An article on how to identify lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) published by a Malaysian newspaper reap anger in social media, amid growing clashes of militant groups, Reuters reported on Tuesday ( 13/2).
The LGBT community often suffered persecution in Malaysia. Sodomy includes criminal offenses in Malaysia and the government also supports campaigns to stop homosexuals and transgender.
The article was published by the best-selling Malay daily, Sinar Harian, containing a list of tips on how to identify gays or lesbians.
Gay masculine gay usually likes to "wear tight shirts to show his abdominal muscles" and bearded or mustache. The next sentence says gay men who are stylish like women, will be glaring whenever they see a handsome man.
Lesbians are portrayed as haters of men who are very jealous and cuddle and hand in hand.
"I know many pastors and ustaz. I know many religious people who like to keep a long beard. Do you mean they are gay? "Said Arwind Kumar, who uploaded a 4 minute video on his Facebook account, criticizing the theory.
Many incidents in Malaysia are often homophobic. In June, the Health Ministry launched a contest on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgender. The contest was later canceled after pressure from various LGBT groups.
A "gay scene" in the Walt Disney cartoon movie "Beauty and the Best" almost resulted in the film being banned in cinemas in Malaysia last year. [fw/au]