Malaysian Paper Publishes 'How To Spot A Gay' Checklist

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

As for the traits that identify lesbians, they're said to love being alone, belittling men, and love "walking around hugging each other and holding hands".

It featured bullet points for its readers in Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal and can carry a 20-year prison sentence. Malaysia is one of the only countries worldwide where people can be prosecuted for adopting a different gender identity than the one assigned to them at birth.

Also last year, an 18-year-old student was beaten and burned to death by classmates who labeled him a "pondan", or gay man, according to the Irish Times. A 27-year-old transgender woman, Sameera Krishnan, was attacked with a knife and shot thrice in a targeted attack a few months later.

According to activists, intolerance of LGBT people has spiked in recent years in Malaysia.

A "gay moment" in the Walt Disney cartoon movie "Beauty and the Beast" nearly led to a ban on it being screened in Malaysia past year.

Despite demands from the Malaysian censorship board, Disney refused to remove the scene.

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Activists and celebrities condemned the article in Sinar Harian on social media.

Arwind Kumar, a Malaysian social media star, lashed out at the article in a video uploaded to Youtube on Saturday, saying, "It's so disappointing to see how people actually waste time posting articles like this on newspapers instead of spreading actual awareness, actual education" about the LGBT community.

He said: "There are much more important issues in this country which need to be addressed".

"Do not tell them about gays - how the hell does a gay person endanger your life?".

In his video, he mocked Sinar Harian for typecasting gay men as "beard lovers". The new rules "allowed depiction of gay characters, but only if they show repentance or are portrayed in a negative light". "That's how stupid this is", he said.

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