Even as we regularly see a rising menace to LGBTQ rights within the United States underneath President Trump, it is necessary to do not forget that, in lots of different nations, the menace to queer individuals is way larger. In the Russian space of Chechyna, gays are at present being despatched to modern-day focus camps. In Malaysia, each homosexual oral and anal intercourse is taken into account unlawful; partaking in such actions is punishable by jail time and, in some instances, public whipping.
Naturally, the criminalization of those acts have not been sufficient to forestall them from taking place — because it’s ridiculous to assume authorities might police pure needs — and in a continued effort to additional curtail the practices, authorities officers in Malaysia have launched a staunchly homophobic contest. Open to anybody aged 13 to 24, the competition urges contributors to create visuals that encourage these experiencing “gender confusion” (actually simply non-heterosexual need) to “get help.” And with a grand prize of a whopping $1000, it is clear that these officers are critical.
After experiencing pushback from the progressive public for apparent causes, the Health Ministry has doubled down on their determination. In a latest article, the nation’s director-general of well being, Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, stood agency. Stating that the competitors was merely an effort in direction of selling a “healthy lifestyle,” Sulaiman declared, “This creative video competition is purely to tap knowledge and creativity of adolescents on sexual and reproductive health related matters and does not intend to create discrimination to any particular group.”
Whether or not this competitors “intends” to create discrimination or not — which, clearly, it does — the very fact stays that it does goal a particular subset of individuals. Whether Malaysian authorities officers need to face the reality, these “creative videos” double as a homophobic propaganda and ought to be mentioned as such.
Check out a poster for the competitors.
[h/t Dazed Digital]
Malaysian Government Officials Are Now Offering Cash Prizes to Citizens Who Can Make the Best Anti-LGBT Propaganda by: Pamela Hendrix published: