Malaysia is encouraging people to make videos about “preventing” homosexuality for a cash prize

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The competition offers $1000 for the best video to tackle “gender confusion”. 

LGBT groups have condemned the Malaysian government for introducing a competition where young people are encouraged to upload a video that attempts to “prevent” homosexuality – for a cash prize of $1000.

The competition was posted on the health ministry’s website, and is only open for 13 to 24-year-olds.

It has three categories: ‘Gender Confusion’, ‘Sex’ and ‘Sex and the Internet’, with the participants being encouraged to examine gays, lesbians, transgender people and transvestites.

Participants of the competition have been told to tackle issues and consequences of homosexuality, prevention and control, as well as ‘how to get help’.

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Pang Khee Teik, LGBT activist, said: “The very fact that they lump LGBT people under a category called ‘Gender Confusion’ shows that the authorities are very much confused themselves.”

He continued: “It is mind-blowing that a government agency wants the whole country to be sucked into its confluence of confusion.”

Homosexual acts are still illegal in Malaysia, with gay sex being punishable with fines, whippings, and up to 20 years in prison.

In 2010, the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia stated that homosexual characters could only be portrayed on screen if they “repent or die”, and in 2013, the Pew Research Center shared a poll that revealed 86% of the population did not agree with homosexuality.

Related: Thailand have announced plans to work on legalising gay rights once and for all.



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