Pride Event Canceled in Kuala Lumpur After Religious Complaints

Pride Event Canceled in Kuala Lumpur After Religious Complaints

A three-day pride event set to take place at Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been canceled due to religious complaints. The event was to include film screenings, a march, and educational components.

A statement from organizers said that the university canceled the event because of “pro-Islamist” blogs and messages. “We regret that Taylor’s University has decided to place its business interests above safeguarding academic freedom and integrity, and standing firm for the autonomy of its students,” the statement said.

“The State has perpetrated systemic oppression on LGBT spaces and discourses, including through the banning of Seksualiti Merdeka, despite Articles 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantee the right to freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and expression for everyone,” it continued.

 

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