Africa / Asia

Good news from Malaysia, Namibia, Ukraine

Recent weeks have seen advances for trans people in Ukraine and Malaysia and perhaps for all LGBT people in Namibia. The news items in this recap were excerpted with slight modifications  from  ILGA’s LGBulleTIn round-up of the world’s LGBTI-related news and UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes: In Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ordered the National Registration … Continue reading


Raids, arrests of 21 trans women after Malaysian ruling

Malaysian police in recent weeks launched a wave of raids and 21 arrests targeting trans women. The police actions came in the wake of a court ruling that overturned limited legal protection for trans women against repressive aspects of local sharia law. The Malaysian trans advocacy organization Justice for Sisters stated today: Violence against trans … Continue reading


Malaysia: Back to square one for trans women

Back to square one for transgenders as Federal Court overturns landmark ruling on Shariah law That was how the Malay Mail Online summed up today’s court reversal for trans women. As the New Straits Times reported: PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has reversed a Court of Appeal declaration of unconstitutionality against Negri Sembilan’s anti-cross-dressing law for … Continue reading


Trans Malaysians win court fight over cross-dressing ban

The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia reported today: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majority Malaysia represents itself as the global face of moderate Islam, but at home it has experienced a … Continue reading


Malaysia: Support overwhelms 16 jailed trans women

Their ordeal isn’t over, but 16 transgender women arrested June 8 for allegedly violating the Malaysian syariah (sharia) law against “men posing as women” expressed deep gratitude for an outpouring of support for their cause. After Justice for Sisters, an organization supporting LGBT rights in Malaysia, sought contributions of RM 24,000 [US $7,484] to pay … Continue reading