• Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
  • Adoption
    Married couples only
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    Ambiguous
  • Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✖ Unequal
  • Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

Malaysia ranks #28 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(86%) No
Yes (9%)

History

Homosexual activity in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since 1826)
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Unsure of date. Date shown reflects the British colonial territory of the Straits Settlements. Malaysia's anti-sodomy laws are relics of the colonial era and rarely enforced.
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Jan 1, 1826–Sep 6, 2017
Male illegal, female legal
2 to 20 years in prison or whippings under Sharia law. Not enforced.
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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia

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Current status
(since 1826)
Unrecognized
Homosexual activity in Malaysia is illegal.
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Right to change legal gender in Malaysia

?
Aug 9, 1965–Aug 28, 2017
Legal, surgery not required
According to transrespect.org
Sources:
transrespect.org
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Current status
(since Aug 9, 1965)
Illegal
A trans individual does not currently have the right to change their legal gender. A recent court ruling in favour of allowing trans women to wear female clothing was overturned by a federal court.

The date reference is the date Singapore separated from Malaysia, making it the country it is today.
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Same-sex adoption in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since 1826)
Married couples only
Date reflects beginning of British colonization of Malaysia. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia.
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LGBT discrimination in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since 1826)
No protections
As homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, there are no protections for LGBTQ+ community
Sources:
The constitution of Malaysia (1826)
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Jan 1, 1826–Oct 19, 2017
Illegal in some contexts
Only for gender identity and expression.
Sources:
No
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LGBT employment discrimination in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1826)
Ambiguous
protection for gender identity and expression.
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1826)
Ambiguous
protection for gender identity and expression.
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Malaysia

?
Current status
Legal
No
Sources:
No
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Equal age of consent in Malaysia

?
Current status
Unequal
No
Sources:
No
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Blood donations by MSMs in Malaysia

?
Current status
Legal
No
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Conversion therapy in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since Feb 15, 2017)
Not banned
government under pressure stopped funning of funding on this.
Sources:
No
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LGBT Rights by State

View the LGBT laws in each individual state of Malaysia.



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