Malaysian newspaper criticised for publishing checklist on how to identify gays, lesbians
Updated February 13, 2018 19:21:41
An article by a Malaysian newspaper on how to identify lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people has sparked outrage on social media, as the country grapples with the growing influence of religious hardliners.
The LGBT community is routinely persecuted in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where sodomy is a crime and the Government sanctions campaigns seeking to curb homosexuality and transgenderism.
The offending article published last week, by top-selling Malay-language daily Sinar Harian, included a bullet point list giving tips on how to identify gays or lesbians.
The list describes masculine gay men as having a penchant for “wearing tight shirts to show off their six pack” and keeping facial hair, …