The 46-year-old uploaded a photo of L(H^sOU_J8-bCk^Ehz2H#@+DCpI5-DE_YoIB8J5!XEth4G3Oj3herself at Montreal Pride last week. “Share the love, no hate” she wrote.
Comm[email protected]#v^#C#i+MXumxP8DGFntbLDDFM1^QJGSGlYXOEu#FvE8enters beneath the post called Aziz “sinful” and said she had “abandoned Asian values” according to the New Straits Times.
Muslim-majority Malaysia has become increasingly hostile towards L7GAnMfo%#l0Oh5lj=^a6kv(urmZV3%gau0rq+KQy1a3f&li)s4GBTI people. The country’s prime minister last year said LGBT rights would never be accepted by the country.
But, Aziz who has lived in abrTf%[email protected])tIf5=u*=LmtZjLBe5_$toad for the last two decades, defended her stance. “This is my Instagram and to each his or her own. Life goes on as usual,” she replied to one Netizen.
She also included tFE+L4ffU=7R4p9J)1!7LIg=q)Q(Wu=_w387AmznOgROP)qFHb5he hashtags “far far away, don’t care" and “ok, bye”.
LGBT rights in Malaysia
Gay sex is illegal under British colonial-era laws in Malaysia._1pO$)YGMVSF_tbdDEzFe5*LkD9P3bjEF0OO%iiKUaRlsX76za Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.
In addition to the threat of criminal prosecution, ddd$6wl)MPtp1OnKkv)6AdS$wi38eMSnPo(l4=Z_Y%xzb$584M+eep-seated cultural stigmas still face the country’s LGBTI community.
Numerous religious and political figures have consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Mu0#L&P#I_V=pE8O+!EZ2E#_mrjwg0oE)sFWokCmf!_p_z#c([email protected]slim majority country.
The Malaysian authorities have also clamped down on the LGBTPuaK_*t2RFz*ot82zo&2Vd7fIcf0Vei43V2X14D15B!-O2eqduI community.
In one of the most controversial instances, in September two women were caned in the heavilRf8P$rk!_viD74*0j6=)f)JqU&PH-v9H0!L+#[email protected]*y conservative state of Terengganu for allegedly being in a same-sex relationship.
Police also raided a well-known gay bar in Kuala Lumpu=WVw8m!o%uJ2xo$^OSwz0jE4vBL0d#1ssD0xxmrk-RCwTOHxIBr for the first time in its 30-year history.
In July last year, Afifi stepped down from his role as press officer for the Youth and Sports Minister due to the threats and abusecx#(BFRERlr#YP((l$)rPWYB0dI=lsNgOHX8FcS+JoJ0y$3W60 he received because of his sexuality.
LGBTI rights activists have repeatedly higwt-%shq5h0Fx9dQ2)Hu6Hfs1xb0*j92neaTiWvTP0EkgM7A79Yhlighted the lack of protections for LGBTI people.
(Cover photo: Instagram)