MALAYSIAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES ‘HOW TO SPOT A GAY’ CHECKLIST
A leading Malaysian newspaper, Sinar Harian has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing anger from activists who said lives were being put at risk. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and punishable under a colonial-era sodomy law that carries a 20-year prison sentence. Malaysia’s family, social and development department produced a video last year endorsing gay conversion therapy after federal authorities claimed sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training. In 2012, two teachers’ groups in Malaysia, with government blessing, held seminars to advise parents on homosexuality’s supposedly tell-tale signs, Malaysian media have reported.