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16,000 parents and teachers told to 'curb' LGBT behavior in Malaysia

Malaysian deputy education minister says LGBT behavior in children is 'like a disease'

04 February 2013 | By Anna Leach / Gay Star News

Malaysia's education ministry held 21 seminars over the last six months about how to 'curb' LGBT behavior, reaching 16,000 parents and teachers.

Deputy education minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry would be holding more seminars across the country, The Star reports.

At a seminar last week in Seberang in northwestern Malaysia, Puad said:

'It is like a disease but it can be cured with early intervention.'

The first seminar held in Penang last September caused widespread international condemnation for issuing a list of supposedly gay characteristics, including wearing V-necked shirts for boys, for parents to identify gay children.

Criticism from inside and outside Malaysia did not stop the education ministry from supporting more seminars around the country.

Thilaga Sulathireh, one of the organizers of Seksualiti Merdeka, the LGBT rights festival that was banned by the police in 2011, told Gay Star News that the government targets children rather than adult LGBT activists.

'With children you can tell them things and do things and you can get away with it,' Sulathireh said.

'So a lot of the government's efforts are focused on schools. And we have no access to schools so we can't go in and tell them it's ok to be gay.'

Sulathireh added that schools and universities are becoming 'breeding grounds for homophobia'.


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as a malaysian, i fear for my society.


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I know your fear. even though you may think that is impossible. Let me explain. When I came out around 6 or 7 which would be in the 1960s Societies mentally towards gays was this: http://youtu.be/ECilAeLLATc (I hope you will be able to see it. I was placed more then once in state run mental hospitals, in Virginia and Maryland. There I suffered greatly. Beatings, rapes, and medications and was tortured each day even by many of the staff members, to the point where I attempted to take my life beginning at the age of 9.

So I know suffering. Being the outcast, but on occasion some people were very nice to me and I have never forgotten them.

Things now have and are changing in countries all around the world. People no longer rely on what they are being told, they can research it for themselves on the internet. and thus become enlighten. With knowledge and truth people become more tolerant.

Most families have at least one member if not more that are gay, lesbian or bi. If they love them then they do not want to see them suffer.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Historic LGBT Speech - Full Length - High Def

Published on Mar 13, 2012 http://youtu.be/WIqynW5EbIQ

On Thursday, Dec 6, 2011, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a historic speech in Geneva, Switzerland, in recognition of International Human Rights Day. The speech focused on the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people around the world. Here is a video clip of the entire speech, made available by the United Nations. See story here

Secretary Clinton's December 6 Human Rights Address

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December 5, 2011

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In recognition of Human Rights Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a human rights policy speech on Tuesday, December 6, hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretary will speak at 6:00 pm local time/ 12:00 pm EST. The speech will be live-streamed and available for viewing at: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ and www.humanrights.gov. Follow the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag: #Dignity4All.

Human Rights Day recognizes the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration outlines the inalienable rights of all people and has since served as the benchmark for the extension and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the drafting committee, which included members from Lebanon, USSR, China, France, Australia, Chile, Canada, and the United Kingdom. December 10, 2011 is the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration. For more about Human Rights Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, visit www.humanrights.gov.

Highlighted event video clips, B-roll, and background video content will be available via http://www.theNewsMarket.com. The NewsMarket video service is free and registration can be completed at https://www.thenewsmarket.com/Registrations/PreRegistrationPage.aspx?regtype=R.

**Inspiring video** Ban Ki-moon: The Time Has Come. REMIX!‬

Published on Mar 21, 2012 http://youtu.be/lUizJUQIbq4

http://www.allout.org/thetimehascome. On March 7, 2012, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a historic speech asking countries around the world to decriminalize same sex relationships, and end discrimination of LGBT people. The response at the UN? A handful of delegates stormed out of the meeting in protest. Watch this remixed version of Ban Ki-moon's speech, and let us know what you think is so controversial about it.

See original speech here: http://youtu.be/qtxU9iOx348

Be strong, if you can move away to a more torrent country and ask for "sanctuary".

Working for change is quite dangerous;

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban won’t back down
Teen renews plea for education for girls
By Sylvia Hui
| Associated Press

February 05, 2013


LONDON — In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for the education of girls, saying she would keep up the campaign that led to the attack on her.

Speaking clearly on Monday, but with the left side of her face appearing rigid, 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai said she is ‘‘getting better, day by day’’ after undergoing weeks of treatment at a British hospital.

‘‘I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund,’’ she said in the video, made available by a public relations firm.

Malala drew the world’s attention when she was shot in the head by Taliban militants on Oct. 9 while on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan. The Islamist group said it targeted her because she had promoted girls’ education and ‘‘Western thinking’’ and had criticized the militant group’s behavior when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.

The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and many other countries, and her story has captured global attention for the struggle for women’s rights in her homeland.

‘I want every girl, every child, to be educated.’

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In a sign of her impact, the teen made the short list for Time magazine’s ‘‘Person of the Year’’ for 2012.

‘‘Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone,’’ said Malala. ‘‘It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people — men, women, children — all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life, a second life.’’

Malala was airlifted to Britain from Pakistan in October to receive specialized medical care and protection against further Taliban threats. She is expected to remain in the United Kingdom for some time as her father, Ziauddin, has secured a post with the Pakistani consulate in the English city of Birmingham.

Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which has been treating the teen, said it successfully operated to reconstruct her skull. Doctors said Malala also had a cochlear implant to restore the hearing in her left ear, which became deaf as a result of the shooting.

Both of those operations were completed Saturday. The public relations firm Edelman said Malala’s video statement was shot earlier, on Jan. 22.

Dr. Anwen White, a neurosurgeon who led the operations, said the teen did not suffer any long-lasting cognitive damage. She does not require further operations and can probably return to school soon, White said.

The Malala Fund is a girls’ education charity set up in late 2012. It was launched with a $10 million donation from Pakistan.

Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik, said Monday that the government is ready to hold peace talks with domestic Taliban militants who have been waging a bloody insurgency that has killed thousands of people in the country.

Malik’s comments were the latest sign of growing momentum for talks and followed statements by senior Pakistani Taliban leaders, who also indicate they are ready to sit down at the negotiating table.

The government appeared to have dropped an earlier demand that the Taliban lay down their weapons and renounce violence prior to the talks, a position rejected by the militants.

Ruling party lawmakers say one key issue driving the government toward talks — which have the blessing of the country’s powerful military — is concern about violence in advance of parliamentary elections expected this spring.

http://youtu.be/4lBWSp6frLU

Believe in change. The night veil of ignorance, fear, bigotry and prejudice, can not stay forever, in the light of education, love and those who will not give up the fight for what is right and just. Even though that may be a long time, and even then some people will never let go of their fears or hate, because that is all they know.


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