Trans man Faris Saad delivers his manifesto while imagining he has already served one term as Malaysia’s first trans PM.
Tired of crispy chicken rendang? Raw Chef Yin shares with us her very own recipe for a raw vegan rendang mushrooms.
by DORIAN WILDE. From the #CampurLGBT campaign comes this epic tweet thread by Malaysian trans man Dorian Wilde providing an overview of the history of queerness in Malaysia.
By VINODH PILLAI & PRITHA KHANDHAR. Trans women could get legal gender change recognition by local authorities, subject to specific terms, while genderfluid courtiers and palace officials were given special privileges and statuses, and there were no special raids or segregation, as is done by officials today.
By JOSEPH N. GOH. Nestled in the heart of Malaysian Borneo were the manang bali, a group of gender nonconforming shamans from the indigenous Iban tribe. They probably no longer exist due to mass conversions from animism to Christianity.
BY PANG KHEE TEIK. Malaysians are panicking about kunyit. We must clean the country of kunyit! Darlings, we don’t have to clean this country of kunyit. But we can clean our kunyit.
“I’ll never throw them out. We’ve known one another intimately.” An autobiographical fantasy by ANN LEE.
By F.C. Kumar. For gay men like me, maintaining celibacy is a long drawn and eternal struggle. While some religions like mine allow for sexual relations within marriages, LGBTIQ+ people who choose to be true to our sexuality and identity won’t enjoy this same leeway in this country.
By PLUHO. If dating is hard, then dating as an LGBTQ+ person in Malaysia is impossible! We have to put up with so much more nonsense than our straight compatriots. …
By Karen Wong. I WAS IN a meeting and my colleague turned dearest friend was sitting beside me, diligently jotting down notes. I can’t help but noticed that the sides …
“Mel, I think I’m gay.” I stared at you for a long time. You looked away from me. It was our year of trying everything once. I thought you were just trying it out. But you were sure that you were not sure. As unsure as you were scared.
“One good thing about living in Sarawak is that the general attitude is quite open-minded and tolerant, if not accepting. I see it in the way we treat different people from different race, gender, and age. I hope the whole country can head in the direction of Sarawak.”
This popular short story by Brian Gomez first appeared 9 years ago in Body 2 Body: A Malaysian Queer Anthology. It is still as funny and relevant today.
A poem by Sheena Baharudin. Your shoes will be the first to go. Then your earrings, will be remov[enter] your necklace, unclasped and your lingerie, dropped followed by your …