country, with tickets available for free.

March 13, 2013

Asmara Songsang (Abnormal Desire) is 'as narrow-minded and bigoted a view as one could get'

A review of an anti-LGBT propaganda musical shown in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month has revealed the shockingly stereotyped and homophobic aspects of a piece of Malaysian government-funded theatre.

Last month Gay Star News reported that a musical called Asmara Songsang (Abnormal Desire) would be staged at the national theatre in Kuala Lumpur and then tour the country, with tickets available for free.

March 12, 2013

Malaysia's human rights record criticized again in report to the UN

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Malaysia of violating international standards against discrimination with their words and actions against LGBT people.

HRW submitted a wide-ranging report to the UN on Malaysia's human rights failures, which included curtailing freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression - and abuses in the justice system.

February 18, 2013

'We want to awaken the youths and parents to the issue,' says the director of musical with negative message about LGBT lifestyles

A musical that shows the 'negative lifestyle' of LGBT people, who end-up being struck by lightening and turning straight, is touring Malaysia. 

Director Rahman Adam was asked by the government to stage the musical to tackle the 'worsening social issue' of LGBT people in Malaysia, Malaysian Digest reports.

February 18, 2013

'We want to awaken the youths and parents to the issue,' says the director of musical with negative message about LGBT lifestyles

A musical that shows the 'negative lifestyle' of LGBT people, who end-up being struck by lightening and turning straight, is touring Malaysia. 

Director Rahman Adam was asked by the government to stage the musical to tackle the 'worsening social issue' of LGBT people in Malaysia, Malaysian Digest reports.

February 1, 2013

Malaysia is 'backsliding on rights' says international human rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch has criticized Malaysia in its annual report published today.

'The Malaysian government’s promised human rights agenda fell far short in practice in 2012,' said Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

'As elections approach, the government will need to demonstrate its willingness to uphold the rights of all citizens, whatever their political views.'

January 21, 2013

Judge rules in favor of Malaysian opposition leader in defamation case based on newspaper saying he wants to repeal sodomy law

A judge in Malaysia has ruled in favor of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who sued a newspaper for saying he supports LGBT rights.

'The articles... were distorted, incorrect version of the events... and taken out of context,' said Justice VT Singham in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysia Insider reports.

January 18, 2013

Gay Star News interviews Thilaga Sulathireh, a woman dedicated to helping trans women fight the law in Malaysia

The situation is bad for gay men and women in Malaysia, but it's really bad for transgender women who get constantly harassed by the police and their very existence is criminalized under sharia law.

January 14, 2013

After a year of headlines about shockingly homophobic statements from the government, Gay Star News visits Malaysia to find out what life is really like for LGBT rights activists there

January 14, 2013

After a year of headlines about shockingly homophobic statements from the government, Gay Star News visits Malaysia to find out what life is really like for LGBT rights activists there

November 27, 2012

Anti-gay Islamic party claim Sir Elton's concert in Kuala Lumpur will corrupt young people in Malaysia

An anti-gay Islamic group in Malaysia plans to protest a concert by Elton John, claiming the veteran pop star will 'drag' young Muslims into 'vice'.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) will picket the British singer's gig in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (1 December) over his gay marriage to partner David Furnish.

The group also accuse Sir Elton's tour in Asia of promoting 'hedonism' and claims it will have a negative impact on young Malaysians.

September 17, 2012

Tongue-in-cheek responses come out after Education Ministry endorses guidelines for spotting gay ‘symptoms’ 

Malaysian LGBT rights activists have responded to Education-Ministry-endorsed guidelines by holding a National Wear V-neck Day.

Gay Star News reported last week on the guidelines issued to help parents spot ‘symptoms’ of their sons and daughters being gay.