Malaysian state government funding so-called ‘conversion therapy’Around the World, Online Only, Top Highlights Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
The government of a state in Malaysia will allegedly use state-funded clinics offering the debunked practice of conversion therapy to target transgender women.
Gay Times reported that Ghazali Taib – council member in Terengganu – told Agency France-Presse: “Transgender women are part of our society. They are our responsibility. In the end, it’s up to them to make a choice – the government’s plan is not to force anyone but to give them a path to make the best choices for their lives.”
Leading transgender advocate, Nisha Ayub, slammed the decision: “Corrective therapy violates everyone’s rights in so many ways. If transgender people feel that they cannot change themselves, they will feel like outcasts from society.”
Homosexual acts are still illegal in Malaysia, with gay sex being punishable with fines, whippings, and up to 20 years in prison.
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