hatred goes viral

Two men beaten after allegedly having sex in car in Malaysia

After a viral video appeared to show a homophobic attack on two men in Malaysia, the PELANGI Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative begged Malaysian authorities to take action.

In the video, which has been viewed on Facebook more than 88,000 times, a mob surrounds a car as the two men inside scramble to get dressed. The suspects then “proceed to assault the victims physically” and call the men “embarrassments,” according to Malay Mail.

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“THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!” PELANGI president Numan Afifi tweeted in response to the footage. “I categorically condemn this anti-gay violence and call on the authority to investigate on this hate crime. Enough is enough.”

In a subsequent tweet, Afifi wrote: “If you know any gay friends, go hug or fist-bump them today, hold their hands tight and let them know that they are loved. Tell them that you’ll stand with them as we embrace the end of 2018 that is still homophobic.”

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A British colonial-era law makes homosexuality illegal in Malaysia, and violence against individuals across the LGBT spectrum in the country has made headlines in recent months and years. A trans woman was beaten by a group of assailants in August and suffered broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, and head injuries in the attack. In June 2017, a teen died after he was beaten, burnt, and raped in an alleged homophobic attack.

So far, there’s been no word about the condition of the two men victimized in this latest beating.