Many Malaysians are urging Syed Saddiq to uphold principles of fairness, equality, and meritocracy, and retain Numan in his team.
Compiled by RYAN ONG. “For queer people who have endured traumas and rejections from families, Raya sometimes amplifies these feelings.”
Oleh JAG. “Turut membimbangkan, isu berkenaan zina dan LGBT digunakan untuk mengalihkan perhatian orang awam dari isu utama di sini, iaitu isu perkahwinan kanak-kanak.”
By ANTHONY CHONG. “While I found someone to guide me to be an independent deaf person, I could not find anyone who could guide me to be an independent gay person.”
Oleh REGINA IBRAHIM. “Bagi negara seperti Malaysia kita jarang didedahkan tentang hal ini mungkin demi menjaga maruah keluarga dan ia bagaikan rahsia yang wajib disimpan rapat.”
By FARIS SAAD. “Even if I lost everything else, I would still have my core group of friends who accept me as my handsome self. Without them, and without music, I wouldn’t have had the courage to transition.”
By JULYA OUI. “From having a queer family I had to come back to my immediate family. From having friends all over the city I came back to none. From living with my soul mate I came back to being alone.”
By JEROME KUGAN. “I couldn’t sing or write about the virus that was inside me, but somehow I could draw it out. And that was what I did.”
By FARIS SAAD. “I substituted my longing to be a boy with plotting to start a band. I soothed my dysphoria with music.”
By FARIS SAAD. “At the same time that I knew I was destined to be a musician I also started telling people to call me a boy.”
By PLUHO. In Malaysia, many LGBTQ+ persons face discrimination and hatred. Having had lived through hardships, what do we wish we knew when we were growing up?
By PANG KHEE TEIK. All over the country, we came out as Malaysians and we volunteered and we voted, in spite of being told the country is not ready for us yet.
Oleh DINA SALVATORE PATTINSON. “Dulu para peserta dinilai berdasarkan kecantikan, penampilan, pakaian, dan keyakinan diri. Di pentas Ikon TW pula setiap peserta dinilai lebih dari itu.”
By HAZRI HAILI. “This cute little thing has poisoned the Malaysian psyche and taught us it is okay to be corrupt.”