Risky Writing from Gay Malaysians

Despite its modern veneer, Muslim-majority Malaysia is a country where it is still illegal — as opposed to merely irreligious — for men of any faith to engage in consensual sex with one another. (Lesbianism is not criminalized but the subject of a religious prohibition, or fatwa.) Kuala Lumpur may boast its share of gay and lesbian bars, and casual visitors can spot scores of transsexuals staffing cafés and department stores. But any open discussion of homosexuality, especially in writing, remains the domain of an enlightened, often foreign-educated few.

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