They smile as I say hello with a mouth full of rice.
The prime minister, Najib Razak, recently compared gay people to ISIS.
Senior Islamic clerics make headlines condemning their lifestyles.
Her face is framed by a pink silk hijab, accentuating her bright eyes and joyful expression.
“She’s the prettiest girl from our class,” says Hafiz, smiling at his friend. We are all really, very close.” The fact that Hafiz enjoys a network of supportive friends is not unduly thanks to the city he lives in.
Tai says most Malay people “would be reserved in expressing their support for the rights of LGBT, for fear of being seen as a lesser Muslim, and out of peer pressure.” Hafiz, a Muslim-Malay, notes that this severely impacts his relationship with his religion.