Thursday, 20 September 2012

AIDS council condemns sexual discrimination

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian AIDS Council feels that singling people out based on their sexuality is discrimination.

Its president Datuk Dr Raj Karim also condemned the distribution of the “guidelines” on how to spot lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tendencies in children at a seminar recently.

“We know all too well what the negative impacts of such practice can have on the lives of sexual minorities, especially those living on the fringes of society.

“It will drive them further underground and force them to live in greater fear of being ‘identified’,” she said yesterday.

Two non-governmental organisations, Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents, had denied that it had any bad intention in distributing the controversial “guidelines” recently.

According to the leaflet, LGBT tendencies could be spotted among boys wearing tight-fitting V-neck T-shirts and carrying large sling bags, and girls who enjoy the company of their own gender.

Although the Education Ministry had denied endorsing it, the leaflets had sparked negative reactions among social media users and had drawn the attention of foreign news agencies.
Source : TheStar


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