By PANG KHEE TEIK. “Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code is designed to silence dissent, the first line of resistance against all forms of oppression. These laws push everyone further back into the closet of citizenship.”
“Sebelum hubungan kita jadi semakin serius, ada sesuatu yang awak perlu tahu tentang saya.”
By ANTHONY CHONG. Rejected by the deaf community for being gay and rejected by the gay community for being deaf, where can I go?
By PANG KHEE TEIK. “Yesterday, for the first time, I acknowledged the pain and trauma of my conversion therapy experience.”
Compiled by RYAN ONG. “For queer people who have endured traumas and rejections from families, Raya sometimes amplifies these feelings.”
By ANTHONY CHONG. “While I found someone to guide me to be an independent deaf person, I could not find anyone who could guide me to be an independent gay person.”
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.
“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.