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Malaysia senator says gov should ban male actors from effeminate roles

in MALAYSIA, 26/07/2013

Senator Rohani Abdullah argues in parliament that the Malaysia government should do more to crackdown on male actors playing effeminate roles on TV.

A senator in Malaysia has urged the government to ban male actors from playing effeminate roles on TV, saying such behavior is forbidden in Islam.

'Their actions would be seen as promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) practices,' said Senator Rohani Abdullah during a debate in parliament yesterday, Bernama reports.

Abdullah noted that religious authorities have banned transgender people and transvestites from TV but not actors acting effeminate roles.

Malaysian LGBT rights activist Jerome Kugan told Gay Star News that the government has been gradually clamping down on non-conforming gender roles in the media, in front of and behind the camera.

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