Malaysia defends contest on how to 'prevent' homosexuality, cites youth health concerns

Malaysia’s health ministry on Saturday (June 3) defended its decision to host a contest on how to “prevent” homosexuality and transgenderism, saying the competition was aimed at helping teens make better health decisions.  

The Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on Friday (June 2) activists had criticised the contest, saying that it could fan hatred and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

In response, Malaysian deputy director-general of health Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the contest, titled the National Creative Video Competition on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, was to gather views and enhance knowledge among teens on healthy lifestyle practices. Read more via Straits Time