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Is Pink the New White?
On Whether Religious Faith & LGBTQ Allyship can be Reconciled
Given recent clashes between certain religious communities and the LGBTQ movement with the rise of countermovements like Wear White and LoveSingapore's Red Dot to Pink Dot in 2014, this panel discussion aims to challenge the common perception that religion and sexuality are invariably at odds with each other. Hear from panelists Rev Miak Siew and Mr Mohamed Imran Taib share their views on whether and how one can reconcile religious faith with support and allyship for the LGBTQ community. The discussion will be moderated by Ad Maulod.
Rev Miak Siew is the executive pastor of Free Community Church, the only LGBTQ-inclusive church in Singapore. He completed his M.Div at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He has been involved in the LGBT rights movement in Singapore as a member of People Like Us, the Singapore gay and lesbian group focused on advocacy and public education, and was also one of the organizers of IndigNation, the LGBT pride season in Singapore.
Mr Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib is founding member of Leftwrite Center, a dialogue platform discussing social issues. He was co-editor of two books: Islam, Religion and Progress: Critical Perspectives (2006) and Moral Vision and Social Critique: Selected Essays of Syed Hussein Alatas (2007); and editor of local Malay socio-religious journal, Tafkir. His writings have been published in The Straits Times, Today, Berita Harian and The Jakarta Post. A graduate in philosophy, he is currently working as a researcher in NTU.
Ad Maulod has taught extensively at Purdue, NTU and NUS. For her Honors thesis, Ad wrote an ethnography of female masculinities by gender non-conforming Muslims in Singapore which has been published as a chapter: "Because Allah Says So: Faithful Bodies, Female Masculinities and the Malay Muslim Community of Singapore" (with Nurhaizatul Jamil), in an anthology on Islam and Homosexuality. Her current dissertation research critically explores practices of female same-sex families through intersectional matrices of gender, sexuality, race & ethnicity and class in Singapore.
Organised jointly by The G Spot, Yale-NUS Gender & Sexuality Alliance, with The Middle Ground, Yale-NUS Interfaith Society.
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