August 19, 2018

Malaysian minister who censored LGBT portraits from exhibition meets with trans activist (PinkNews)

Malaysian minister who censored LGBT portraits from exhibition meets with trans activist (PinkNews)

A Malaysian Minister who ordered an arts festival to remove portraits of LGBT+ people has met with one of the activists who had her image censored to discuss discrimination the community faces.

Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, who is religious affairs minister in Malaysia, sparked a heated debate in the country this week after it was revealed that he ordered the festival to remove portraits of activists Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik.

Speaking about the removal, he said: “Society cannot accept LGBT being promoted, because that is against norms, culture and religion.”

He met with Malaysian activist Nisha Ayub yesterday in the wake of the controversy, however he insisted in a statement that they did not discuss same-sex marriage “at all.”

“The meeting was more about addressing the discrimination faced by the […] community and problems faced by them including matters pertaining to religion, specifically worship,” he said. Read more

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