Thursday, May 18, 2017

Taylor's University Cancels LGBT Event

A three-day LGBT public awareness campaign that included a pride march that was scheduled for June 6-8, 2017 in Taylor’s University was cancelled yesterday.

The event, called “Courage in the Face of Adversity” and organized by its students was axed following protests since Tuesday by pro-Islamists blogs that were incensed it would be held during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The university authorities were quick to explain on the same day that the organizers who called themselves "Pride Not Prejudice" had not obtained their approval. And they also said they must consider all sensitivities when deciding whether to allow an event to be conducted on their premises.

The Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative (or Pelangi) says it was distressed that Taylor’s University had placed “business interests above safeguarding academic freedom and integrity”.

Yesterday was International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, when activists worldwide co-ordinate international events to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations.

The local LGBT community remains in the shadows, particularly Muslims, fearing persecution from religious authorities in the predominantly Muslim country that has religious laws prohibiting same-sex relationships and cross-dressing.

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