Newspaper slammed for 'how to spot gay people' checklist

Newspaper slammed for 'how to spot gay people' checklist

A Malaysian newspaper has sparked strong criticism from the public after it published a biased checklist on certain traits of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community. It may sound nuts, but the Guardian has some of the tips from the daily Sinar Harian. 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.

Moreover, the article labelled lesbians as tending to hug each other, holding hands, belittling men and staying alone. 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.

Advocates are anxious the list may set off anti-gay violence in a nation known for it.

A number of recent homicides have been attributed to anti-LGBT hatred: in 2017, an 18-year-old student was beaten and burned to death by classmates who accused him of being pondan, or gay.

Commenting on the article by the newspaper, Arwind Kumar, a YouTube star and activist, said, "I'm not sure who wrote this article, but to you, my dear friend, don't try to be God". How the hell does a gay person endanger your life?'

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In March past year Walt Disney pulled the release of its film Beauty and Beast from Malaysia after film censors deemed it could only be approved if a gay scene was cut.

Just a few months later Sameera Krishnan, a 27-year-old trans woman, was then stabbed and shot three times at her florist shop. Disney refused to cut the scene and the uncensored film was released at a later date in Malaysia.

The Sinar Harian article was not welcomed by everyone, however. He particularly mocked the idea that facial hair was the sole domain of gay men.

Malaysia is on the lookout for bearded men who love working out, because they're gay and gay is illegal there. this according to one of the top newspapers in the country.

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