In possibly a Malaysian political first, a transgender woman Hazreen Shaik Daud, has been appointed as political secretary to DAP’s Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu. The decision’s received backlash but Hazreen’s determined to help “Ubah” or change the mindsets of the public toward her community.
Malaysia has become known as a very hostile country for trans people even banning movies in which LGBT characters don’t repent or die symbolizing “good over evil”.
It has been estimated that a large number of transgender persons are forced to work on the streets as commercial sex workers to earn a living.~ Wiki LGBT rights in Malaysia
Global Voices reports: Former NGO worker Hazreen Shaik Daud is Malaysia’s first transgender in politics after being appointed as political secretary to Tanjung Bungah state assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu of the Democratic Action Party (DAP).
The transgender committee will be formed in two months, and aims to collect data and alleviate the status and social stigma associated with the transgender community. Some of their activities will include public forums to spread awareness on the issue.
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Transgender awareness campaign launched in Malaysia (Video)
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Published on May 20, 2013
PSA part 1: I Am A Picture Of You.
This is the 1st video in the series.
This educational video campaign is specifically designed to raise awareness regarding the trans* community, in hopes to foster understanding and promote tolerance and acceptance in this society towards trans people and subsequently bridge the gap between the trans* community and the society.