Last week, Malaysia rounded up 66 male students with “feminine qualities” and sent them off to get “fixed” at a government re-education camp1. These kids were taken out of school to be brainwashed out of a fear that they “could end up gay or transsexual”.
Even worse, the Malaysian Prime Minister is refusing to act and shut down these “sissy camps”.
Next week we have a major opportunity to let Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak know that the world is watching and he must shut down these camps immediately. On May 6th, he will be in the media spotlight as he heads to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit hoping to build international credibility - and he needs to hear from us.
Will you join the growing chorus of Malaysians and people around the world demanding that the Prime Minister shut down these anti-gay boot camps? If we can quickly get to 10,000 signatures, activists will deliver our letters directly to the Prime Minister at the summit next weekend:
Malaysians have been up in arms since news leaked about the camp2 - and even some government officials are speaking out. The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, has said the "boot camps" violate Malaysian law3, and a broad coalition of civil society groups are demanding that the government shut them down.
Instead of responding to the overwhelming demand to shut down the re-education camps, the government has ignored criticism, and instead launched a public relations campaign to portray the camp as a wholesome outings.
Schools should be a safe space where children can learn and develop without fear of recrimination for being themselves, not a place to be "profiled" and sent away for re-education. Please sign the petition now, and activists will deliver our letters directly to the Prime Minister at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit next weekend.
All best and All Out,
Andre, Erika, Guillaume, Jeremy, Joseph, Prerna, Nita, Oli, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out
PS - We have only a few days to make sure our voices are heard. Stand with Malaysian activists and ask Prime Minister Razak to shut down the camps.
All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that’s between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.
1. Besut boot camp for 66 sissies
2a. ‘Sissy boot camps’ should be abolished, say rights group
2b. Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed
2c. Letter: Terengganu Education Department, are you not listening?
3. ‘Sissy boot camp’ violates law, says Shahrizat