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SEKSUALITI MERDEKA 2011: QUEER WITHOUT FEAR! - Full Programme



Time
Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30pm - November 13 at 11:00pm

Location
The Annexe Gallery, Central Market
2nd Flr, Central Market Annexe (Behind Central Market)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysians have been fearless these past few years. We have demanded for fair elections, for justice, for democracy. Let us then remember that democracy does not only belong to the majority, or the powerful, or the loudest. Democracy belongs to all. Let?s demand for equal rights and human dignity not just for ourselves, but also for those who are different, whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transgender, asexual, unsure or simply fabulous. Let?s be queer without fear.

Seksualiti Merdeka, meaning Sexuality Independence, is Malaysia?s only festival celebrating the human rights of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. It is organised by a loose coalition of NGOs, artists, activists and individuals, and has been held annually since 2008. The festival programme includes forums, talks, workshops, book launches, art exhibition and performances.

This year, our theme ? Queer Without Fear ? highlights how homophobia and transphobia have negatively affected and continues to affect the lives of untold numbers of Malaysians who are discriminated against and persecuted because of their sexual orientations and gender identities. It is our firm belief that all Malaysians have the right to live and love without fear.

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SM2011 SCHEDULE

Wed 9 Nov, 8pm
LAUNCH of SEKSUALITI MERDEKA 2011

Wed 9 to Sun 13 Nov
THE FRIENDLY POSTER SHOW

Thu 10 Nov, 8pm
CONFESSIONS CABARET

Fri 11, Sat 12, Sun 13 Nov 2011, 8pm
RAINBOW MASSACRE ? Love Out Loud!

Sat 12 Nov, 2pm
POLICING SEXUALITY: Sex, Society & the State

Sat 12 Nov, 4pm
THE TRANSSEXUAL VS THE MINISTRY OF POPULATION CONTROL

Sun 13 Nov, 12pm
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK HEARTS: Homophobia 101

Sun 13 Nov, 2pm
UNDER A RAINBOW ROOF: The Siti & Pepper Show

Sun 13 Nov, 4pm
FIERCE & FABULOUS: Shelah?s Finishing School for Drag Queens

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SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

Tue 1 Nov, 7.30pm
HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTIQ: Human Rights is an Asian concept too!

Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm
HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTIQ: Making it real in Malaysia!

Thu 3 Nov, 8pm
NINE TO FIVE: Sexuality Rights In The Workplace

Sat 5 Nov, 8pm
JUSTICE FOR SISTERS gig: Nyah Rights Now!

6th Nov, 3.00pm
WHERE HAVE ALL THE COLOURS GONE: When the Discriminated Discriminate

Mon 7 Nov, 11am
KUALA LUMPUR RAINBOW WALK 2011

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SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
of Seksualiti Merdeka 2011:
Amnesty International Malaysia
Bar Council Malaysia Human Rights Committee
EMPOWER
KL Word
KRYSS (Knowledge & Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces)
Justice For Sisters
MyConstitution Campaign
MyNetra
PT Foundation
Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok
Rev Yap Kim Hao
Quek Sue Yian
SUARAM
Tenaganita
Women's Aid Organisation
Women's Candidacy Initiative
United Nations Theme Group on HIV
and many other individuals

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FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS
All programmes are at The Annexe Gallery. Address: 2nd Flr, Central Market Annexe (Behind Central Market), Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur. All programmes are FREE except for Rainbow Massacre. There are a few events not listed on the calendar. Please email [email address] if you are interested or if you have any queries.


LAUNCH of SEKSUALITI MERDEKA 2011: Queer Without Fear
Wed 9 Nov, 8pm

Officiated by Dato? Ambiga Sreenevasan
Hosted by Shelah, with performances by Arisha, Elvira Arul, Azwan Ismail, Rozz, PT Angels.
Refreshments sponsored by Precious Old China Restaurant.

As more human rights organisations recognise that working on democratic processes means working on democracy for all, as the world around start to dismantle discriminatory policies and laws one by one, as the public learn to speak up for oppressed minorities, we believe Malaysia too will come around eventually to give all of us the independence we truly deserve. The time for our rights has come. Let us stand together: Queer Without Fear.

So join our launch and meet some fabulously fearless Malaysians!

Seksualiti Merdeka 2011 launch will also feature the opening of:
THE FRIENDLY POSTER SHOW
Wed 9 to Sun 13 Nov, 2011

29 Ways Towards an LGBTIQ-Friendly Malaysia is a campaign listing out what to 'say', 'do', and 'think' -- or not -- with regards to individuals with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, in hopes that all Malaysians enjoy the equality that is their right. Some of these ways come alive through visual interpretations by Malaysian and Singaporean artists, designers and young passionate souls who just want to create, challenge and champion for a friendlier Malaysia. Original pieces will be auctioned off in a Silent Auction, and part of the proceeds will go towards Seksualiti Merdeka. A selection of works will be sold as postcards. Artists include Fahmi Reza, Shahril Nizam, Donald Abraham, Foo Chiwei, Shieko, Bibi Chun, Kelvin Atmadibrata and many others. The exhibition is curated by Jun Kit and Pang Khee Teik.

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CONFESSIONS CABARET
Performance | Presented by KL Word
Thu 10 Nov, 8pm

The KL Word seduces writers, performers and personalities to reveal intimate details and sexual habits. When we liberate our secrets, do they lose the power to haunt us or do they become TMI for our poor unfortunate audience? We dare you to find out. Starring Elektrika Syiok as your host with wannabe-Malaysian Alfian Sa?at, transsexual comedian Tanjung, enigmatic Gyorgy Furioso, wanker Pang Khee Teik and a sexy crew of bared souls.

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RAINBOW MASSACRE ? Love Out Loud!
Music performance
Fri 11, Sat 12, Sun 13 Nov 2011, 8pm

Admission by donation:
Presale: RM35 until Sun 6 Nov. Presale: RM40 after Sun 6 Nov.
At the door: RM45. Purchase your presale passes early at http://www.tix.my/
Enquiries: [email address] or Box Office: 017-2BUY-TIX (017-2289-849)

FOR YEARS, WE'VE BEEN TAUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF LOVE. We spent so many nights thinking how they did us wrong. We grew strong, we learned how to carry on. So over three nights this November, Rainbow Massacre is sticking our collective fingers up all the hate -- and putting a stop to all that whiny self-hating too!

Rainbow Massacre presents three crazy and inspiring nights of queer anthems sung by fierce local singers and drag divas who know what it means to love out loud and proud! Introducing your new host Dara Othman (pictured). And featuring the musical talents of Rozz, Aaron Khaled, Elvira Arul, Poova, Shh Diam!!! Special appearance by Shelah! Musical direction by Nish Tham. Produced by Jerome Kugan.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162963760464643

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POLICING SEXUALITY: Sex, Society & the State
Talk & book launch | Presented by Julian CH Lee
Sat 12 Nov, 2pm

Spanning every continent and 3,500 years of human history, Monash University lecturer Julian CH Lee gives us the low-down on sexuality and address why societies and states have sought to constrain the sexual behaviours and identities of their members. Drawing on his book, Policing Sexuality, which will be launched at this event, Lee will draw out some of the complexities and variations on how and why sexuality is such a preoccupation for governments everywhere. This one-off talk will be the place for the quick and dirty on the policing of sexuality.


Julian C. H. Lee is a Lecturer in International Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University. He is the author of the books Islamization and Activism in Malaysia (2010) and Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State (2011), and is also the editor of The Malaysian Way of Life (2010). At last year?s Seksualiti Merdeka he was the coordinator of the programme ?Even Educated Fleas Do It?, during which he presented on the proliferation of homosexuality in nature.

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THE TRANSSEXUAL VS THE MINISTRY OF POPULATION CONTROL
Mock Trial | Presented by MyConstitution Campaign, Bar Council Human Rights Committee & Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok
Sat 12 Nov, 4pm

What happens when a lone transsexual woman wants to take on the might of the state to be who she wants to be? Will the court allow her to change her name and gender? Or will allowing it result in a collapse of society as we know it? In this mock trial, we will hear both sides of the story ? from the transsexual woman and from the Deputy Minister of Population Control ? as they are cross-examined by actual lawyers. The audience shall then act as jury and decides on the verdict!

Performed by Ivanka Bee as the lone transsexual woman, Firdaus Husni as her lawyer, Woon King Chai as the Deputy Minister of Population Control, Aston Paiva as his lawyer, Thean See Xien as Justice Pao. Discussion moderated by: Shanmuga K. Dramaturgy by Alfian Sa?at

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DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK HEARTS: Homophobia 101
Workshop
Sun 13 Nov, 12pm

Homophobia is a scourge. It?s been the source of countless heartbreak, leading many of our best queers to live depressing lives of self-hatred, self-denial and self-rejection. But if we can recognise homophobia for the senseless, time-wasting, unproductive prejudice that it is, we can learn how to defend ourselves against falling victim to it. In this fun interactive workshop, participants will learn how to spot a homophobe, when to stand up for yourself, and when to stir up a full-blown action thriller drama. Wands out!

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UNDER A RAINBOW ROOF: The Siti & Pepper Show
Talk Show | Presented by Amnesty International Malaysia
Sun 13 Nov, 2pm

You make your son play football, do male-bonding stuff with him, show him that his responsibility in life is to preserve the family name through his own children. You let your daughter play with dolls, nurture her nurturing spirit and teach her that her biggest dream is to serve her husband and mother his children. Yet your son and daughter could turn out to be anything but straight. How can this be? Is it your fault? No silly, of course it isn?t.

In this live talk show brought to you by Amnesty International Malaysia, Siti & Pepper, both parents themselves, chat with parents who raised rainbow children as well as children who had less than perfect childhood. We?ll also be joined by a psychologist and a children's rights expert who will share how straight nurturing is a myth and how we can protect, nurture and teach our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender children to be confident enough to face a world that may be hostile. Is it good enough to bring up good human beings, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity? We sure think so.

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FIERCE & FABULOUS: Shelah?s Finishing School for Drag Queens
Drag Workshop
Sun 13 Nov, 4pm to 6pm

Our very own drag queen superstar, the fierce and fabulous Shelah, is delighted to present a workshop for all drag royalty wannabes! Learn how to apply makeup with flair, how to choose the right ensemble to impress, and how to groom your drag persona from the inside out. And you will see that drag is not just about sequins and wigs, but a whole attitude to living life fiercely and fabulously, just like Shelah! Participants are expected to come fully equipped (makeup, wig, shoes, dress, etc.) with an open mind.

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SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

These are programmes held in the 1st week, from 1 to 6 Nov. They are meant to be private for Seksualiti Merdeka members and friends, but really anybody friendly can come along! But if you are reposting the Seksualiti Merdeka 2011 programmes, please don't include this section on public sites or blogs. Thanks!


HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTIQ: Human Rights is an Asian concept too!
Workshop | Presented by Seksualiti Merdeka, KRYSS and friends
Tue 1 Nov 2011, 7.30pm ? 10.30pm

We know that LGBTIQ rights are human rights. But do we really understand what we mean by human rights and how these rights can help LGBTIQs in Malaysia? In this session, we explore basic human rights concepts and come to a common understanding of what we mean by equality and non-discrimination. And now having the same vocabulary to demand the recognition of our rights, we will then examine how LGBTIQ communities in Nepal, Pakistan and India have strategised and mobilised to advance their rights.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=208893349183157

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HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTIQ: Making it real in Malaysia!
Forum | Presented by KRYSS, Tenaganita, Empower & the Bar Council @ Seksualiti Merdeka 2011
Wed 2 Nov 2011, 7.30pm ? 10.30pm
PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT VENUE: Malaysian Bar Council Auditorium (Map: http://bit.ly/rrNQBx)
Admission free

Our amazing speakers, all of whom well known within their field of activism, help us explore how different mechanisms and human rights instruments may be used to protect and advance the human rights of the LGBTIQ in Malaysia. Come listen, learn and be part of the solution. Through a closer analysis of a case study, we also look at how different actors in Malaysia can work collectively and individually to make a difference for the human rights of the LGBTIQ.

Moderator: Irene Fernandez, Tenaganita
Forum Panel:
1. ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) ? Honey Tan, EMPOWER
2. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) ? Nooreen Preusser, Training and Education Director, P.S. The Children
3. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ? Ivy Josiah, Executive Director, Women's Aid Organisation
4. Working with SUHAKAM ? Julian Lee, lecturer, Monash University of Malaysia
5. Local litigation advocacy ? Aston Paiva, Kanesalingam & Co
6. Case study session ? Angela M. Kuga Thas, Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)
7. Equality and Non-Discrimination: Implications for the LGBTIQ Community ? Irene Fernandez, Tenaganita

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=238035569587831

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NINE TO FIVE: Sexuality Rights In The Workplace
Forum
Thu 3 Nov 2011, 8pm

Afraid of your boss finding out you are gay? Harrassed by your colleagues because you appear butch? Having difficulty finding a job because you are a transsexual? We may be employees of the month but we still think we may lose our right to work should our sexual orientation or gender identity be discovered. Is this fair? And if not, what can be done about it? In this forum, Edwin Sumun (known for being SHELAH) brings his experience in dealing with the corporate sector and involvement with the LGBTIQ activism community to talk about sexuality rights sensitisation and fair employment policies in the workplace. Open to everyone, the forum will also feature guests talking about experiences and problems as well as progressive employers on company policies and solutions towards making the workplace friendlier for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=265182266858338

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JUSTICE FOR SISTERS: Nyah Rights Now!
Fundraising Concert
Admission RM15 donation
Sat 5 Nov 2011, 8pm

JUSTICE FOR SISTERS is a grassroots campaign begun last year by local activists to raise public awareness about issues surrounding violence and persecution against the Mak Nyah community in Malaysia. The campaign also aims to raise funds to finance court cases in which several transsexuals are making constitutional challenges against their arrests. We need your continuing help so our trans-sisters can win the good fight. It?s time to stand up for Nyah rights!

Come watch our third Justice For Sisters gig featuring some of our best local performers showing their support for the cause. And this time we go acoustic with big-hearted folks like Jerome Kugan, Wolf, Jasmine Low, Elvira Arul and many more. Also, some of our trans sisters are going to knock your eyes out with their best moves.

Admission to the concert is RM15 donation. All proceeds will be channelled to the Justice For Sisters fund. You can also contribute more if you wish. If you can't make it to the concert but would like to donate to the fund or help in other ways, please contact Thilaga [ [email address] ].

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE COLOURS GONE: When the Discriminated Discriminate
Workshop
6th Nov 2011, 3.00 pm

If anything proves that LGBTIQs are just as human as anyone else, it is our ability to discriminate as well as the worst of them. Sometimes even we fail to appreciate the colours within the rainbow family.

We readily talk about how the rest of the Malaysian society discriminates against us. But how often do we talk about the ways we discriminate each other? Do we say eww to other people?s fetishes, gender expressions, sexual choices, body shapes, age, body hair? Do we look down on people who are more effeminate, less ladylike, more slutty, less liberal? Do we take time to get to know one another and understand each other? Are we better able to build walls instead of bridges?

Let's celebrate our own diversity. Even if we won?t ever date each other, we can at least open our hearts to each another and laugh together.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=264909903544540

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KUALA LUMPUR RAINBOW WALK 2011
Outdoor Social
Mon 7 Nov, 11am to 2pm

Participation via email registration (refer below for instructions)
Venue: via email notification

We are everywhere. From Johor Bahru to Langkawi, from Kuching to Tawau, from Petaling Jaya to Putrajaya, we live and love and dream like everyone else. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. We do not live in isolation. No matter what anyone says, we know we are part of the fabric of society. We are queer Malaysians. And the streets, the cities, the towns, the country belong to us too.

Celebrating our diversity and claiming all public spaces as safe, we invite members of the LGBTIQ community and friends to add some colours to Bukit Bintang by wearing our Seksualiti Merdeka 2011 tshirt and walking with us. The tshirts come in the 6 colours of the LGBTIQ rainbow and will be available for sale at RM25 at the meeting point. (The meeting point shall be announced later to those who RSVP that they are coming.)

This is NOT a pride parade. There will be no banners, floats, chanting or strutting about in speedos. Okay, maybe there will be occasional outbursts of Over The Rainbow.

Please email [email address], with the heading "KL Rainbow Walk 2011". Please provide your name, phone number, age, and tell us how you heard about this event. Please also let us know your tshirt size and choice of colour for the tshirt: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.

Come eat, drink, window-shop and walk with us in a show of rainbow solidarity.

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Website: www.seksualitimerdeka.org
Email: [email address]
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Ibrahim Ali is starting to spew crap again...

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Perkasa: Seksualiti Merdeka may be a security threat

Seksualiti Merdeka?s programmes advocating gender equality for homosexuals and transgender people could threaten national security, says Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali.

?If it continues (with its programmes), I am concerned it will threaten national security.

?They know this is a sensitive issue and surely there will be a reaction but they insist on proceeding.

?I call on the organisers to see sense,? he said in a Sinar Harian report today.

He added in the report that while it concern human rights, organisers are ill-mannered for introducing equality for homosexuals in a country where the majority are Muslims.

Ibrahim said the programmes should be called off because there are limits to freedom and the organisers should respect religious sensitivities for the sake of national security.

?If they call off the programmes, then I thank them, because the fact is that we (Perkasa), too, do not want to quarrel (with them),? he was quoted as saying.

The report added that Ibrahim would observe Seksualiti Merdeka?s subsequent moves before deciding on how Perkasa would react.

Seksualiti Merdeka is an annual festival celebrating the human rights of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities organised by a loose coalition of NGOs, artists, activists and individuals since 2008.

The festival?s programme, which includes forums, talks, workshops, book launches, an art exhibition and performances, will run from Nov 9 to 13 and is expected to be officially opened by Bersih 2.0 chief Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Short URL: http://www.freemalaysiakini.com/?p=643
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Perkasa Opposes 'Seksualiti Merdeka' Sexuality Rights Festival
by Haider Yutim

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 OCTOBER, 2011: Pasir Putih MP Datuk Ibrahim Ali today said he will bring the issue of 'Seksualiti Merdeka' (Merdeka Sexuality) ? an annual sexuality rights festival held in the capital ? if its organizers insist on continuing with the program.

"We will bring this (matter) to the committee and see how it is... for sure we will not keep quiet on this," he said when met by Malaysian Digest outside the parliament building today.

Ibrahim also described the insistence of the organizers of the festival to go ahead with the event as rude, saying that even though the event is being held under the name of basic rights the people behind it have gone overboard as Malaysia?s majority population are Muslims and Islam is the official religion of the country.

"So this sort of things is sensitive in terms of religion and if they insist in continuing with it, for me, it can be a threat to security because of (sexual) acts that are prohibited by the religion. If they insist on doing it, it will only bring problems including the latest information I had received that the Bersih chairperson, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will be conducting this program," added Ibrahim who is also Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president.

However, he said, for the time being they can only suggest that the organizers would use their senses, wisdom and responsibility to respect the sensitivities of Muslims if they insist on continuing with the event.

He also said the even would possibly create furor from certain parties.

"And when there is such a response, they will say that this is their right? So this is as if they are purposely seeking trouble, and purposely seeking tension.

"They are creating issues... things that they know are sensitive (to Muslims) but they still want to do it anyway," he said.

He said now they want to inject another issue despite the apostasy issue which have not been settled yet.

When asked whether Perkasa will conduct a protest in response to the issue, Ibrahim said they have not decided yet as they haven't had any meetings regarding this matter.

"In Perkasa, the president can give a spontaneous response but to make a decision we have to bring it to the meeting.

"So we will bring this to the meeting first, and then see how far they will go with this program as we do not want to jump over the guard," he said, adding that they will be gathering information on the event before giving their views and taking action.

Nevertheless, he said if the organizers pull back their decision to conduct the program, he shall thank them as he does not want to fight or raise any tension.

Referring to his statement during Perkasa?s last general assembly, the NGO is focusing more towards matters concerning national security.

"Every country has its own problems? freedom does not mean absolute freedom as we have laws.

"If we say basic rights, are we going to let someone walk around without any clothes? Are we not going to stop it because it's their right?" asked Ibrahim.

He added that, in the Islam?s point of view, such acts (homosexuality) cannot be committed, citing the example of alcohol drinking which is prohibited among Muslims but 'allowable' in terms of basic rights.

Ibrahim said, for this reason, people must understand that basic rights are guided by certain institutions and whether acts contradict a religion or important laws.

He also said that Perkasa would probably lodge police report should Ambiga continue with the program.

Seksualiti Merdeka which aims to affirm sexuality rights as a human right, empower individuals and communities of all sexualities, and create platforms for advocacy of sexuality rights will be launched later this month by Ambiga.

Ibrahim said this is the act of certain parties in promoting gender equality issues which means men and women are to receive equal rights which entails same sex marriages.
Taken from: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/...-festival.html
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Ibrahim said this is the act of certain parties in promoting gender equality issues which means men and women are to receive equal rights which entails same sex marriages.

Somehow the first part of that sentence and the second part don't seem to follow each other naturally...
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Ibrahim said this is the act of certain parties in promoting gender equality issues which means men and women are to receive equal rights which entails same sex marriages.

Somehow the first part of that sentence and the second part don't seem to follow each other naturally...
Hmmm...now that you mention it it does sound a little off...
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Wow, they just banned Seksualiti Merdeka.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have banned the ongoing Seksualiti Merdeka movement festival.

Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said Thursday strong action would be taken against those who defied the directive.

Seksualiti Merdeka is an annual sexuality rights festival celebrating human rights of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. A coalition of NGOs, artistes, activists and individuals had organised the event since 2008.

This year's event, Queer Without Fear,' which started on Tuesday was held at The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. It will end on Nov 13.

The festival's programme includes forums, talks, workshops, book launches, an art exhibition and stage performances. Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan will launch the festival on Nov 9 at 8pm.
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Wow, they just banned Seksualiti Merdeka.
Wut... If this event really "threatens national security" isn't it a bit too late to ban it now? It's not like this is the first year Seksualiti Merdeka is held.
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Wut... If this event really "threatens national security" isn't it a bit too late to ban it now? It's not like this is the first year Seksualiti Merdeka is held.
TV3 is now calling it Perhimpunan Seks Bebas. Sounds cool, eh?
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I'm more interested to hear what the general crowd, particularly the Muslims community here thought of such event and to what extent they're willing to do their part in stopping their fellow Muslims from endorsing/supporting it.

It's a little too late for the Govt to come swimming in the mud hole, especially considering that they have major morality problems of their own and the fact that there is very high chance that their involvement in the matter is entirely just to gain political leverage.

In all honesty, I just find Seksualiti Merdeka another good example how democracy and the slogan 'human rights' can be exploited due to its lack of definition on moral values. It just strengthens my disgust of the system, and the more quickly it is scrapped off from this sick and rotten society, the better.

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TV3 is now calling it Perhimpunan Seks Bebas. Sounds cool, eh?
Well animals practice Seks Bebas too. I don't know why anyone would consider that cool.
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  #69 Old 03-11-2011 Default Re: Dominic's Dominion of LGBT Issues

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It just strengthens my disgust of the system, and the more quickly it is scrapped off from this sick and rotten society, the better.

And may I know what's your alternative to our present disgusting system?

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In all honesty, I just find Seksualiti Merdeka another good example how democracy and the slogan 'human rights' can be exploited due to its lack of definition on moral values.
Human rights -

1. right to life
2. right to free movement (though within certain boundaries, e.g. national borders....but at least you can't lock people up for no good reason.)
3. right to expression (which would basically include right to beliefs, although usually we call it freedom of religion.)

Well I think those are the basic rights. I think the spirit of human rights/civil liberties is best described by "your right ends where my nose begins". Do whatever you want as long as you don't harm anybody, though admittedly the definition of "harm" is more than a little ambiguous. But basically, I always think it's about nobody has more right than anyone to impose their values on others.

Any restrictions on our rights has to be substantiated with evidence of possible harms to society or other parties. I don't see how petitioning for LGBT rights would bring harm in the long term.

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  #70 Old 03-11-2011 Default Re: Dominic's Dominion of LGBT Issues

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Well animals practice Seks Bebas too. I don't know why anyone would consider that cool.
I think he's just being sarcastic.
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