Hafidz Baharom, a Malay-Muslim social commentator comes out as gay in a column in The Malaysian Insider, in support of Azwan Ismail whose appearance in a It Gets Better video sparked furore in the predominantly Muslim country.
Following recent reports that the Islamic Development may take stern action against Azwan Ismail who came out in a YouTube video, a spokesperson now says the organisation has "no power to take legal action."
Spearheaded by Otto Fong, a former teacher who made the news headlines in 2007 when he came out as gay on his blog, this video is described as a "gift for GLBT youths from the GLBT community in Singapore."
Pang Khee Teik, one of Malaysia's most recognisable sexuality rights activists, shares his journey from being a schoolboy in Singapore who was often bullied by his classmates to undergoing reparative therapy at a church for 12 years to self-acceptance as a gay man.
Azwan Ismail’s video clip on YouTube has attracted over 140,000 views and a flurry of discussions online – a majority of which are negative including online death threats – since it was launched last Wednesday. Two new videos released this week features university student Kavidha and Pastor Joe Pang.
Seksualiti Merdeka's second video in a series of 15 features Azwan Ismail, an engineer, poet, writer and editor of LGBT anthology Orang Macam Kita who shares that although it had taken him a long time to come to terms with his sexuality, he can now say "Saya gay, saya OK. (I’m gay, I’m OK.)"