Malaysian government doctors discuss ‘prevention’ of homosexuality

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Malaysian health officials start a video competition trying to find out some measures which could possibly prevent being gay or trans. The competition invites members of the public to submit video clips that warn of the “consequences” of being LGBT, and show how to “prevent, control, and seek help” for those who are believed to be LGBT.The competition comes less than a month after a Pride march in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur was cancelled, reportedly following anger from pro-Islamist blogs that the event was scheduled during Ramadan. One of the competition’s categories invited videos on ‘gender identity disorder’, according to details on the health ministry’s website, reported in Reuters. Malaysian LGBT activists says incidents of homophobia and transphobia have increased in recent years in the majority Muslim Southeast Asian country. Homosexuality is illegal and punishable with long-term imprisonment.

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