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July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

June 18, 2014

Years after setting up two friends in Melbourne, Gareth Johnson reaps the benefits of his cupidity exploring the Philippine capital one adventure at a time

I normally don’t attempt any sort of matchmaking.

However a couple of years ago I was visiting my home town of Melbourne briefly.

One morning I caught up for coffee with Deanna, a friend from London who had just moved back to Melbourne, and then for lunch I caught up with my college friend Silba who had just moved back to Melbourne after working in Hong Kong for a number of years.

April 26, 2014

'Speaking out on anti-gay persecution in Kuala Lumpur could have a long-lasting impact in Malaysia, both in demonstrating international support for this community under threat, and in setting the tone for a more civil public debate in the country,' says Human rights Watch's Asia advocacy director John Sifton

US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia this weekend to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Thursday.

Obama arrives in the Muslim-majority country on Saturday for a two-night stay; the first visit by a serving US president since 1966.

April 26, 2014

'Speaking out on anti-gay persecution in Kuala Lumpur could have a long-lasting impact in Malaysia, both in demonstrating international support for this community under threat, and in setting the tone for a more civil public debate in the country,' says Human rights Watch's Asia advocacy director John Sifton

US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia this weekend to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Thursday.

Obama arrives in the Muslim-majority country on Saturday for a two-night stay; the first visit by a serving US president since 1966.

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 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.'