Tag Archives: LGBTIQ

SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Roundtables and Workshops: “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia,” March 20-24, 2015

  ●  Goh, Joseph N. “The Contestation of Muslim Homogeneity through Queer Variegations of Lived Islam among Gay-Identifying Malay-Muslim Malaysian Men.” Paper presentation at “Gender and Nationhood: The Emerging Gendered Modernities of Malaysia and Indonesia” Panel, SEA Studies Symposium 2015 – Roundtables and Workshops, “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia,” in conjunction with the Asian Economic Panel Conference, Sunway University, Malaysia, March 22, 2015. Chair: Gaik Cheng Khoo. ●   Alicia Izharuddin, Joseph N. Goh and Pang Khee Teik. “The State and Future of the Read More +

Pope Francis suggests Gay Marriage Threatens Traditional Families

By Michele Richinick In a reference critical to gay marriage, Pope Francis on Friday warned against an ideological colonization of the family, during his five-day visit to the Philippines, Asia’s most Catholic country. At a rally for families in the country’s capital of Manila, the popular pontiff spoke of an “ideological colonization that we have to be careful about that is trying to destroy the family,” the pope said through a translator. Many people understood his remarks as a reference to same-sex marriage. “The family is threatened Read More +

“No Other God”: Unexpected Christian Idolatry?

“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3). A chance encounter with this single sentence while browsing for a particular biblical verse had me reflecting on the idea of idolatry. It brought back memories of a previous ministry to the indigenous Bidayŭh and Iban Christians in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It reminded me of communities that were held together by unquestionable loyalties to various Christian denominations which were introduced by zealous missionaries. Proselytisation had its casualties, though. Mass conversions of people Read More +

Amplify 2014: All-Asia Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference in Singapore

Between September 12 and 14, 2014, approximately 200 people participated in the Amplify Conference (Amplify). The theme of the Conference was ‘Renewal’. This is the sixth All-Asia-Pacific Open and Affirming Church + Life Conference that gathers diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer persons, as well as straight-identifying allies (LGBTIQS) to share personal stories and learn more about intersecting issues of gender, sexuality and the Christian faith. Amplify began in Singapore in 2009 as a retreat for LGBTIQS persons who served in the music Read More +

Thilaga Sulathireh: Malaysian LGBTI Human Rights Defender

By Lene Swetzer at ISHR. ‘I’m queer, and it just made sense to be part of the LGBTI movement.’ Thilaga Sulathireh initially joined the struggle for LGBTI rights in Malaysia in response to her own experience of discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. She now devotes herself to promoting and protecting the rights of others. The violence and discrimination inflicted on the LGBTI community in Malaysia, particularly on trans people, strengthened Thilaga’s determination to promote transgender rights, and challenge patriarchal norms and oppressive religious Read More +

Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia

Edited by Hugo Córdova Quero, Joseph N. Goh, Michael Sepidoza Campos Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia explores the intersection of migration and queerness as they relate to ethnic/racial identity constructions, immigration processes and legal status, the formation of trans/national or trans/cultural partnerships, and families and/or love-friendships. Woven into these narratives are explorations of the roles that religious identities, values, and world views play in the fortification/critique of queer migrant identities. These essays explore assumptions of hetero-normativities, gender role expectations, sexual identities, body configurations, Read More +

Celebrating LGBTQ Identities, Attractions and Expressions in God: A Response to Pastor Edmund Smith

Pastor Edmund Smith and “A Homosexual Lifestyle” My reflection is conceptualised as a response to a sharing by Pastor Edmund Smith on February 23, 2014 at the Community Baptist Church at Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia, on “how God restored his identity as the son of the Living God from a homosexual lifestyle.”[1] This sharing was subsequently published in the Malaysian Christian news website Christianity Malaysia on March 5, 2014.[1] Smith and his wife, Amanda, are “the founders and directors of Real Love Ministry (RLM), an Read More +

Repent or Believe in the Closet: When Pastoral Care is Anything But

A recent chance encounter with a Facebook posting alerted me to an event that immediately grabbed my attention. The title of the posting read: “LGBT: What is our Response as Catholics?” The Lifeline College and Young Adults Ministry[1] at the Jesuit-pastored St Francis Xavier Church, Petaling Jaya in the Malaysian state of Selangor had organised a talk on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2013. They had invited a guest speaker who was a diocesan priest from a parish in a neighbouring state. I had Read More +