George Town Literary Festival 2018 through the eyes of young queer Malaysian writers.
Oleh REGINA IBRAHIM. “Ianya antara jalan untuk para Mak Nyah bersosial sesama mereka selain dari bertanding cantik. Pertemuan antara Mak Nyah lama dan baru untuk tujuan bersiratulrahim.”
Messages from trans community of Malaysia.
By PANG KHEE TEIK. “Yesterday, for the first time, I acknowledged the pain and trauma of my conversion therapy experience.”
By HALI MUNAN. “I already found fluidity attractive in anyone. It wasn’t just presentation. I believed who they were simply because they believed themselves.”
By BAGAYETTE. “I know this in my gut because it is my lived reality, my truth.”
By HALI MUNAN. “I had to make a call. I told my father I would stop being what he wanted me to be and find my own way.”
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 FARIS SAAD. “Even if I lost everything else, I would still have my core group of friends who accept me as my handsome self. Without them, and without music, I wouldn’t have had the courage to transition.”
By JULYA OUI. “From having a queer family I had to come back to my immediate family. From having friends all over the city I came back to none. From living with my soul mate I came back to being alone.”
By JEROME KUGAN. “I couldn’t sing or write about the virus that was inside me, but somehow I could draw it out. And that was what I did.”
By FARIS SAAD. “I substituted my longing to be a boy with plotting to start a band. I soothed my dysphoria with music.”
By FARIS SAAD. “At the same time that I knew I was destined to be a musician I also started telling people to call me a boy.”