Transgenders meet mufti to end discrimination against them

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) met Federal Territory mufti Zulkifli Mohammad in an effort to help promote understanding and end discrimination against the transgender community.

Pertubuhan Kesihatan dan Kebajikan Malaysia (PKKUM) said the discussion between transgender activists and the Federal Territory Mufti’s Office yesterday had strengthened ties between the transgender community and religious authorities.

The discussion came after Zulkifli expressed interest in helping them.

The founder of PKKUM, Elisha Kor Krishnan, said the meeting discussed the need to encourage interpretation of the Quran and Hadith to create greater awareness among the general populace on transgender issues.

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FT Mufti backs call to revisit edict against transgenders

Source: Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA, Feb 15 — Religious authorities should revisit a fatwa (edict) declaring transgenderism as un-Islamic, according to Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri who said the phenomenon is not inherently wrong.

In a meeting with Pertubuhan Kesihatan dan Kebajikan Umum Malaysia (PKKUM) founder Elisha Kor Krishnan yesterday, Zulkifli also expressed his intention to work closely to help the group.

Citing Islamic teachings, he said there was a need to distinguish between men who impersonate as women (Mukhannath bi al-takalluf) and those who are born physically male but possess a female gender identity (Mukhannath min Kalqin).

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Ilmu Seks: How to get more Malays to talk openly about sex

Source: Malay Mail Online

(From left to right) Shayne Wyatt, Mischa Selamat, Herinza and Mussy Del C pose for a picture after an interview with Malay Mail in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 — Medical graduate Shayne Wyatt, 24, first had sex a few years ago and it was also when he caught a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

For a month, he was in pain as he visited several general practitioners, even undergoing the uncomfortable procedure of a colonoscopy — an examination where a probe with camera is inserted into the anal cavity.

And yet, he was misdiagnosed as suffering from a haemorrhoid.

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Survey shows LGBTQ+ rights believed to be a key issue in GE14

Source: Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA, Feb 6 — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) rights will be among the significant issues in the 14th general elections (GE14), said 72 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted by an LGBT rights group.

Those aged 20 and below were the most common age group (84.5 per cent) to believe LGBTQ+ rights would be an important issue in the coming elections, followed by those aged 21 to 30 (72.7 per cent), people aged 41 to 50 (72.4 per cent), the 31-40 age group (67 per cent), and less than half of those aged 51 and above at 46.2 per cent.

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Gender identity not determined by genitals, civil societies insist amid Nur Sajat’s test

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — A coalition of NGOs has slammed the federal Islamic authority over a “gender test” on celebrity entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman, explaining today that one’s genitals do not determine his or her gender identity.

The groups stressed that nobody should be forced to undergo gender or medical tests to prove their gender identity, and Putrajaya should instead implement meaningful measures to increase understanding and educate government agencies and the public regarding gender identity and gender-based bullying and violence.

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Femme & Queer: Redefining Gender Expression

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What does being femme mean to you? How are queer people breaking the gender binary by embracing their femininity? Whether it’s queer women taking ownership of their femininity or queer men challenging the norm of what being a man should be like, how the celebration of femininity can shape the struggle for fairness and equality? These are just some of the issues that we will be talking about in the third of our “Millennials in Malaysia: Defining Our Generation” chat series.
Joining our conversation are :
1) Thilaga, Justice for Sisters
2) Dhinesha Karthigesu, spoken word poet
3) Cat Brogan, poet, educator, and LGBT event organiser

All are welcome to be part of this conversation on sexuality, gender identity and gender expression. Share your stories and experiences of how your identities intersect with one another. Let us know what is your relationship with femininity. This chat is a safe space for everyone to come together and celebrate the universality of humanity.

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Artwork by Lynnie Z, Olaf Hajek from Facebook event page

Transwomen learn how to advocate their rights

Source: Malay Mail Online

Rania Zara says Ikon TW is not a beauty contest. ― Picture by Hari Anggara via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 ― About a year ago, Rania Zara signed up for a programme that would eventually lead her and 17 others on a life-changing journey.

They underwent training on topics such as legal rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV/AIDS.

That year-long journey culminated last Sunday when Rania was chosen as Ikon TW.

Ikon TW, organised by Pertubuhan Kebajikan Sinar Pelangi (PKSP) and supported by the Malaysian AIDS Council, is a platform to create awareness among younger transwomen on pertinent subjects that affect them.

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MAC, Terengganu govt discuss plight of transgender community

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) held a meeting with the Terengganu state government to discuss the plight of transgender community.

In a statement, MAC deputy secretary-general Elisha Kor Krishnan said a meeting with state executive councillor Ghazali Taib on Monday (Jan 15) was refreshing as they were able to push issues concerning the community.

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Illusions of Democracy in Malaysia

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SIRD is pleased to invite you to the launch of Sophie Lemière’s latest edited volume, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II. Building upon her earlier volume Misplaced Democracy, it features a group of prominent international and local scholars covering topics such as the 1MDB scandal, islamisation, refugee populations, zakat payment, ISIS discourse in Malaysia as well as LGBT rights. It offers an up-to-date and wide ranging overview of Malaysian politics and the status of Malaysia as a semi-democratic or semi-authoritarian country.

Launching the book will be Marina Mahathir, with Sophie Lemière of the Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, Angela Kuga Thas, and Lawrence Ross forming the panel, to discuss Malaysian democracy and its allusions through the lens of political science, anthropology and LGBT rights.

Included also will be cartoonist Zunar.

Planting seeds of hope for elderly, homeless transgenders

Source: Written by Low Han Shaun for The Malaysian Insight

People at The Seed Transgender Home for the elderly

The Seed Transgender Home for the elderly, the first of its kind in Malaysia, can house a maximum of 10 people. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, January 15, 2018.

FROM the time she discovered she was “different” at the age of 17, transgender Alice (not her real name) was prepared for a life alone, and was intent on ensuring she would be financially independent.

However, after working as a chef for 30 years, Alice finds herself today penniless, riddled with sickness and homeless at 50, after she was thrown out of her family home last year.

“I am 50 years old now, I have hepatitis C, heart problems and kidney problems from an accident that I had in 1996,” she said.

“My mother died last year, and my father died when I was 15,” she said, adding that after her mother’s death, her brother sold the family home, forcing her to become homeless.

Alice slept on the streets of Kuala Lumpur for a year before she found out about Seed Transgender Home for the elderly, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

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