Faith Acceptance

So many LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders follow strong spiritual traditions.  Yes some traditions have overlooked LGBT people or have been outright hostile.

NQAPIA’s faith acceptance campaign includes a resource library and workshops for Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs that are culturally competent for APIs.

Islam Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBT Muslim Asian Americans, South Asians, and Southeast Asians:

ARTICLES

Human Rights Campaign Faith Resources https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/RFP_LGBTQ_Muslim_Resources.pdf https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC-MUSLIM_GUIDE.pdf https://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-islam

Muhsin Hendricks – Islamic Texts: A Source for Acceptance of Queer Individuals into Mainstream Muslim Society

https://www.equalrightstrust.org/ertdocumentbank/muhsin.pdf

Olfa Youssef – The Qur’an and Homosexuality http://aminetais.com/the-quran-and-homosexuality/

Totally Radical Muslims Zine

http://www.totallyradicalmuslims.org/

a group of oakland based muslims started a zine in 2012 to confront, share, name and re-imagine experiences of islamophobia.  we created three volumes together, which are freely shared this this website. TRM has since ended, and we hope the zines inspire other projects far and wide. the zines lifted up the perspectives of often untold muslims – the radicals, queers, fabulous and fierce folks – through adding narratives of navigating the spectrum of practice, belief, ideology, sect, gender and islamophobia.

BOOKS

Joseph A. Massad

Desiring Arabs.

https://www.amazon.com/Desiring-Arabs-Joseph-Massad/dp/0226509591

Sexual desire has long played a key role in Western judgments about the value of Arab civilization. In the past, Westerners viewed the Arab world as licentious, and Western intolerance of sex led them to brand Arabs as decadent; but as Western society became more sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs soon became viewed as backward. Rather than focusing exclusively on how these views developed in the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires. To this aim, he assembles a massive and diverse compendium of Arabic writing from the nineteenth century to the present in order to chart the changes in Arab sexual attitudes and their links to Arab notions of cultural heritage and civilization.

Rakesh Ratti

Lotus Of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian Experience. New York: Alyson Books. 1993.

https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Another-Color-Unfolding-Experience/dp/1555831710

Samra Habib

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir. New York: Viking. 2019 https://www.amazon.com/We-Have-Always-Been-Here/dp/0735235007

Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle

Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims.

London: Oneworld Publications. 2010.

https://www.amazon.com/Homosexuality-Islam-Critical-Reflection-Transgender/dp/1851687017

Afdhere Jama

Queer Jihad: LGBT Muslims on Coming Out, Activism, and the Faith. Oracle Releasing: 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Jihad-Muslims-Coming-Activism/dp/0983716161/

 

BLOGS

Allah Made Me Queer

http://allahmademequeer.tumblr.com/

Faith, identity, acceptance. We are queer because that is how Allah planned it. It is not a choice, and our identities are not up for discussion.

The Bisexual Bangladeshi

http://thebisexualbangladeshi.blogspot.com/ https://thebisexualbangladeshi.tumblr.com/

Coming out in inverted commas because I’m unsure as to how I feel about the term. No one should feel obligated to declare their sexuality – it is a very personal thing. However, we live in a world where people are assumed heterosexual until they assert otherwise, and as such coming out is often a practical thing you have to do. How can we expect to obtain our rights, without first asserting that we exist?

The Huriyah Blog

http://huriyahmag.blogspot.com/

Huriyah was a queer Muslim magazine between the years 2000 and 2010. We are now publishing content from several LGBT Muslims on issues dealing with sexuality, faith, and culture.

I am not Haraam

http://iamnotharaam.tumblr.com/

Welcome to the home of the “I am not Haraam” project – a blog created for LGBTQIA+ Muslims by LGBTQIA+ Muslims. Haraam is an Arabic word used in Islam to mean “forbidden”. This project has been started as a way for LGBTQIA+ Muslims to stand up and proclaim that we will not allow our existence as LGBTQIA+ Muslims to be erased any longer. We are not kafirs, we are not deviant, our existence is not a sin. This is our space to say: WE ARE NOT HARAAM.

Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Faith (LA)

https://www.facebook.com/pg/MuslimsAgainstLGBTHate/

We are Muslims who believe in dignity and respect for all humans and pledge to stop and stand up to oppressions of all forms including hate against LGBTIQA and Queer human beings. We believe in treating people the way we would like to be treated.

Queer Muslims

http://queermuslims.tumblr.com/

A tumblr by and for queer muslims.

“Not queer like gay, queer like escaping definition,”- Brandon Wint

This tumblr seeks to celebrate and complicate what it means to hold multiple identities through posts with different viewpoints on what it means to hold multiple identities through posts with different viewpoints.

Queer Muslim Project

http://queermuslimproject.tumblr.com/

Samra Habib, a queer Muslim photographer, has been travelling through North America and Europe to take the portraits of LBGT Muslims willing to share their life stories and desire for connection.

Queer Ummah

http://queerummah.tumblr.com/

Queer Ummah is a small project started by Taylor Amari Little that aims to allow people to hear stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ Muslims. Why is this important? Often, LGBTQ+ Muslims aren’t given any safe spaces or representation, and are excluded from the rest of the Muslim community. Many LGBTQ+ people who come from religious families suffer from internal conflict and struggle with their own faith and feel that they must have one or the other: Be a Muslim or be queer. Contrary to popular belief, the two are not mutually exclusive. LGBTQ+ Muslims exist. And some of them are ready for you to listen.

Trans Muslims

http://trans-muslims.tumblr.com/

Transgender Muslims exist. We live, breathe, eat and pray just like anybody else in the ummah. This isn’t a space to debate or justify our existence to bigots – it’s so that people like us can connect with and support each other.

 

MOVIES

A Jihad for Love

https://www.amazon.com/Jihad-Love/dp/B001P9G3B0/

In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack from within and without, A JIHAD FOR LOVE is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is loudest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A JIHAD FOR LOVE is the world’s first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Parvez enters the many worlds of Islam by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself. The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, Parvez makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film’s characters show for it.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Compassion Centered Islam

https://compassion-centred-islam.net https://www.facebook.com/Compassion-centred-Islam-446900425837366/

Compassion-centred-Islam.net or better known as the CCI Network was established in September 2018.  It is an initiative by Imam Muhsin Hendricks, the world’s first openly queer Imam who comes with more than two decades of knowledge and experience in queer Muslim activism. The network consists of subsidiary organizations connected to the work of Imam Muhsin Hendricks,  such as Al-Ghurbaah Foundation and the Masjidul Ghurbaah project.We provide a safe & inclusive online space for our members. The Network provides its members with access to critical information and training that can empower them. Here they find a supportive online community with which they can connect and through which they can feel a sense of belonging. The Network is the hub and voice of queer Muslims and other marginalized groups. This online community offers a space for networking, collaboration and relationship building across borders.

Haven: The Inclusive Muslim Union of Philadelphia

https://www.facebook.com/pg/havenimup/

An accessible and inclusive space for Muslims to connect socially, spiritually, and culturally.

KhushDC

https://khushdc.blogspot.com/

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Masjid al-Rabia (Chicago)

https://masjidalrabia.org/

All Muslims deserve an environment in which we can practice our faith without fear of exclusion or violence. We don’t believe it is asking too much to be uncompromisingly ourselves – as women, as queer and trans people, as “marginalized Muslims” – and still have a faith community we can come home to.

Masjid al-Rabia is an Islamic community center in Chicago providing inclusive, affirming Muslim community while fostering in an Islam that leaves no one behind.

The MECCA Institute (D.C.)

https://meccainstitute.org/ https://meccainstitute.org/lgbt/being-gay-and-muslim

MECCA Institute is a theological school and think tank that focuses on Progressive Islam. What is Progressive Islam? It is the kind that was practiced by Prophet Muhammad in which women, LGBT persons, and people of other faiths are welcome in the mosque. This type of Islam is always cool, always timely, and never at odds with anyone.

As such, we are an LGBT-affirming organization in which our LGBT family is part of our community in every way.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (D.C.)

http://www.muslimalliance.org/

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. We seek to challenge root causes of oppression, including misogyny and xenophobia. We aim to increase the acceptance of gender and sexual diversity within Muslim communities, and to promote a progressive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, and equality.

MASGD hosts a retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and their partners each year.

Muslims for Progressive Values (Atlanta/L.A.)

http://www.mpvusa.org/

Since 2007 MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities worldwide. We envision a future where Muslims all over the world champion for dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world.

Muslim Youth Leadership Council

https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-programs/muslim-youth-leadership-council-mylc/ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kuPfloIByySx_WH7iSLw9RCJxsfecjlG/view

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC focuses on four main areas of work: countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, strengthening sexual health and reproductive rights for young Muslims, promoting LGBTQ rights and supporting queer Muslims, and working towards racial justice and countering anti-Blackness in our communities.

NOOR: LGBTQI Muslims of Seattle
http://noorseattle.tumblr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/seattleqtm/

An all-inclusive LGBTQI (and Questioning) confidential meeting space for individuals in the greater Seattle area that have ever identified as Muslim* We aim to build a supportive and conscious community through solidarity. We view solidarity as unity amongst folx with the common interest of removing the isolation our identities often cause.

OUTMuslim
https://www.facebook.com/pg/OutMuslim/
https://twitter.com/OutMuslim

OUTMuslim is an online community that aims to increase the visibility of queer-identifying Muslims through various digital media. The intent is for people from all walks of life to bear witness to the world of LGBTQIA Muslims, in the hopes of creating room for more widespread acceptance. OUTMuslim stands behind the idea that sacred spaces should be safe spaces, and embraces people of all faiths and identities.

Queer Muslims of Boston
https://qmob.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/QMOBoston

Queer Muslims of Boston (QMOB) builds community for Queer and Trans Muslims in the Greater Boston area. We are inclusive of all individuals who identify as Muslim and LGBTIA, Queer, or Questioning. We are committed to increasing the visibility of Queer Muslims as a group, while respecting the need for privacy of individual members.

SALGA-NYC
http://www.salganyc.org/

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.

 

VIDEOS

EXTREME(LY) QUEER MUSLIMS
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeRTgpWPTBRNcRw3Zi8G3iHuZN0FTkJU2

PBS’ FIRST PERSON: QUEER & MUSLIM IN AMERICA
https://www.pbs.org/video/queer-muslim-in-america-rgyuo8/

We Resist: A Queer Muslim Perspective | El-Farouk Khaki | TEDxUTSC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXydVaieYdo

Hinduism Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Hindu Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders:

ARTICLES

Bhattar, R. and Victoria, N. (2007). Rainbow Rice: A Dialogue between two Asian American Gay Men in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  The Vermont Connection. Vol. 28.

Burlington, VT. http://www.uvm.edu/~vtconn/v28/Bhattar_Victoria.pdf

Cremier, L. (2014). Silences on Hindu lesbian subjectivity.

https://contingenthorizons.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/ch11-31-46-cremier.pdf.

Kannan, S.W. (2011). Living in the shadows: Lesbians in India. Retrieved from: https://www.e-ir.info/2011/08/18/living-in-the-shadows-lesbians-in-india/

Shekar, M. & Venkatachalam, H. (2016). Tradition: Same-sex marriage and Hinduism. In Hinduism Today: https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5650

Swadhin, A. (2011). Diwali: A time to be merry and gay.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/amita-swadhin/diwali-a-time-to-be-merry_b_1031781.html.

Hindu American Foundation: Hinduism and Homosexuality https://www.hafsite.org/media/pr/haf-policy-brief-hinduism-and-homosexuality

 

BOOKS

Devdutt Pattanaik

I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities. Element. 2017

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N6V411/r.

Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don’t Tell You. New Delhi: Zubaan Books. 2015. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9383074841/

Gayatri Gopinath

Impossible Desires: Queer Diaspora’s and South Asian Public Cultures. Durham: Duke University Press. 2005.

https://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Desires-Diasporas-Cultures-Modernities-ebook-dp-B00EH BSN8E/dp/B00EHBSN8E

Rakesh Ratti

Lotus Of Another Color: An Unfolding of the South Asian Gay and Lesbian Experience. New York: Alyson Books. 1993.

https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Another-Color-Unfolding-Experience/dp/1555831710

Ruth Vanita

Queering India: Same-Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Culture and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2013.

Maira, Sunaina

Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2002.

https://www.amazon.com/Desis-House-American-Culture-History/dp/1566399270

 

MOVIES

Harjant Gill (2007). Milind Soman Made Me Gay.

https://www.amazon.com/Milind-Soman-Made-Me-Gay/dp/B00B97E19Y

Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of home and belonging. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life “back home,” are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an ongoing struggle to find a place of belonging.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Hindu American Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/HinduAmerican/

The HAF is a non profit organization headquartered in Washinton, D.C. The HAF has advocated for a mutual respect and understanding of Hindu Americans by promoting accurate portrayals of Hinduism in education and advocating for the rights of Hindu Americans in policy. The HAF has an article written about the importance of addressing the inclusivity of LGBTQ+ identifying individuals from a Hindu perspective and context.

KhushDC

https://khushdc.blogspot.com/

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Galva

https://www.galva108.org/

The Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association is an international organization dedicated to providing resources and support to LGBTQ+ Vaishnavas and Hindus and allies. Part of their mission is to spread the teachings of Lord Chaitanya to promote inclusivity and inform audiences of the experiences of those who identify as part of the third sex.

Sadhana

https://www.sadhana.org/

Our LGBTQI Committee has been brainstorming how Sadhana can be a resource and support to LGBTQI Hindus in the United States. We have begun building a database of Hindu mythic stories, sacred scriptures, traditional practices, and academic texts that portray same sex desire as natural and joyful, and that foreground the lives of tritiya prakriti individuals. We are also working on expanding our service to LGBTQI communities by creating a database of

queer-friendly Hindu temples and spaces, priests eager to perform same-sex marriages, and queer community centers for people of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean descent.

SALGA-NYC

http://www.salganyc.org/

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.

Satrang

http://satrang.org/

Satrang serves the South Asian LGBT*Q community by promoting awareness, acceptance, and empowerment through social, educational, and advocacy-related events. We envision an inclusive and visible community in which South Asian LGBTQ-identified people feel whole and heard.

Trikone

http://www.trikone.org/

Trikone is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of South Asian descent, who trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world.

Sikhism Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Sikhs:

ARTICLES:

Gill, H. (2017, May 02). To Babes, with love: An illustrator explores the intersection between queer and Sikh pride.

https://scroll.in/magazine/835015/to-babes-with-love-an-illustrator-explores-the-intersection-bet ween-queer-and-sikh-pride

Singh, M. (2015, Aug 22). How I learned to have pride in both my Sikh and gay identity.

https://qz.com/484963/how-i-learned-to-have-pride-in-both-my-sikh-and-gay-identity/

Singh, S. (2011, Nov 10). We Are One: LGBT Rights and Guru Nanak’s Legacy of Inclusion.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lgbt-sikhs-and-guru-nanak_b_1086193

Smith, D. (2019, Jan 29). Nonbinary, Sikh, and fierce as hell: Interviewing Prabhdeep Kehal. https://www.wussymag.com/all/2019/1/28/nonbinary-sikh-and-fierce-as-hell-interviewing-prabh deep-kehal

BOOKS

Devdutt Pattanaik

I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities. Element. 2017

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N6V411/r.

MOVIES

Harjant Gill (2007). Milind Soman Made Me Gay.

https://www.amazon.com/Milind-Soman-Made-Me-Gay/dp/B00B97E19Y

Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of home and belonging. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life “back home,” are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an ongoing struggle to find a place of belonging.Harjant Gill (2007). Milind Soman Made Me Gay.

ORGANIZATIONS

Sarbat

http://www.sarbat.net/

Sarbat is a social and support group for LGBT Sikhs. We offer a platform for like-minded Sikhs from all walks of life and aim to promote the LGBT Sikh cause in a fair and courteous manner. We also strongly believe that there is no room for discrimination within our communities for being who we are – We would also like LGBT issues to be discussed openly within our communities without the taboo or any awkwardness attached to it. Moving forward we want local volunteers to commence Sarbat groups around the World.

Sarbat is a social and support group for LGBT Sikhs. We offer a platform for like-minded Sikhs from all walks of life and aim to promote the LGBT Sikh cause in a fair and courteous manner. We also strongly believe that there is no room for discrimination within our communities for being who we are – We would also like LGBT issues to be discussed openly within our communities without the taboo or any awkwardness attached to it. Moving forward we want local volunteers to commence Sarbat groups around the World.

SALGA-NYC

http://www.salganyc.org/

SALGA-NYC serves to promote awareness, acceptance, empowerment, and safe inclusive spaces for people of all sexual and gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian.

VIDEOS

Justice for LGBT Sikhs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuYm65qqv0s

Buddhism Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Buddhist Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders:

ARTICLES

Hy, V. (2017, Aug 18). Buddhism, diaspora and the challenge of faith in queer communities.

http://archermagazine.com.au/2017/08/buddhism-diaspora-queer-communities/

Iwohara, J. (2018, March 2) Affirmed by Primal Vow.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/affirmed-primal-vow-john-iwohara/

(2018, Sep 30) Ichimi 2018 Opening Message (LGBTQ Seminar at GBC).

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ichimi-2018-opening-message-john-iwohara/

Wilson, J. (2017, Jun 27). A Big Gay History of Same-sex Marriage in the Sangha.

https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/big-gay-history-same-sex-marriage-sangha/

Human Rights Campaign | Buddhism Resources

https://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-buddhism

BOOKS

Devdutt Pattanaik

I Am Divine. So Are You: How Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism Affirm the Dignity of Queer Identities and Sexualities. Element. 2017

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077N6V411/r.

Larry Yang

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community. Somerville: Wisdom Publications. 2017.

https://www.amazon.com/Awakening-Together-Spiritual-Inclusivity-Community/dp/161429351 1

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Buddhist Churches of America

http://www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/

The BCA is a Shin Buddhist organization that has lobbied for the Boy Scouts of America to abandon homophonic policies and has presented pro-LGBTQ+ seminars such as “Embraced by the Heart of Amida Buddha: The LGBTQ Community & Shin Buddhism.” The organization continues to promote a pro-LGBTQ+ perspective with Buddhism.

Soka Gakkai International

http://www.sgi-usa.org/

Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA) is the most diverse Buddhist community in the United States with more than 500 chapters and some 100 centers throughout the country.

SGI-USA is part of the larger SGI network, which comprises more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. SGI members base their practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges. Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the interconnectedness of self and the environment, SGI engages in various peace activities, including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.

Trans Buddhists

https://transbuddhists.org/

VIDEOS

Equality Hawaii | Engaged Buddhism

https://vimeo.com/37489800

 

Christianity Resources

Listed below is a compilation of resources arranged by media regarding faith affirming resources for LGBTQ Christian Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders:

ARTICLES

Abes, E.S and Kasch, D. (2007). Using Queer Theory to Explore Lesbian College Students’ Multiple Dimensions of Identity. Journal of College Student Development 48(6), 619-636. (Catholic) https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d048/3662f448dbc415286a1f216650d0c902982d.pdf

Bhattar, R. and Victoria, N. (2007). Rainbow Rice: A Dialogue between two Asian American Gay Men in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  The Vermont Connection. Vol. 28.

Burlington, VT. (Catholic) http://www.uvm.edu/~vtconn/v28/Bhattar_Victoria.pdf

Cheng, P.S. (2018, May 5). Queer Asian Discipleship.

https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/queer-asian-discipleship

DiCamillo, N. (2018, Feb 15). Queer, Asian, and an Evangelical’s Daughter https://www.gaycitynews.nyc/stories/2018/4/w29554-queer-asian-evangelical-pastors-daughter-2 018-02-15.html

Kuruvilla, C. (2018, Jun 26). As A Queer Indian-American Christian, This Priest Had To Create Her Own Path.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-its-like-to-be-a-queer-indian-american-priest_n_5b21783d e4b0bbb7a0e449e7

Louie, B. (n.d.) Resurrection and the Deconstruction of my Faith.

http://thesaltcollective.org/resurrection-deconstruction-faith/

Queer Asian American Christianity: Refusal, Resistance, and Resurrection

http://thesaltcollective.org/queer-asian-american-christianity-refusal-resistance-resurrection-three-part-series/

http://thesaltcollective.org/queer-asian-american-christianity-refusal-resistance-resurrection-part-2/

Additional writing and media pieces: https://biancaml.com/writing/

Ngu, S. (2018, May 5). Redefining Family.

https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/redefining-family

Uyeda Fong, K. (n.d.) An Unexpected Advocate: One Pastor’s Calling to Love Openly Gay Christians.

https://www.inheritancemag.com/series/an-unexpected-advocate

  • Please contact SuJanne Tam (sjtam@live.com) if you are interested in a Chinese translated version of the articles.

Coming Home: To Faith, To Spirit, To Self https://www.hrc.org/resources/coming-home-to-faith-to-spirit-to-self

Reformation Project

San Gabriel Valley API PFlag’s Faith Resources | “What does the Bible Say?”

https://www.sangabrielvalleyapipflag.com/on-faith.html

 

BOOKS

Deborah Jian Lee

Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Boston: Beacon Press, 2015.

https://www.amazon.com/Rescuing-Jesus-Christians-Reclaiming-Evangelicalism/dp/080707507 8

Jeff Chu

Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. New York: HarperCollins, 2014.

https://www.amazon.com/Does-Jesus-Really-Love-Christians/dp/0062049747

Joshua Moon Johnson

Beyond Surviving: From Religious Oppression to Queer Activism. Palm Desert: Purple Books, 2012.

https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Surviving-Religious-Oppression-Activism/dp/0985766131

Mihee Kim-Kort

Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018.

https://www.amazon.com/Outside-Lines-Embracing-Queerness-Transform/dp/1506408966/

Ngeo Boon Lin

Gay is Ok! A Christian Perspective. Petaling Jaya: Gerakbudaya Enterprise, 2013. https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Christian-Perspecitve-Ngeo-Boon/dp/9832344190

Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng

From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ. New York: Seabury Books, 2012. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1596272384

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. New York: Seabury Books, 2011. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1596271329

Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit. New York: Seabury Books, 2013. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1596272414

 

BLOGS

That Gayasian Rev

https://twitter.com/thatgaysianrev?lang=en

Sarah Ngu

https://twitter.com/sarahngu

Sarah Ngu is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. She is a host for a podcast, Religious Socialism; co-founder of Church Clarity, a database that scores church websites on clarity of policies; and a deacon at Forefront Brooklyn Church, a progressive evangelical church, where she co-organizes Queer Communion.

Zora and Ada

https://queeringthekindom.com

The unfurling story of two women who love Jesus, justice, and each other. Zora is a Caucasian American woman and Ada is an Asian American woman who discuss how God brought the two of them together and continues to foster their relationship.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Asian and Pacific Islander Roundtable

https://clgs.org/our-work/roundtable-projects/asian-and-pacific-islander-roundtable/

The Asian and Pacific Islander Roundtable envisions the emergence of coalitions and networks of API LGBTQ and API allies across the country that affirms the dignity and spiritual wholeness of API-LGBTQ people of faith.

 

Epic Church (Baptist)

https://www.epicchurch.net/

We are a multicultural Asian American church seeking to be a reconciled alternative to the society in which we live: a visible and tangible sign of the kingdom of God. We are not an evangelical church, we are an American Baptist Church with Anabaptist convictions. In part, this means we are an inclusive church embracing of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. In Jesus, we believe spirituality is ultimately human, relational, and holistic. Our values of community, justice, and healing are varied expressions of this same divine love.

 

Evergreen Baptists Church of Los Angeles/Rosemead Branch (Baptist)

http://www.ebcla.org/

Offers a queer-friendly ministry called The Open Door (LGBTQ+ Christians). The fellowship is offered twice a month for those who identify as LGBTIA, Queer, Questioning and their families. All are welcome: closeted/out, Side A/Side B.

Contact Marian Sunabe: jandmsunabe@sbcglobal.net.

HA:N UMC (New York City)

https://www.han-umc.org/

We are an emerging community helping to make God’s dream of a just and peaceful society for all people a reality. In order to discern God’s dream for us we:

  • Commit ourselves to critical historical study of the bible and its healing and liberating message.
  • Promote equality of all people, inclusive of race, gender identities, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality or socio-economic status.
  • Seek to be transformed to be socially engaged.

Network on Religion and Justice

http://www.netrj.org/

The Network on Religion and Justice for Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People (NRJ) is a culturally respectful, LGBTQ-affirming, spiritually grounded, justice seeking network of API-LGBTQ organizations and individuals, their faith communities, family and friends working to nurture and support efforts toward a fully LGBTQ-inclusive Asian Pacific Islander faith community.

Progressive Asian American Christians

https://paachristians.org/

Progressive Asian American Christians, or PAAC for short, is a community for socially, politically, and theologically progressive Asian American and Asian diaspora Christians (of East, Southeast, South, and West Asian descent, as well as Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and mixed-race individuals) to support each other and discuss faith, identity, and current events. It is an LGBT-affirming, feminist, justice-oriented, anti-racist, pro-immigrant space that holds a wide range of theologies.

 

San Gabriel Valley API PFlag

https://www.sangabrielvalleyapipflag.com/

The SGV API PFLAG is a support group for Asian-Pacific Islander (API) gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT), as well as for their parents, families, and friends. The group began meeting in April 2012 as a satellite program of PFLAG- Pasadena.  In May 2013, we became our own chartered chapter; the first independent API PFLAG chapter in the nation.

PODCASTS

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

Episodes with Guests that speak about LGBTQ+ issues:

http://asianamericapodcast.com/?podcasts=danny-cortez-part-2

 

VIDEOS

Aizumi. A & Aizumi M. (2018). 27th Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast Keynote Speakers Marsha and Aiden Aizumi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGI5GHLPAiw

Bishop Grant Hagiya (2019). GC2019: March 3, 2019 Special Worship Service. (Methodist).

http://www.calpacumc.org/

Welcome to this live stream of a special worship service of the California-Pacific Annual Conference as we gather to remember God is faithful and to reaffirm our covenant with one another and the common ministry to which we are called.

Cortez, D. (2014) Why I Changed My Mind on Homosexuality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqYvkVqVLFo

Hoshino, L. (2007) In God’s House: Asian American Lesbian & Gay Families in Church.

https://vimeo.com/73005802

Louie, B. (2017) Queer Asian American Christianity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prpu30GmRfU

Okaeri | Stories from Our Nikkei Faith Community

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17B5GIfSkAxgLFuNF2xZPO4Hq5b9bjSpo/view

PFLAG | Changing Hearts: API Clergy Share their Journey

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SMI-swM3F3LFzYyy8Dpd0o1sOt30ImIh/view

 

 

LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

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LGBTQ Asians Defend California’s Sanctuary Laws

Amicus brief urges US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to Block Trump Administration’s Challenge to CA Laws Protecting Undocumented Immigrants
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Today, March 13, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in U.S. v. California, the Trump Administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws that regulate state employers and law enforcement to protect undocumented immigrants from federal harassment and abuse.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, with the pro bono legal assistance of Weil, Gotshal & Manages LLP, submitted an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief highlighting the special concerns of LGBTQ Asian American immigrants.

The brief, joined by 11 other LGBTQ and LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (APIs) groups in California, defends California and illustrates how striking down California’s sanctuary laws would have a direct and outsized impact on the LGBTQ community.

The Trump Administration’s lawsuit seeks to block three laws passed in 2017 that curtail how private employers, local prisons and jails, and local law enforcement work with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  • The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450) bars private employers from voluntarily cooperating with ICE and requires businesses to notify workers in advance of an immigration raid.
  • The California Values Act (Senate Bill 54) restricts state and local law enforcement from sharing information with ICE about the release of undocumented people in their custody. It bars the automatic transfer of undocumented persons into federal custody upon release.
  • Public Safety Omnibus (Assembly Bill 103) authorizes state inspections of immigration detention facilities to ensure compliance with California human rights laws.

“The laws have a significant impact on the LGBTQ community because so many of us are immigrants. California rightly decided to protect its residents from Trump’s overly aggressive immigration enforcement, and such laws should be upheld.” said Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director.

APIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States today and the largest segment of new immigrants.  An estimated 267,000 undocumented immigrants are LGBT, of which a disproportionate share is API.

Other co-signers to the brief include:

APAIT – a division of Special Service for Groups, Inc.

Asian Pacific Islander Equality-Northern California

Asian Pacific Islander Equality-Los Angeles

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Network on Justice & Religion, San Francisco, CA

Our Family Coalition, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco LGBT Center

Trikone, San Francisco, CA

United Territories of Pacific Islander Alliances (UTOPIA) San Francisco

Vietnamese Rainbow Orange County (VietROC)

READ the brief here.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a nationwide federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT API groups, develop leadership, and expand collaborations to better challenges anti-LGBT bias and racism.

op ed on net neutrality

OpEd: Net Neutrality Should Apply To All
Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

When we go online, we deserve an open and free internet. We should be able to go to any website we want and use whatever applications we want. No company on the internet should be powerful enough to interfere with that.

Unfortunately, that vision looks increasingly dim. A few mammoth companies sit atop internet and there’s almost no way for us to avoid them – even if we don’t use their services.

These companies track what we do online, often without our knowledge, and then manipulate what we see and where we go. This is even more concerning for the LGBTQ community where the internet should be a haven, fostering a sense of inclusion, connection to others, and providing access to resources that may not be accessible in person.

Look at the state of today’s internet:

  • Google has 93% of U.S. online searches,
  • More than 90% of young people have a profile on one social media platform, and,
  • Apple and Google together have 99% of the U.S. smartphone software market.

This lack of transparency about how big companies operate online is a growing threat to internet freedom. It calls out for Congress to step in and pass a law that protects internet openness. Specifically, Congress should pass a law confirming that when we’re on the internet, we can go to any legal website we want and use any legal service without any company interfering. In short, the federal law should put down a neutrality marker that says, “No blocking. No censoring. No throttling.”

Most important, there should be a single clear standard for all companies with any access to what we do online – no special exemptions or differing standards.

This would create true net neutrality and only Congress has the power to do this. For nearly 20 years, internet users have had to contend with a constantly shifting state of internet regulations. For example, federal neutrality rules have changed 8 times since 2003.

If rules governing the internet do not apply to all online companies, internet users are not fully protected. This disproportionately impacts LGBTQ individuals as they rely more heavily on the internet than their non-LGBTQ peers. LGBTQ youth specifically are much more likely to find peer support, and access to health and medical information online than non-LGBTQ youth.

Congress alone has the power to address the problems that exist on today’s internet. Speaker Pelosi, who has been such a champion of the LGBT community for so long, surely knows that the current state of affairs is not working.

Congress last updated our communications and internet law in 1996. Bill Clinton was President and Independence Day was the top movie. Internet access typically meant a 28 kb/second connection over a telephone line. Home broadband and wifi were nonexistent.

No more waiting! Congress should pass a law this year confirming net neutrality and a uniform standard for companies operating across the internet.

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations. 

2019 Catalyst Awards Dinners

NQAPIA’s 2019 Community Catalyst Awards Dinners

Washington DC – Sunday, March 24, 2019, 6-10pm, at Sax DC, 734 11th Street NW, honoring: David Do of the DC Mayor’s Office & Bianca Humady Rey of Capital Pride

DC FB Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/315954829279319/

Purchase tiks for DC: bit.ly/cca19dc

New York – Saturday, March 30, 2019, 6-10pm, at 88 Palace Restaurant, 88 E Broadway, honoring: Thanu Yakupitiyage and the Asian Women Giving Circle.

NY FB Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/246534812925959/

Purchase tiks for NY: bit.ly/cca19ny

Chicago – Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6-10pm, at Hon Kee Restaurant, 5009 N Winthrop Ave, honoring: Fatimah Asghar , Christ Church of Chicago, and Ryan Viloria

Chicago FB Event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/303970763593854/

Purchase tiks for Chi: bit.ly/cca19chi

All dinners are 6pm to 10pm.

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