18th December 2014
Malaysia: government stops funding organisation for trans women
1:50 PM — The Malaysian government has abruptly stopped funding an organisation that provides support for trans women, sex workers and people with HIV.
27th October 2014
Malaysia: Newspaper says backing ex-Deputy Prime Minister is ‘glorifying a perverted culture’ 2
1:40 PM — A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has urged Muslims not to support former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was sentenced to five years in jail on sodomy charge.
30th August 2014
BBC cuts Doctor Who lesbian kiss from Asian broadcasts 19
10:11 PM — The BBC cut a scene containing a lesbian kiss out of Asian broadcasts of Doctor Who, according to reports.
23rd July 2014
Malaysia flies flag at half mast in Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony to remember MH17 victims 4
11:38 PM — Malaysian athletes entered the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with flags at half mast, to remember victims of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines crash.
25th June 2014
Malaysia: Political pressure may prevent LGBT protection in new anti-discrimination law
6:34 PM — A new draft act proposed to combat discrimination in Malaysia risks losing protections for the LGBT community after political pressure, a policy formation body has warned.
11th June 2014
Malaysia: 16 trans women jailed after arrest at wedding 1
3:53 PM — Sixteen transgender women have been jailed in Malaysia.
26th April 2014
Human Rights Watch: Obama should use Malaysia visit to raise sodomy ban
1:50 PM — Human Rights Watch has said that Barack Obama should use his visit to Malaysia to raise gay rights issues in the country.
7th March 2014
Malaysia: Ex-Deputy Prime Minister jailed for five years on sodomy charges 4
7:20 PM — Malaysia’s former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has been sentenced to five years in jail on sodomy charges.
17th September 2013
Malaysia: Human Rights Watch calls for an end to sodomy law 1
2:02 PM — The global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian government repeal the country's anti-sodomy laws, after the government decided to appeal the aquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.
20th August 2013
The 42 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison 15
11:35 AM — The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the international body that was created out of what was formerly the British Empire. The Commonwealth states that its core values are "democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all." However, freedom, peace and the opportunity for all are clearly denied to LGBT people in 41 of the 54 countries that are member states.
22nd January 2013
Malaysia: Ex-PM wins defamation lawsuit against paper which alleged he was pro-LGBT 5
7:11 PM — Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim has won a lawsuit against a newspaper on the grounds that articles about him 'distorted' the truth by painting him as a gay rights supporter.
27th November 2012
Malaysia: Islamic political party members to protest against Elton John concert 9
8:50 AM — Members of a Malaysian Islamic political party are set to protest against the appearance of Elton John in the country's capital on Saturday evening.
14th September 2012
Malaysian government criticised for hosting seminars to spot ‘gay children’ 9
6:24 PM — The Malaysian government has been criticised by Amnesty International for hosting a series of seminars for parents and teachers, claiming how to identify if a child is gay.
31st August 2012
Malaysia: Court case challenges trans “discrimination” law 2
7:52 PM — Four trans women in Malaysia have begun action to challenge the Islamic law which forbids them from behaving and dressing like women.
7th August 2012
Malaysian gay couple hold wedding celebration 3
10:36 PM — A gay couple in Malaysia have held what is considered to be the country's first gay wedding celebration. Ngeo Boon Lin, a Malaysian-born pastor and his new husband, African-American music producer Phineas Newborn III, celebrated with a front of a crowd of family members, friends and journalists.
19th May 2012
Malaysia: Muslim lesbian activist launches controversial book 21
8:44 PM — A Canadian Muslim has launched a controversial new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia, where the majority of citizens are Muslim, despite attempts by a government minister to ban the event.
6th April 2012
State-run TV in Malaysia to ‘ban’ programmes featuring gay characters 18
10:54 AM — The Malaysian Information Department has banned television shows which feature gay characters, starting with state-run channels. The country’s Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz said the ban would be effective immediately beginning with state-owned TV and radio stations.
5th April 2012
Malaysia announces funding for counsellors to tackle gay ‘phenomenon’ 34
3:44 PM — Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced funding yesterday to enable counsellors to tackle "sexual orientation disorders like LGBT".