Malaysia Newspaper Advises How To Spot A Gay!

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'How to spot gay people' article may lead to witch hunts

The article said gay people have a distinct list of attributes.

Aside from sporting beards, gay men like to go to the gym to check out other men or to wear branded clothes, the list said. The derogatory list was accompanied by an interview with Hanafiah Malik, a preacher who warned that "homosexuality was on the rise in Malaysia". They may also perk up with they see handsome men.

It claims that gay men can be spotted by their beards and branded clothing.

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.

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He said: "If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a paedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others".

As part of the story, there was a checklist on how to spot a gay person.

Though the article seems silly and antiquated, the fears of Malaysian LGBTQ individuals are very real, with homosexuality being outlawed by a colonial-era sodomy law that includes a 20-year prison sentence.

Kumar also belittled the article's "tips": "I know a lot of really religious people who love keeping beards. Are you trying to say they're all gay?" "That's how stupid this whole article sounds", he said.

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In March 2017, the release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was postponed in Malaysia, because it contained "a gay moment". A 27-year-old transgender woman, Sameera Krishnan, was attacked with a knife and and shot three times in a targeted attack in her florist shop a few months later.

Previous year the Malaysian health ministry launched a contest for videos suggesting how to prevent young people from becoming gay or transgender.

'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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