A Malaysian newspaper is receiving heavy criticism from activists after publishing a "how to spot a gay" checklist. According to the article, one can identify gay men by "love of beards, going to the gym – not for exercise but to check out other men – and branded clothing." Lesbians, on the other hand, apparently "tend to hug each other, hold hands and belittle men."
Malaysia's increasingly hostile attitude towards LQBTQ rights included an attempt to edit out the "gay moments" from last year's release of Disney’s live-action film Beauty and the Beast.
Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia under a colonial-era law that criminalizes sexual behaviors “against the order of nature.”
Despite the outrage, some were able to laugh about the list and poke fun at its ridiculousness:
Seeing that newspaper list doing the global rounds. Want to know how to really spot a gay in public?— Barry O'Rourke (@orourke28) February 12, 2018
We do this thing where we click our red ruby shoes every third and fifth step. Saved you buying the paper...
I personally thought that rainbow trails came out of our feet as we walked, like a trail of Skittles.— Paul Cryer (@PaulieSc) February 12, 2018
Straight people can't see the rainbow trails; it's only so gays can see other gays in secret— Barry O'Rourke (@orourke28) February 12, 2018
Though plenty disputed the accuracy of its stereotypes:
Actually I love men. I have great brothers, coworkers, and great friends that are men. Just don’t want to sleep with them.— Ann cannon (@Anncann57097271) February 12, 2018
I’m a bi woman married to a woman and I on the regular check out men with beards and enjoy seeing women hold hands- newspaper didn’t even bother defining us 😹 my wife and I are great with cars and motorcycles- they left out the mechanical aptitude part! 😹— Bunzy55 (@bunzy55) February 12, 2018
Who write this crap! Labels and beards! Is that how vain they think we are!— karl jordinson (@karljordinson) February 12, 2018
Yes some stereotypes will hold true to some people. Perhaps we should stop generalizing everyone and everything?— Brittany (@Squid_Explosion) February 12, 2018
Since homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, the consequences of "being spotted" carry serious implications.
So for homosexuals in Malaysia, the list is more than merely offensive or laughably antiquated.
This is laughable.. even though the consequences of this law isn't. Ridiculous.— NB# (@nicbc123) February 12, 2018
Maybe it's time for our government to reconsider how we give to funds to— Alicia Papp (@alicia_papp) February 12, 2018
countries that treat fellow humans with such contempt and endanger their lives? What about those treaties we signed on fundamental human rigjts?
At least we know what kind of paper would print a "how to spot a gay" checklist.
H/T - HuffPost