SEKSUALITI MERDEKA 2009

I used to like to make jokes about gays, laugh at them and discriminate them but now, not anymore. Esspecially after attending the first day of this 5-day event. It was a talk show entitled "All You Need Is Love" and it was about how people should not be afraid of their sexuality and that they should come out of the closet, letting them know that they are not alone. There were gay people coming out telling their stories about what they've gone through, how they come clean with their parents and giving inspirational and encouraging thoughts and advices. NTV7 TV Host, Will Quah was one of them. There were also even a local transvestite and a parent of a gay who came out and told their moving stories of their lives. It was really touching and I actually felt it when I was listening to them. I never knew how difficult and painful it is for them and I feel really sorry for being judgmental and bias about homosexuality without even trying to understand how they feel before this.

Half of the attendees were gay so people who are homosexual, have other sexuality complications or are just afraid to have sex, this is a really good event for you to attend as it might really help some of you that are troubled as I strongly believe that is one of the main purposes of this event. People who does not have any relevant complication should also attend and show some support as there are plenty more of other different activities lined up on the other 4 days of the event like music concert, stage plays relevant to the event, talks about sex in general and police sexual abuse and many more others. Here are the details:

"Our bodies, our rights.

DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT to privacy? Do we have the right to our own bodies? Do we all deserve to be treated equally regardless of our sexuality?

Yes, yes and yes.

It should not matter if you are single, married or divorced, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transvestite, intersexed or asexual, everyone has these rights. But are these rights recognised in Malaysia? Should they be? And what can we do about it?

This year, Seksualiti Merdeka calls for everyone to stand together to claim our rights.

Happening in its second year, Seksualiti Merdeka is an annual sexuality rights festival featuring a programme of talks, lectures, forums, workshops, theatre and music performances, interactive installations and film screenings.

Seksualiti Merdeka was launched in 2008 in conjunction with Merdeka celebrations to underscore the fact that even after all these years since Merdeka, many of us are still not free to be who we are. The forums and talks last year aimed to foster a sense of compassion and understanding for those who faced discrimination for their gender identities and sexual orientation.

This year, with the theme “Our Bodies, Our Rights”, the festival is focusing on issues that affect everyone, such as privacy, moral policing and human rights. We aim to affirm sexuality rights as a human right, empower individuals and communities of all sexualities, and create platforms for advocacy of sexuality rights."


Location:
The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Annexe
Jalan Hang Kasturi, KL

Schedule:

Wed 12/8
8.30pm: Talkshow: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Thu 13/8
12pm: Documentary: CELLULOID CLOSET
2pm: Documentary: BUKAK API
4pm: Documentary: BEFORE STONEWALL
8.30pm: Theatre: THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT
8.30pm: Workshop: KAFE BISIKAN SEKS & SEKSUALITI

Fri 14/8
12pm: Documentary: SOUTHERN COMFORT
2pm: Documentary: PECAH LOBANG + SHE’S MY SON
4pm: Documentary: THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
8.30pm: Theatre: THAT’S THE WAY I LIKE IT
8.30pm: Workshop: KAFE BISIKAN SEKS & SEKSUALITI

Sat 15/8
12pm: SEKSUALITI MERDEKA LAUNCH
2pm: Debate: MORAL POLICING – IS IT JUSTIFIED?
4pm: Book Launch: BODY 2 BODY: A MALAYSIAN QUEER ANTHOLOGY
6pm: Forum: THE LAW & OUR BODIES
8.30pm: Concert: RAINBOW MASSACRE

Sun 16/8
12pm: Tutorial: IT’S A QUEER WORLD – QUEER THEORY 101
12pm: Workshop: THE SEX TALK SHOW
2pm: Talk: Screwed – THE STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MALAYSIA
2pm: Forum: WHO’S AFRAID OF SEX?
4pm: Talk: LEGALISING NATURE: HONG KONG, INDIA & SINGAPORE
4pm: Workshop: POLICE POWER
6pm: Discussion: STEP BY STEP
8.30pm: Concert: RAINBOW MASSACRE

For more infos on this event, please log on to this site.

Facebook event link.

Gays and people with other sexuality complications, remember, you are not alone.
3 comments:
  1. hello, i am a gay malaysian reader of yours, and i'd like to tell you that your post brings me hope... that one day, the hate towards LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered) will be erased.

    thank you for your compassion and empathy :)

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  2. Am glad your heart and mind has changed about gay folks :) We're just like everyone else, but we don't have the right to love who we want. I'm heartened my mother's views that night at All You Need is Love has given you a new perspective :)

    Be the change you want to see in this world!


    Cheers

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  3. Hey there, evergreen. Thank you for reading and I'm absolutely glad to know that my post actually brought you the hope the I was hoping to give to people who may read it. =)

    Hello, Cheryl! Yes, indeed her view has gave me a new perspective and so did all the others. I actually didn't really know what the event was all about until I got there but however, I am very glad that I've attended it esspecially for "All You Need Is Love".

    All the best to you two, cheers! =D

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