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Malaysia held a contest on finding ways to 'prevent' homosexuality and transgenderism


The Malaysian health ministry is defending a decision to hold a contest for finding ways to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism, saying that the contest's aim was to assist teens in making better health decisions, Reuters reported.

Activists have criticized the decision, saying that it could further foment hatred and bigotry against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the country. 

"The creative video competition is purely to tap knowledge and creativity of adolescents on sexual and reproductive health related matters and does not intend to create discrimination to any particular group," said Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, the Malaysian deputy director-general general of health. 

The contest website asks potential participants to submit video clips for many categories, including one for "gender identity disorder," saying that participants must include elements showing the consequences of being LGBT.

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