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    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    Unknown
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    Married couples only
    Military
    Unknown
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✖ Unequal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #27 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(65%) Against
Support (16%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #26 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(65%) Disagree
Agree (24%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #55 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(60.4%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (39.6%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #43 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(56.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (15%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #45 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(51.1%) Disagree
Agree (20.9%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #28 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(86%) No
Yes (9%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #97 out of 119 countries surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(87%) Not a good place
Good place (10%)

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.
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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. Proposed decriminalization by Opposition leader.
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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia

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Same-sex marriage in Malaysia is unrecognized.

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.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Malaysia

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Malaysia is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Malaysia, there are no laws restricting to discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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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 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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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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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Malaysia

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Malaysia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

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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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

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LGBT employment discrimination in Malaysia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

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 married couples only.

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.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Malaysia

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Malaysia is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Blood donations by MSMs in Malaysia

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

Current status
Since May 3, 2016
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Donating Blood for MSM and female partners of MSM is banned in Malaysia (indefinite deferral)
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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.
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Equal age of consent in Malaysia

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Equal age of consent in Malaysia is unequal.

Current status
Unequal
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia , therefore age of consent is unequal.
Added by Ausyk  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log


LGBT Rights by State

View the LGBT laws in each individual state of Malaysia.