• Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
  • Adoption
    Married couples only
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    Varies by Region
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • 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 7, 2018
Male illegal, female legal
2- 14 years in prison for males under federal Criminal Law. Not enforced. Federal territories the punishment varies. Changes pending.
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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since 1826)
Unrecognized
Homosexual activity in Malaysia is illegal.
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Jan 1, 1826–Sep 7, 2018
Unrecognized
Homosexuality is illegal. No laws criminalizing gay marriage.
Sources:
No
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Right to change legal gender in Malaysia

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Aug 9, 1965–Sep 9, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
Under a ruling that it is a right. Missing non binary options on documents.
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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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Jan 1, 1826–Sep 8, 2018
Married couples only
From the colonization of Malaysia.
Sources:
No
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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–Sep 5, 2018
Illegal in some contexts
Under sex discrimination and gender discrimination in employment only.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1826)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protections.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Malaysia

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1826)
Varies by Region
protection for gender identity and expression.
Sources:
No
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No protections

  1. Johor
  2. Kedah
  3. Melaka
  4. Negeri Sembilan
  5. Pahang
  6. Pulau Pinang
  7. Selangor
  8. Terengganu
  9. Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan
  10. Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Ambiguous

  1. Kelantan
  2. Perak
  3. Perlis
  4. Sabah
  5. Sarawak
  6. Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Homosexuals serving openly in military in Malaysia

?
Current status
Legal
No laws criminalizing lgbt serving.
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Equal age of consent in Malaysia

?
Current status
Equal
Set age of consent.
Sources:
No
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Blood donations by MSMs in Malaysia

?
Current status
Legal
No
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Conversion therapy in Malaysia

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Current status
Not banned
the government is trying to fund conversion therapy for transgender People. Homosexuality is currently illegal. Minister of Islamic Affairs Condemns bullying and discrimination against LGBT People in Employment.
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LGBT Rights by State

View the LGBT laws in each individual state of Malaysia.



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