You have the right to be yourself. We are all human. This is a tribute to Gilbert Baker, an American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (1978). Baker’s flag became widely associated with LGBT rights causes, a symbol of gay pride that has become ubiquitous in the decades since its debut. California state senator Scott Wiener said Baker “helped define the modern LGBT movement“.
We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should be able to participate fully in daily life free from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity on the job; in housing; going to school; using a public restroom; when online and using real identity on Internet; when shopping or getting services at restaurants, hotels, and other public places; and when accessing government programs and services.
You have the right to be yourself! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people shouldn’t have to fear standing up for their rights with government officials or law enforcements or bullies. We’re all human. They have the freedom to be open (or not) about their identity and beliefs in schools, at college, in government facilities, and in public.
LGBT rights are unrecognised in Malaysia. Sodomy is a crime in the country, under a British Empire colonial era law. Social attitudes towards the LGBT community are also shaped by Islam, the official religion in Malaysia. Human Rights Watch states that “Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia.”
Transgender individuals have often been arrested by police officers under the civil laws governing “public indecency”, and if they are Muslim, can be further charged by religious officers under Sharia Laws for “impersonating” women. A 2014 Human Rights Watch report alleged that transgender people are subjected to “assault, extortion, and violations of their privacy rights” by police, and humiliation, physical and sexual assault by Religious Department officials.