The Signs In Ourselves is a fully-illustrated inclusive wellbeing resource inspired by Qur’an verses 41:53 and 51:20-21 (among others) that documents lived experiences of queer Muslims mostly from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, with snapshots of experiences from queer Muslims worldwide. Made possible by CSBR the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, the publication is available as a free download for personal and collective use.
It contains exercises and questions for personal and collective reflection. In sidebars, references to scholarly frameworks articulate an expansive and inclusive perspective to sacred texts and Islamic values. Social acceptance is importance, but self-acceptance is a spiritual experience! Meant as a resource primarily for queers of faith, this text could also benefit allies and those seeking to expand their awareness of queer Muslim perspectives and experiences in Southeast Asia.
This guideline is created as part of a joint endeavour conducted by interfaith leaders to provide guidance for LGBTI people in finding religious interpretations that are more humanistic and fair to LGBTI groups; embracing and reassuring, not threatening and frightening.
It is hoped that these fresh and progressive inter-pretations can help LGBTI people to better understand and assent themselves as parts of God’s creations so that they can see and appreciate their own broad range of individual uniqueness and beauty.