Malaysia To Ban Gay Characters From TV Shows

The Malaysian Information Department is banning television shows with gay characters, the country’s Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz announced. “Effective immediately, radio and TV stations are asked to stop screening shows which feature gay, effeminate men as well as characters that go against the norm of a religious society because this encourages and promotes LGBT now,” the state directive states. The new rule impacts public stations, but will expand to include private programming providers and foreign shows, which “will be dealt with by the national censorship board.” Malaysia is also training volunteers to promote an anti-gay campaign and funding efforts to “curb” the spread of LGBT groups.