AIDS council slams Jakim’s ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTs

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12/24/2018

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has censured a purported revamp of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) outreach (Mukhayyam) programme to rehabilitate LGBT persons. Referring to a recent report by news portal SAYS, which recounted the testimony of former Mukhayyam attendees about how members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community were being “converted” to the “right path”, MAC said the programme had deviated from its original aim. In a statement, MAC said the Mukhayyam, a three-day camp for LGBTs reportedly held eight times a year by Jakim, was initially created to “provide a safe, non-judgmental space” to the transgender community.

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