Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✖ State-enforced
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✖ Restricted
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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Recent studies in Malaysia indicate societal resistance to LGBTQ+ rights.

Malaysia Surveys

Support for Same-Sex Marriage

of Malaysians agree that same-sex marriage should be legal

Perception of LGBTQ+ People

Survey results from 4 LGBTQ+ Equaldex users who lived in or visited Malaysia.

Overall

Overall

Perceived Safety*

Feel safe being open
Absence of verbal harassment
Absence of threats and violence
*Survey results represent personal perceptions of safety and may not be indicative of current actual conditions.

Equal Treatment

Treatment by peers
Treatment by family
Treatment at work
Treatment at school
Treatment by general public
Treatment by businesses
Treatment by law enforcement
Treatment by religious groups

Visibility & Representation

Inclusion in education
Representation in entertainment
Representation in news
Political support

Culture

Pride/events
Nightlife
Dating life
Interest groups and clubs

Services

Health and wellness
Gender-affirming care
Support and social services
Advocacy and legal

History

Homosexual activity in Malaysia

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Homosexual activity in Malaysia is illegal (imprisonment as punishment).

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.

Under the federal law male homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, punishable by 2-20 years in prison, however the status of female homosexuality is unclear under the Malaysian federal law.

Muslim citizens of Malaysia can be sentenced to fines, caning and imprisonment for conducting same-sex sexual relations under some states which imposes sharia law. The maximum sentence that sharia courts can impose for these acts is up to three years prison, fines of up to RM 5,000 (1,204 USD) and caning of up to six strokes or all three.
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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia

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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia is banned.

Current status
Since 1826
Banned
Homosexual activity in Malaysia is illegal.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Malaysia

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Malaysia is state-enforced.

Current status
State-enforced
In Malaysia there are sometimes censorship of LGBT content in cinema films by the Malaysian censorship board but it is not always enforced.
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Right to change legal gender in Malaysia

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Right to change legal gender in Malaysia is illegal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1983
Illegal
Malaysia banned gender recognition of transgender people in 1983. 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.
Until Jan 1, 1983
Legal, but requires surgery
Before 1983, it was possible for trans people to change their legal gender after receiving surgery.

If medical opinion states that the individual is their
desired gender, courts should comply and legally recognise
the desired gender. (High Court in Re JG)
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Gender-affirming care in Malaysia

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Gender-affirming care in Malaysia is restricted.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1997
Restricted
In 1997, Malaysia adopted the ICD-9 classification, which included codes allowing for the diagnosis of transsexualism in adults.

Malaysia banned gender affirming surgeries (but not hormonal treatment) in 1983. Transgender people generally go to Thailand to receive care.
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Until Jan 1, 1997
Banned
Medical transition is not possible
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Malaysia

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Malaysia is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Not legal to change gender identity,no nonbinary recognition
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LGBT discrimination in Malaysia

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LGBT discrimination in Malaysia is no protections.

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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LGBT employment discrimination in Malaysia

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LGBT employment discrimination in Malaysia is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No protections against discrimination for LGBT+ in a work place
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LGBT housing discrimination in Malaysia

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LGBT housing discrimination in Malaysia is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1826
No protections
Proposed full housing discrimination protections by Malaysian Human rights watch.
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Same-sex adoption in Malaysia

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Same-sex adoption in Malaysia is single only.

Current status
Since 1826
Single only
Date reflects beginning of British colonization of Malaysia. Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia.
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Intersex infant surgery in Malaysia

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Intersex infant surgery in Malaysia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Malaysia

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Serving openly in military in Malaysia is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
According to Wikipedia.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Malaysia

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Blood donations by MSMs in Malaysia is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Donating Blood for same sex partners is banned in Malaysia (indefinite deferral).
Sources:
web.archive.org/web/2016080…//pdn.gov.my/pdn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92%3Akriteria-penderma&catid=34%3Arandom-posts&Itemid=169&lang=en
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Conversion therapy in Malaysia

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Conversion therapy in Malaysia is not banned.

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.

Equal age of consent in Malaysia

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Equal age of consent in Malaysia is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia , therefore there's no age of consent for homosexuals.
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LGBT Rights by State

View the LGBT laws in each individual state of Malaysia.