People who identify as LGBTQ in Malaysia face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to a 2013 Pew Research Centre survey, 86% of people in Malaysia stated that homosexuality should not be accepted within their society.
Homosexuality is classified as illegal in Malaysia, with a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment for anyone who is found guilty of same-sex sexual activity.
Michael is abstaining from meat, fish and sugary treat for 79 days to raise awareness of the lack of LGBTQ rights in 79 countries around the world. To find out more and to support Michael’s ‘79 Days’ challenge, click here.