QAS E-Zine, Vol. 2 (2013): Queer Engagements with Faith and Families
Editorial: Queer Engagements with Faith and Families
Joseph N. Goh and Patrick S. Cheng
ties – whether by blood or by choice – are critical issues for queer persons of
Asian/Pacific Islander descent. While it is true that so many lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, intersex, pansexual, asexual and queer/questioning
persons of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have forged bonds of kinship and
friendship amongst themselves that parallel blood relations due to rejection
from families, the fact remains that the everyday living of many such persons
does not always entail an estrangement from familial ties. Relationships and
interactions with family and relatives constitute great importance for many
queer persons who negotiate the fluidity of their gender and sexual identities
as they engage with life on a daily basis. For some, involvement with family
opens up floodgates of great inspiration and strength, for others it is accompanied
by tensions, while for others yet, it is a source of mixed blessings.
issue of the Queer Asian Spirit
E-Magazine which showcases contributions from Malaysia, Singapore and the
United States, we focus on the notion of queer engagement with faith and families.
We pay special attention to stories of how queer self-perceptions are shaped by
the dynamics of familial relationships, and how persons negotiate issues of
gender and sexual identities in the context of faith and in relation to their
existing families, aspired families and family life in general. Also included
in this issue is a reflection by a Malaysian gay man on a nature-centred
spirituality which defies easy labels and categories.
As we present
our second issue, we also extend our invitation to queer people of Asian and
Pacific Islander (API) descent to come forward with their stories of their
lives for future issues. These stories, which elicit a worldwide audience, may
become valuable sources of strength and inspiration in unimaginable ways for
queer people everywhere.