Malaysian Newspaper Issues "Tips" On Spotting Homosexuals

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They stated that gay men were easy to identify due to their love of beards, going to the gym - not for exercise but to check out other men - and branded clothing.

A top newspaper in Malaysia has produced a guide on spotting homosexuals on the street. "Their eyes light up when they see handsome men".

He posted a video on his Facebook page which has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

"Do not tell them about gays - how the hell does a gay person endanger your life?". The Muslim-majority country has retained a colonial-era penal code that criminalizes sexual behaviors "against the order of nature", which it defines as including homosexuality. "With an article like this you're only going to take away lives".

"I know a lot of priests, I know a lot ustads [Islamic scholars], I know a lot of of really really religious people who love keeping beards. That's how stupid this whole article sounds", he said.

Malaysian society is gripped with widespread discrimination against lesbian and gay people, where same-sex activity between men is illegal and is punishable.


Homophobic rhetoric has also become commonplace in the the country's government.

Last year, the release of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast was postponed in the country due to a gay moment in the film, reported the BBC.

The disturbing article comes after a series of killings of people suspected of being gay or transgender in Malaysia.

Last year, an 18-year-student was beaten and burned to death by his classmates who said he was gay.

Just a few months later Sameera Krishnan, a 27-year-old trans woman, was then stabbed and shot three times at her florist shop.

'If you ask someone not to be themselves that will have an adverse impact on the health and-well being of the person, ' said Thilaga Sulathireh, co-founder of transgender activist group Justice for Sisters.

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