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A secondary school in Sabah, Malaysia has apologised for promoting an alleged “conversion therapy” programme for gay students in a yearbook, after a social media backlash. Photos of boys undergoing the program were printed in the school’s 2017 yearbook, alongside the term “kunyit”, a derogatory Malaysian term used to refer to gay people. According to …

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Queer content involving Freddie Mercury has been cut from the version of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody screening in Malaysia, a country where gay sex is still illegal. Scenes removed from the Malaysian version of the film include the moment Mercury, played by Rami Malek, tells fiancée Mary Austin that he identifies as bisexual. Another scene …

Indonesia's Aceh province

Two women found guilty of attempting to have sex have been caned in Malaysia. The two women, aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April for attempting to have sex in a car and they were caned six times each on Monday for violating strict Islamic laws in the country’s north-eastern state of Terengganu. The …

Greens Senator Janet Rice Malaysian

The Australian Greens have called on the federal government to raise concerns with the Malaysian government about the oppression and persecution of the country’s LGBTIQ community. Earlier this month, two Malaysian women were fined and sentenced under the country’s sharia law to a caning in the country’s north for having sex with each other. Recently, …

Indonesia's Aceh province

Two women in Malaysia have been sentenced to six lashes with a cane after they were arrested for having sex with each other. Police arrested the women, aged 32 and 22, in April for trying to have sex in a car in the state of Terengganu, in the country’s north-west, Pink News reported. Police accused …

Indonesian Trans Women

Nearly half of the world’s countries do not allow LGBTIQ groups to organize, with many facing the threat of arrests or state-sanctioned violence, a new report has found. Just 56 per cent of countries – 109 countries out of 194 – freely allow such groups, according to analysis by advocacy group OutRight Action International published …