Shortly after Malaysia’s historic election in May, transgender activist Nisha Ayub and gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik had their portraits displayed at an art gallery in the city of Penang.
The exhibition celebrating 60 years since Malaysia’s independence featured prominent people posing with the country’s flag.
But days after the images provoked a social media debate, the new Minister of Islamic affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa ordered the portraits be taken down, saying the country would not support the promotion of “LGBT culture”.
“I was very hopeful that things would change, that things would get better, but unfortunately nothing changed, it is still the same,” Ms Nisha told SBS News. Read more via SBS