Gay Couple On Vacation Arrested For ‘Immoral Acts’ In Their Hotel Room

(stock photo via Depositphotos)


(stock photo via Depositphotos)
(stock photo via Depositphotos)

Imagine being arrested for having consensual sex in the privacy of your hotel room while on vacation.

That’s the situation two Vietnamese tourists found themselves in during a trip to Malaysia.

The New Straits Times reports Tang Van Duc, 22, and Lee Vu Linh, 29,  were arrested by the State Immigration Department in their hotel room in Penang for participating in “immoral acts” with an undercover officer on November 12.

The couple pleaded guilty to the charges in court, and Judge Norhayati Mohd Yunus ordered each of them to pay a fine of about $240 (RM1000). They also faced the embarrassment of their photo being posted by local news media.

The men had been visiting the country since October 18 on tourist visas.

I’ve reported on the grim situation for LGBTQ people in Malaysia many times in recent years.

Malaysia provides no legal protections for LGBTQ individuals, and those arrested for same-sex encounters face severe penalties – up to 20 years in prison as well as fines and public whippings.

Earlier this month, five men in Kuala Lumpur were sentenced to at least six months in prison and being whipped with a cane in public for “attempting to have gay sex.”

In August 2018, police raided a gay bar in the same city saying the arrests were an attempt to “stop the spread of LGBTQ culture in society, according to Pink News.

The next month two Malaysian women were caned for “attempting lesbian sex in a car.”

Duc and Linh enjoy a better legal situation in their own country of Vietnam.

Same-sex relations are legally permitted, gay/bisexual people are allowed to openly serve in the military, and a 2016 survey found rising support – up to 45% at the time – for marriage equality in Vietnam.

Malaysia: Gay Men Sentenced To Public Caning Then Months In Prison

A gay man is caned in Malaysia
A gay man is caned in Malaysia
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Five Malaysian men in Kuala Lumpur have been sentenced to at least six months in prison and being whipped with a cane for “attempting to have gay sex,” according to Reuters.

Additionally, four of the men have been fined RM4,800 ($1,163) and the fifth was fined RM4,900.

The men, along with seven others, were arrested last November during a raid at a private apartment and convicted of “attempting to have intercourse against the order of nature,” which is a crime under Islamic laws.

Five of the remaining seven men will face sentencing later this month.

Calling the sentences “a gross injustice,” LGBTQ activist Numan Afifi – who attended the sentencing hearing today – told news site MalayMail that the sentences were “outrageous” and would “create a culture of fear.”

Two Malaysian women were caned in September 2018 as well for “attempting lesbian sex in a car.” The caning of women is banned under civil law but some Islamic states allow it under shariah law.

At the time, Amnesty International issued a statement saying the canings marked “an appalling day” for human rights in Malaysia.

MalayMail notes that sodomy is a crime under Malaysia’s regular criminal code as well as under Islamic law. However, it is apparently rare for citizens to be found guilty of the crime.

Malaysia provides no legal protections for LGBTQ individuals. Those arrested for same-sex encounters face up to 20 years in prison, as well as fines and whippings.

(source: Reuters)

News Round-Up: April 4, 2018

Fitness model John Gaines

Some news items you might have missed:

• I got your Hump Day right here – a woofy guy (fitness model John Gaines), a dog that woofs and a beach. What’s not to like? #HumpThis

• Toronto police, under fire for the slow response to investigate a series of gay murders, will not march in the city’s pride parade this year.

• Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, who covers the White House, will be honored by The White House Correspondents’ Association with an honorable mention for the Merriman Smith Award for print, which honors presidential news coverage under deadline pressure.

• A contest at a Malaysian university sought ideas to help “convert” gay students. The contest called for video and poster design as part of a campaign called “Back to Nature.”

• A CNN legal analyst described Donald Trump’s fruitless search for a lawyer as being “reduced to Legalzoom.” In light of the fact that Trump famously doesn’t listen to his lawyers’ advice or pay his legal fees, no one in Washington D.C. wants to rep him.

• Grindr says it will stop sharing subscribers HIV status with 3rd party companies.

• Maryland lawmakers have passed a bill that outlaws so-called “conversion therapy” for minors. The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

• And how about one more from the hunky, handsome Mr. Gaines…