This is absolutely outrageous. The Education Ministry in Malaysia has produced an anti-gay booklet that has brought shame upon the nation. It actually instructs people how to “spot gays.” The question is, why would they do that? Another question that comes to mind is, once they are spotted, what would these “educators” like people to do? There can only be one answer: Persecution.

This grotesque effort is also offensive. Imagine if an education bureau in another country produced a pamphlet titled, “How to Spot a Jew.” Or maybe a brochure for a country with strong anti-immigrant sentiment titled, “How to Spot a Malaysian.” You get the idea of how dangerous this effort to stigmatize a minority truly is.

Here is a story on the topic:

A government-endorsed parenting guide that describes symptoms of homosexuality has kicked up a storm on the Internet, with human rights and sexuality activists expressing shock and disgust.

Sin Chew Daily today reported that the Education Ministry had endorsed the guide as helpful to parents and teachers.

It was launched during a seminar in Penang yesterday. The event, billed as “Parenting in addressing the issue of LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders)”, was officiated by Deputy Education Minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

The guide listed four symptoms each for gays and lesbians:

For gays:

Muscular body and a fondness for showing off the body by wearing clothing, such as by wearing V-necks and sleeveless tops

A preference for tight and bright coloured clothes

An inclination to be attracted to men

A tendency to carry big handbags, similar to the kinds used by women

For lesbians:

Showing attraction to women

Distancing themselves from women other than their girlfriends

A preference for hanging out, sleeping and dining with women

Absence of feelings for men

I do want to thank the geniuses in the Education Ministry for pointing out that  gay men are into dudes and lesbians are into chicks. Wow, without those factual nuggets I’m sure we’d all be scratching our heads trying to unravel the great mystery of homosexuality. But what are heteros into? I’m stumped and can’t figure it out. Maybe the Education Ministry can get around to answering that riddle as well.