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Seksualiti Merdeka

Seksualiti Merdeka is simply translated, sexuality independence. That in itself is very self-explanatory.

It’s the only festival in Malaysia that celebrates human rights for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The festival comprises of human rights awareness, talks about LGBT’s struggle in being accepted, support groups, concerts and art exhibitions.

Queer Without Fear - Seksualiti Merdeka

Oh, I should probably tell you that the LGBT community’s rights is not recognized in Malaysia. As a matter of fact, if one is caught in a homosexual act, he or she can and very likely will be imprisoned.

Homosexuality is deemed the sickness of the mind and is not a feeling of love, but pure lust that is felt towards a member of the same sex due to the temptations of the devil. It is considered a disgusting lifestyle for it diverts from the natural act of love of human beings and those who are engaged in a homosexual lifestyle is reduced to the level of animals for only animals practice homosexuality.

Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country. And in Islam, homosexuality is strictly forbidden. There are verses and stories stated in the Quran in which a race was cursed and subsequently terminated by Allah because they practiced homosexuality. This infamous race becomes the marrow of example when Muslims talk about how homosexuality is condemned in the eyes of Allah.

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It is no secret that I support any form of human rights. And naturally, I support the LGBT community as well.

For me, even if I’m born a Muslim and I know that homosexuality is haram in my religion, I support them because I know how hard their life is and what struggles they go through having many close friends who are homosexuals.

But by supporting the LGBTQ, I’m not being a good Muslim.

In fact, I’m breaking every rule there is. I’m supposed to remind this group of people to “return to the right path” and not let them astray into a lifestyle that is condemned by God. I need to steer them to the right course of how to be a human being and let them find their rightful counterpart, a person of the opposite sex.

By encouraging the LGBTQ to stand up for their rights, I am indirectly condoning free sex, in which I also somehow support extra-marital sex since homosexuals in Malaysia are not allowed to marry each other. I am encouraging the end of human race and being almost as disgusting as the homosexuals themselves.

I truly wonder if any of the condemning Malaysians ever stop to think that human feelings are different to each other, that sometimes one can’t help how one feels. They say that solace and prayers will guide these lost souls to the right path for the devil has possessed them so they can’t think clearly or rationally on what is natural for human.

But what about those who are adulterous?

What about husbands who sneak behind their wives back to sleep with someone from the office? Or wives that bring men into their marriage bed when the husbands are away?

Are these not lost souls as well? Are they not practicing free sex? Just because they are heterosexuals their rights are recognized as the abandoned wife or ill-treated husbands?

There are many loyal homosexual couples that have been in relationship for many, many years and sometimes longer than an average heterosexual couples would’ve last in a relationship. How can this long a relationship be of pure lust? Lust will, sooner or later, usually sooner, run out and fade and the parties involved usually get bored with each other.

Malaysians protest for Seksualiti Merdeka.

Being raised in a religious family, I completely understand the reaction most Malaysians have towards Seksualiti Merdeka. But what appalls me is the level of hostility it created. Most Malaysians who are against the movement are very verbally abusive, insulting and downright rude.

There is always ways to work things out for the better and the Malaysians are doing it wrong at every turn.

I believe the LGBTQ has endured enough abuse, sometimes physical and most of the times verbal, chiding from the public, being ostracized by their own family and now they are asked by the Malaysians who are against them to remove themselves from the country and make a living someplace else that can tolerate LGBTQ.

I’m not naive enough to think that the LGBTQ will be safe in another country like America. Sure it’s more open and the LGBTQ are allowed to have their own parades and festivals and celebrations but there will always be those who are against this group.

It is not where this group find refuge that will determine their safety and their rights are protected. It’s those who are not of the group that should step up and support another human being, even though they are of different belief and religion from us. It’s about being a human.

There are many other things forbidden in holy books but always homosexuality is talked about.

Morality is doing what is right despite being told wrong and religion is sometimes doing what is being told despite what is right.

There are enough heterosexuals ruining the sanctity of marriage and disrespecting their relationship without needing us to condemn the love homosexuals have for their partners.

Love is love no matter who it is between.

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