Malaysia drops gay 'prevention' category from video competition

The Malaysian government has removed a category on "preventing" homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists.

They had said it could increase hatred and violence against LGBT people. The health ministry has replaced the "gender identity disorder" category with one on gender and sexuality.

The contest for 13- to 24-year-olds is offering prizes of up to $1,000 (£780) for the best videos. The other categories are sexual health and sex and the internet. Homosexual activity is illegal in Malaysia under both secular and religious laws and is punishable by a prison sentence or corporal punishment.

Deputy Director-General of Health Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the decision had been made after a meeting between ministry officials, the Malaysian Aids Council, experts and representatives from "key population groups". He had previously defended the contest categories, saying their aim was to promote creativity, not to discriminate. Read more via BBC