Staying Alive in the LGBT World

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Penang Monthly speaks to four LGBT individuals about their experiences finding employment in Malaysia.

Mika

“I’m a female, but I dress like a male. I do not conform to the typical gender binarism, and that’s why I’ve struggled with finding employment,” says Mika, 22, who identifies as a homoromantic demisexual.

Shortly after completing her degree earlier this year, Mika did a brief stint in sales. “I accompanied a Malaysian company to Shanghai for a business trip. While there, I found myself being studied from head to toe. After inspecting my attire, they’d check to see if I had an Adam’s apple or breasts. It made me extremely uncomfortable. China still disapproves of its LGBT community, and the baby boomer generation especially reflects this hostility.”


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