Call to resist politicisation of LGBT issue in Malaysia

The politicisation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issue should be resisted as it could affect faith of the future generation, said Fiqh Contemporary Studies Centre chairman Nasharudin Mat Isa. He said the issue was beyond politics as the LGBT was against the norms of the society. “We must not pursue development to […]

Thousands protest at Malaysian university anti-LGBT rally

student protestor at Malaysian anti-LGBT rally

Thousands, including hundreds of students, gathered at an anti-LGBT rally outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, witnessing speeches clamouring for intolerance of sexual minorities in Malaysia. Several NGOs met to express their dissatisfaction with tentative calls for LGBT rights in the majority Islamic country. Protestors met at the campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, south […]

Malaysian MP says ‘No’ to LGBT PM

According to Zahrain Hashim, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender should not be allowed to become PM or hold public office

No lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should be allowed to become the prime minister of Malaysia, said independent Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Hashim today. Although he did not mention names, the ex-PKR leader’s remark was seen by observers as being targetted at Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim, who was twice charged with sodomy and later […]

Kaleidoscope hosts discussion with three leading LGB&T figures from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia

Maurice Tomlinson

Yesterday evening in the House of Commons, Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust hosted a discussion with three leading figures from the LGB&T movement in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. Maurice Tomlinson is a lawyer and has been involved in LGBT and HIV and AIDS activism in Jamaica and the Caribbean for over 12 years. He is […]

Global LGBT leaders urge western countries not to talk down to other governments on gay rights

Western nations have been asked not to “talk down” to governments in the rest of the world on the issue of gay rights. At a packed meeting hosted by the Kaleidoscope Trust at the House of Commons last night, leading figures from the LGBT movement in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia urged supporters of equal […]

Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson receives David Kato Vision & Voice Award tonight

Maurice Tomlinson

  This evening at a ceremony at the Roof Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, the gay Jamaican activist Maurice Tomlinson is receiving the David Kato Vision & Voice Award. David Kato, human rights, was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011. The award has been established in recognition of his life […]

Gay relations illegal in Malaysia

Homosexuality is deemed illegal in Malaysia as it goes against the constitution, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz according to a report in The Malay Mail. Nazri, who is also the de facto Law Minister, said Islam is enshrined in the constitution as the religion of the Federation and […]

Buddhist groups in Malaysia held public talk about homosexuality

Citing the recent headline making news of a lesbian couple in Johor, Malaysia marrying with the blessings of their families in a traditional Chinese marriage ceremony and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in other countries, the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM) and Buddhist Research Society of Malaysia (BRSM) held a seminar titled “Homosexuality: The […]

Malaysian gay-friendly church

Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, a journalist-turned-pastor is a highly controversial figure in Malaysia for opening the first gay-friendly church in 2007 following which he faced outrage and threats. He has said that gay men and women should speak out to “break the vicious cycle” and help fight misunderstandings about the gay community. Ouyang’s own “coming […]