Category Archives: Publications

Is There Hope?

  By Joseph N. Goh Dr Joseph N. Goh from the School of Arts and Social Sciences shares his views on acts of violence against gender non-conforming and sexually-diverse people. Read more. This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such information or images. The original authors, owners and/or sources hold the copyright to any information and image on this post. If there is any information or image on this post that belongs to you which Read More +

Beauty and the Beast Censorship Attempt shows the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of LGBT Rights in Malaysia

By Joseph N. Goh Objections from certain sectors of Malaysian society to the film Beauty and the Beast neatly illustrates both the fear and lack of understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country. Read more. This excerpt posted here claims no credit for any information or image posted herein: it merely hosts such information or images. The original authors, owners and/or sources hold the copyright to any information and image on this post. If there is any information or image Read More +

Survivalist Sexuality-Faith Strategies in Biblical Meaning-Makings: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Christian Men and Negotiations of Sexual Self-Affirmation

  Goh, J. N. (2016). Survivalist sexuality-faith strategies in biblical meaning-makings: Non-heteronormative Malaysian Christian men and negotiations of sexual self-affirmation. QUEST: Studies on Religion & Culture in Asia, 1, 38–53. Retrieved from https://www.theology.cuhk.edu.hk/quest/index.php/quest/article/view/19   Abstract This article is a socio-theological investigation into the diverse ways in which non-heteronormative Christian men in Malaysia negotiate with biblical passages to affirm their sexual identifyings, sexual expressions and sense of faith. Such a socio-theological investigation also acts as a critical questioning of official and unofficial attitudes towards non-heteronormative men—and Read More +

Close Encounters of the Authentic Kind: Exploring Love, Sex and Intimacy among Gay-Identifying Malaysian Men

Goh, J. N. (2016). Close encounters of the authentic kind: Exploring the meaning-making of love, sex and intimacy among gay-identifying Malaysian men. In J. C. H. Lee & M. Ferrarese (Eds.), Punks, monks and politics: Authenticity in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia (pp. 47–64). London: Rowman & Littlefield International. Abstract This chapter focuses on personal realities that speak to notions of authenticity among gay-identifying Malaysian men in their meaning-making of love, sex and intimacy. I aim towards an appraisal of the life experiences and circumstances of Read More +

Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back

Goh, Joseph N. “Imaginative Assemblages of of Transcendent/Desire: Non-Heteronormative Malaysian Men Speak Up and Talk Back.” Critical Research on Religion 4, no. 2 (August 2016): 125-140.   Abstract Many non-heteronormative Malaysian men find themselves on the receiving end of political, socio-cultural, and religious condemnations of their sexual identifyings and expressions. Their lived realities are often considered invalid, including from religious and theological perspectives. This article is a queer socio-theological project that examines the lived realities of six non-heteronormative Malaysian men who speak up and talk Read More +

Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health Services

“Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health Services” is a discussion paper that examines the attitudes of institutional and popular Christianity towards men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons (TG), the impact of such attitudes towards the aforementioned individuals in relation to HIV prevention and treatment, as well as Christian teachings and strategies that affirm key affected populations and people living with HIV. In Asia-Pacific countries, Abrahamic religions such as Islam and Christianity often condemn same-sex behaviour and gender non-conformity. This kind of Read More +

‘Why is it Wrong’?: Conceptualisations of Sexual Wrongdoing and Sexual Ethics among Gay-Identifying Malaysian Men

Goh, Joseph N. “‘Why is it Wrong’?: Conceptualisations of Sexual Wrongdoing and Sexual Ethics among Gay-Identifying Malaysian Men.” In Doing Asian Theological Ethics in a Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Context, edited by Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan, James F. Keenan and Shaji George Kochuthara, 347-360. Bengaluru, India: Dharmaram Publications, 2016. Abstract This essay is a critical investigation of the conceptualisations of sexual wrongdoing and ethics among gay-identifying Malaysian men. My focus here is on the lived experiences of two gay-identifying Malaysian men who profess to be non-practising Read More +

Peculiar Politics in Malaysia: A Queer Perspective on Non-Heteronormative Malay-Muslim Men

Goh, Joseph N. “Peculiar Politics in Malaysia: A Queer Perspective on Non-Heteronormative Malay-Muslim Men.” In Ways of Queering, Ways of Seeing, edited by Jillian E. Cox and Jo Grzelinska, 3-33. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015. Abstract In this chapter, I postulate that the adamant insistence by Islamic and civil authorities on specific performativities of masculinity and sexuality to the extent of persecuting non-heteronormative Malay-Muslim men underwrites the pursuit of an image of Malay-Muslim cohesiveness. This politically motivated antagonism, in turn, secures the maintenance of political Read More +