Malaysian newspaper's pointers on 'how to spot a gay' is ridiculous

Carla Harmon
February 15, 2018

A major paper in Malaysia is being ridiculed for publishing a checklist on spotting gays and lesbians.

The article features pointers and talks about identifying the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, The Guardian reported.

And if you're anxious about likely lesbians, make sure to keep an eye out for women "that tend to hug each other, hold hands, and belittle men".

Arwind Kumar is an LGBT activist in Malaysia.

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

"I'm not sure who wrote this article, but. don't try to be God". Arwind Kumar, a Malaysian activist and social media influencer, criticized the list as "stupid" and warned it will "take away lives" in a video with almost 30,000 views.

'If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a pedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others.

Others were similarly incensed by the article.

'How the hell does a gay person endanger your life?

Kumar's video, uploaded to YouTube, has been viewed by more than 100,000 people. "With an article like this you are only going to take away lives", he said.

He added: 'I know a lot of priests, I know a lot of ustads (Muslim scholars), I know a lot of really really religious people who love keeping beards.

A "gay moment" in the Walt Disney cartoon movie "Beauty and the Beast" nearly led to a ban on it being screened in Malaysia past year.

A Malaysian health ministry youth video competition called for entries discussing the prevention and consequences of being gay, lesbian or transgender.

Also last year, an 18-year-old student was beaten and burned to death by classmates who labeled him a "pondan", or gay man, according to the Irish Times. Are you trying to say the they're gay? The Human Rights Watch states LGBTQ discrimination in the country "reaches the highest levels of government".

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