Joseph N. Goh

Joseph N. Goh
Monash University (Malaysia) · School of Arts and Social Sciences

PhD, STL, ThM

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Joseph N. Goh holds a PhD in gender, sexuality and theology. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. A list of his publications can be viewed at https://www.josephgoh.org/publications

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In November 2011, the Malaysian sexuality rights festival Seksualiti Merdeka was banned after being labelled immoral and subversive. The organizers insisted that the festival was a forum for the voices of sexual minorities and that the ban was politically motivated. By examining the rhetoric surrounding this festival in the Malaysian media, this ar...
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This chapter focuses on the interface of homosexuality and hegemonic masculinity by examining a selection of academic work on masculinities and men’s sexualities in Malaysia. Then, based on tensions inherent in “straight-acting” homosexual men who distinguish themselves from their more effeminate counterparts, I provide an argument that masculine h...
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Muslim mak nyahs or male-to-female transsexuals constitute seventy to eighty percent of 10,000 mak nyahs in multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysia. Often seen as the epitome of sinfulness for their perceived transgressive and obfuscating melange of gender and sexual identities, mak nyahs are frequently subjected to heinous treatments from the co...
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Although homosexuality in Malaysia has been condemned as a “crime worse than murder,” gay men continue to seek recognition, and resist oppression and discrimination. In this essay, I focus on two Malaysian men who identified as gay—a Malay-Muslim and a Chinese-Christian— whose appearances in an “It Gets Better in Malaysia” video project in December...
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My aim in this article is to problematise the heteronormalised interlacings of citizenship, ethnicity, masculinity, ascendancy, morality, matrimony and religion among Malaysian Malay-Muslim men through queer analyses. The civil partnership of Malaysian Ariff Alfian Rosli caused considerable tumult among many Malay-Muslims in Malaysia, dislodging an...
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This chapter is devoted to understanding how the theological underpinnings of Amplify can best be understood in terms of an overarching theological vision that admits a diverse range of theological and spiritual ideas practices rather than a singular and rigid theological tradition. Religious studies scholar Laurel C. Schneider’s notion of promiscu...
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This chapter argues that Amplify’s past, present and future must not be simplistically understood as discrete and mutually exclusive, but as overlapping, mutually informative and symbiotically enriching realities. Similarly, its strengths, weaknesses and projections need to be understood in terms of contiguous spaces that open up more spaces of hop...
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This chapter introduces Amplify’s theological vision, and analyses subtle nuances in the concepts of inclusivity, openness and affirmation in doing church. Goh narrates the faith journeys of co-founders Gary Chan and Paul Lucas in the formation of Amplify, and furnishes a detailed historical account of Amplify’s diverse personnel, programmes, activ...
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The inaugural chapter explains the purpose of this book by detailing Goh’s project of theologising the Amplify Open and Affirming Conferences. It provides an overview of contemporary ecclesiological concerns before a discussion on the difficult relationship between churches and LGBTIQ issues. Various organisations, including two churches in Hong Ko...
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This chapter underscores Amplify’s mission to assist open and affirming churches in understanding a calling to embrace and foster meaningful and life-giving existence for LGBTIQ people in the face of socio-political, ecclesial and ecclesiological rhetoric that portrays gender-variant and sexually diverse people as destined for corporeal and spiritu...
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The final chapter suggests that while its efforts in doing church among LGBTIQ people have been laudable, Amplify needs to take up the challenge of broadening and deepening its understanding and praxis of inclusivity, openness and affirmation as contained in its theological vision, and beyond LGBTIQ issues. To this end, Goh analyses and expands on...
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Despite the significant inroads which have been made globally in relation to LGBTQ affirmation, such efforts constitute the exception rather than the norm. Many sexually diverse and gender-variant people in the Majority World continue to be ostracized and discriminated against in their own faith communities. This article looks to the lived realitie...
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Malaysian transgender people often experience suspicion, discrimination and rejection from their religious institutions. This article, written at the intersection of transgender and spirituality studies, aims to decipher the complexities of trans/imagining God, or formulations of individualised spirituality, in the lives of four transgender men. Us...
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This book is a dedicated academic study of Amplify, a series of open and affirming Christian conferences in Asia that provides spaces of worship, support, fellowship, collaboration, and networking for LGBTIQ-affirming churches. Through a detailed analysis of narratives from fourteen Amplify frontliners comprising co-founders, hosts, organisers, co-...
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This chapter constitutes socio-ecclesiological ruminations on improving relations between (presently) non-affirming churches and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other queer communities (LGBTIQ) in Southeast Asia. Specifically, it is crafted with an intersectional approach to gender, sexuality, health and the Christian faith.
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The purpose of the present study is to attain a better understanding of Collaborative Learning in Informal Spaces (CLIS) by addressing the nature of learning activities that will trigger socio-cognitive conflicts and the kind of socio-emotional challenges experienced in CLIS. To this end, research was conducted over four weeks where tasks were divi...
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This chapter underscores the reality that the becomings of Malaysian trans men are often marked by profound experiences of bodily ambivalence and dissatisfaction. As this Chapter narrates, trans men are often distressed by the dissonance they see between a masculine identity and a perceived female body, the inconvenience and discomfort of chest bin...
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This chapter scrutinises the interactions of Malaysian trans men with other members of society as well as their struggles with disclosures of gender identity. An argument is made that engagements with family, friends and colleagues both disrupt and facilitate the becomings of trans men. In many instances, they condition the decisions made by trans...
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This chapter investigates the unruly navigations of gender identity among trans men, which are intrinsically linked to strivings for self-understanding, self-determination and meaningful existence in a country that continues to exhibit disdain and discrimination towards transgender and queer communities. Such communities are incessantly subjected t...
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This chapter analyses the ways in which gender, sexuality and faith intersect to play a pivotal role in the becomings of Malaysian trans men. Used predominantly in this chapter to denote institutional religious affiliation, personal spiritual values and ethical principles, the category of faith is regularly overlooked despite being a crucial marker...
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This chapter focuses on the multifaceted issues surrounding various forms of medical transitioning, notably Gender Affirmation Surgery and Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy. Despite a keen awareness of the lack of consistent and reliable medical availability, and potential health complications, most trans men undergo Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy...
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This book explores the fluid, mutable and contingent ways in which transgender men in Malaysia construct their subjectivities. Against the dearth of academic resources on Malaysian trans men, this ground-breaking monograph is rooted in the lived experiences of Malaysian trans men whose vicissitudes have mostly been hidden, silenced and overlooked....
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This book brings together a group of innovative scholars examining the contemporary issue of effecting gender and sexuality justice in the context of Asia, consonant with engendering a just, equitable and sustainable development for all. These grassroots initiatives are woven through three complementary sections of the book: gender justice in Asia,...
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This response to Joy Ladin's work attempts to articulate how a reconceptualization of God in terms of a “cursing” and “shaming” God might be theologically helpful. Rather than understanding God as cursing transgender people who ought to be ashamed of themselves, this response investigates what it is that God might curse, shame, bless, and bring to...
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This paper considers the effects of media censorship and dissidence in Malaysia within the context of gay men and pornography, and how these oft-considered taboo subjects intersect within the society. Malaysia’s media landscape has revealed many flaws in the country’s political and social environment. The place of gay men and pornography within thi...
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Although Malaysian trans men experience discrimination and stigmatisation, their vicissitudes are under-documented. This article uncovers the negotiations and innovations of Malaysian Christian trans men in relation to their Christian faith. By using Constructivist Grounded Theory Methodology to analyse and interpret selected narratives of four Chr...
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The unrelenting ill-treatment suffered by mak nyahs, or Malaysian pre-operative and post-operative male-to-female transsexuals, indicates a steady process of dehumanisation that besieges mak nyahs in contemporary Malaysia. Nevertheless, the 2000s have seen a groundswell of strategies by mak nyahs to dismantle forces that seek to dehumanise them, an...
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Sexuality, religion and faith often have complex and conflicting interactions, on both personal and societal levels. Numerous studies have been conducted on queer subjects, but they have predominantly focused on 'Western' expressions of faith and queer identities. This book contributes to the wider scholarship on queer subjects by drawing on actual...
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This essay, which adopts a practical theological tone, aims to locate the voice of God in spaces that are conventionally disassociated with ‘proper’ and ‘valid’ spirituality, namely in the thoughts, voices, wisdom, insights and lived experiences of people do not conform to normative socio-cultural and religious prescriptions of gender and sexuality...
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Malaysian laws prohibit the personal and public production, dissemination and storage of written, pictorial and digital representations which are deemed indecent and obscene, including pornography. In a country where sexuality remains a largely taboo subject, and where any sexual identities, behaviours and acts that fall outside of heteronormative...
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Malaysian gay and bisexual men are often disparaged as ‘sinful’ and devoid of their institutional faith values in a country that criminalizes same-sex behaviour. Nonetheless, some men negotiate, rearrange and interpret their spirit – or sense of the sacred – through desire – or sexuality – in life-giving ways. By adopting a Constructivist Grounded...
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This article garners theo-pastoral lessons from the lived realities of gay, HIV-positive Christian men in Singapore. Such lessons are premised on the belief that gay HIV-positive men are prophets with lessons of life and faith for Christian communities, rather than polluted victims of a disease who simply merit pastoral assistance. The analysis of...
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'Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health Services' is a discussion paper that examines the attitudes of institutional and popular Christianity towards men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons (TG), the impact of such attitudes towards the aforementioned individuals in relation to HIV prevention and treatment, as well as C...
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This article is a socio-theological investigation into the diverse ways in which non-heteronormative Christian men in Malaysia negotiate with biblical passages to affirm their sexual identifyings, sexual expressions and sense of faith. Such a socio-theological investigation also acts as a critical questioning of official and unofficial attitudes to...
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Many non-heteronormative Malaysian men find themselves on the receiving end of political, socio-cultural, and religious condemnations of their sexual identifyings and expressions. Their lived realities are often considered invalid, including from religious and theological perspectives. This article is a queer socio-theological project that examines...
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This essay is a critical investigation of the conceptualisations of sexual wrongdoing and ethics among gay-identifying Malaysian men. My focus here is on the lived experiences of two gay-identifying Malaysian men who profess to be non-practising Roman Catholics, and whose narratives bespeak their struggles in negotiating their sexualities and their...
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This chapter focuses on the doings of love, sex and intimacy that give rise to the meaning-makings of authenticity for gay-identifying Malaysian men. These personal meaning-making processes are concomitantly dialogi-cal engagements with the religio-political, sociocultural and legal logic in Malaysia that vehemently repudiates such subjectivities a...
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people are often subjected to suspicion, condemnation and exclusion by mainstream churches based on the perception that they are deviant, pathological and sinful. Consequently, they are treated as objects of unfamiliarity, derision and pity rather than subjects of experiential wisdom who can inf...
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Introduction to the Special issue of in God's Image on queer theologies
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In this article, I suggest that our comings out in situations that do not cause us harm or danger as Christians with same-sex attractions can become channels for a deeper understanding and manifestation of the presence of God in our lives. I am not suggesting that people who do not come out cannot have a deeper understanding of God or manifest the...
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“… ethnicity as a point of primary identity construction is being traversed and transcended … as the authors demonstrate, at the wider socio-political level members of civil society movements, such as Bersih and Seksualiti Merdeka, have deliberately sought to either explore non-ethnic identities or challenge the efficacy of racialising discourses”...
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In this chapter, I postulate that the adamant insistence by Islamic and civil authorities on specific performativities of masculinity and sexuality to the extent of persecuting non-heteronormative Malay-Muslim men underwrites the pursuit of an image of Malay-Muslim cohesiveness. This politically motivated antagonism, in turn, secures the maintenanc...
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Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia explores the intersection of migration and queerness as they relate to ethnic/racial identity constructions, immigration processes and legal status, the formation of trans/national or trans/cultural partnerships, and families and/or love-friendships. Woven into these narratives are explorations of...
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In the format of a roundtable discussion, Asian/Pacific Islander (API) scholars, religious workers, and activists who identify—or work with communities that identify—as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) reflect on the intersection of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, and religion in API diasporic communities...
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Embodied experiences and insights of LGBTQ persons can challenge and contradict grand metanarratives of sacramental theology that exclude and/or censure these persons. Through a theological investigation of the narratives of Vincent, a 26‐year old Malaysian, I examine the dynamics of his self‐identifying as bisexual and Roman Catholic in relation t...
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This essay deploys a queer-feminist-liberation reading of Mark 10:46-52 to articulate the issues and struggles of non-heteronormative Malaysians, and the ways in which they reclaim their visions and voices as sexual subjects in a disenabling ethos.
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Although the sacrament of anointing has undergone a major shift in focus from the dying to the sick after Vatican II, the official ritual maintains that its administration necessitates an ordained minister. This exclusive prerogative, coupled with the number of priests that is disproportionate to an increasing growth of baptized laity, underscores...
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Many Malaysian mak nyahs, or male-to-female transsexuals, undergo tremendous discrimination and persecution in various aspects of their lives. This is due to their liminal identities and their involvement in sex work in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country that actively engages in moral policing. In this essay, I expand the notion of queer Chri...
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The term ‘trans*’ is an inclusive referent for all non-conforming gender identities, and challenges the notion that biological sex necessarily dictates and determines gender identity. Male-to-female trans* persons are individuals who are born with male genitalia, but who largely identify as women. In many parts of Malaysia, pre-operative and post-o...
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The male-to-female transsexuals of Malaysia are referred to as mak nyahs, a traditionally pejorative term that has been reappropriated with empowering repercussions (Khartini 2005). Yik Koon Teh, a Malaysian academician, and Khartini Slamah, a Malaysian mak nyah activist, employ the term “mak nyah” to denote male-to-female transsexuals, irrespectiv...
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http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/11/09/review-of-gay-is-ok-a-christian-perspective/
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Queering Malaysian Malay-Muslim Cohesiveness (Op Ed) My recent chapter in Queer Sexualities: Diversifying Queer, Queering Diversity entitled “Malaysian Masculine Exposé: Queering the Politics of Non-Heteronormative Malay-Muslim Men” argues that non-heteronormative Malaysian Malay-Muslim men confront and lay bare political agendas which rely on the...
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Through recourse to material from academic scholarship and various online media resources, which I interpret through a queer theoretical framework, I postulate that the adamant insistence on specific performances of masculinity and sexuality to the extent of persecuting non-heteronormative Malay-Muslim men by Islamic and civil authorities underwrit...
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Malaysian LGBT persons are worn-out by accusations of adopting un-real identities and engaging in perverse acts, and by being misconstrued as belligerently defiant of religious authorities. We are haus from being dismissed as Malaysians who claim the right to realize who we are in diverse and alternative ways, and who revel in the pluralistic quali...
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A simple online search via Google reveals that gay dating websites are proliferating. This has wrought magnanimous repercussions on international gay communities, including multi-ethnic Malaysia. For instance, Malaysian users position themselves as the eighth highest users of gayromeo.com in the world, numbering at 29,330 members as of August 2010....
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Both Malaysian Syariah and civil laws have collaborated in creating a systemic persecution of Muslim mak nyahs , or male-to-female transsexuals, as sinful deviants and violators of Islam, with the aim of coercing repentance and rehabilitation. By interpreting my research findings from face-to-face, in-depth interviews with seven Muslim mak nyahs th...

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I'm working on various areas of gender, sexuality, religion and theology. Grateful for your interest.