Welcome to the third volume of the Queer Asian Spirit E-Zine!
In this volume, we focus on an important issue for many queer people of Asian descent: freedom. This is a freedom to come out of the closet, the freedom from state-sponsored persecution and violence, the freedom to walk away from erotophobic religious communities, and the freedom to love whomever we choose.
The essays in this volume focus on the freedom to integrate our spiritual lives with our sexualities, gender identities, and cultural background. Gary Chan writes about the tenth anniversary of the “FREE” Community Church in Singapore, which is an acronym for “First Remember Everyone is Equal.” Patrick S. Cheng writes about the sacrament of baptism as the freedom to come out as Christian. Eddy Lee reflects upon the freedom of his sexual and spiritual liberation. Larry Yang reflects upon the freedom of self-knowledge and interconnectedness from Buddhist practice. And Yap Kim Hao imagines a time of "Triple Zero," when the world will be free of new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths, and discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS.
We hope that this volume of the Queer Asian Spirit E-Zine will serve as a catalyst for magnifying the freedom in your spiritual life during this season of expectant watching and waiting, whether it be Advent, the Winter Solstice, or the New Year!