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.
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 back on their sexualities and spiritual sensibilities.Using a Constructivist Grounded Theory Methodology, and aided by the theological musings of Marcella Althaus-Reid and a document of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences as analytical frameworks, this article analyzes and theologizes the complex processes of transcendent/desire, or negotiations of the ‘‘Profoundly More’’ and sexuality in the narratives of these men.This article suggests that transcendent/desire can be imaginatively assembled in three interrelated forms: (i) as embodied connections with the transcendent; (ii) as a vocation; and (iii) as an imperative to flourish.
Key Words: Asian theology, bisexual, gay, Malaysia, non-heteronormative men, queer theology