‘Developed nation status is about accepting others, even LGBTs’

Source: FMT News

Malaysian Youth Council’s Mohammad Rizan Hassan says LGBT community is only asking for access to basic human rights, not gender equality. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite Malaysia’s goal of becoming a developed nation, discussions on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are often met with hesitation or outright rejection.

Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) information chief Mohammad Rizan Hassan said many failed to realise that members of the LGBT community were living without access to basic human rights.

Often, they are denied support for education, job opportunities and access to certain medical treatment, he said, adding that they are discriminated against and treated like “animals” despite being rightful citizens of Malaysia.

“For a country to achieve developed status, it’s not about tall buildings. It’s about a community that is accepting of one another. Read more