Transgender in Malaysia: Cartoon about the Jempol arrests.

A Gorgeous Cartoon About the Harassment of Trans People in Malaysia

A Gorgeous Cartoon About the Harassment of Trans People in Malaysia

Outward
Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
Aug. 7 2015 9:19 AM

Not a Crime: A Gorgeous, Stirring Cartoon About the Status of Trans People in Malaysia

When cartoonist Kazimir Lee Iskander learned that 17 Malaysian trans women had been arrested by the Islamic police in June 2014 for the crime of “impersonating women,” he was both riveted by the case and inspired to write about it. He wanted to show how trans people are harassed in Malaysia but also how effective LGBTQ organizing can be. “I didn’t want everyone to hear the story and assume Malaysia’s some fundie hell-hole (even though it can be),” he told me. “I also wanted to show a little bit of the activism happening on the ground.” —June Thomas

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Kazimir Lee Iskander got his bachelor's degree in animation and is now pursuing a master’s in cartooning at the Center for Cartoon Studies. He surrounds himself with queer and feminist subtext, middle-class Marxism, brush pens, and pre-9/11 country music. His work can be viewed at KazimirLee.com.