Activists condemn Malaysia’s ban on LGBTQ books

ACTIVISTS in Malaysia criticised today a government decision to ban three books for allegedly promoting “LGBTQ lifestyles”, saying it would further erode gay and transgender rights.

“Jacob’s Room to Choose”, a children’s book about gender expression and identity was banned in January, the home ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. In the book, a teacher educates children on gender identity at a school after a student wearing a dress feels unwelcome in the boys’ toilet.