Overseas Conference

Presentation at GIN Side Event on Sept. 28, 2020

The impact of faith on LGBTI people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Presented by Pearl Wong, Queer Theology Academy, Hong Kong SAR

 

  First, Social distancing cut-off LGBTIQ+ people from Their Caring Communities and Interconnectedness

  According to a recent survey conducted in May this year with 860 LGBT+ in Hong Kong, respondents suffering from probable clinical depression rose from 29% before the Covid-19 pandemic, to 32%. Respondents suffering from general anxiety disorder rose from 24% to 28%, according to a paper on the survey published in the medical journal psychiatry research. Some 4% of respondents reported that they had frequently experienced family conflicts arising from their

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Click here to read the Speech by Pearl Wong (Queer Theology Academy, Hong Kong)

We believe that today, more than ever, it is crucial to differentiate between individuals’ and communities’ expression of faith and belief, and the politicization of religion. We have also seen religious leaders and communities advocate for the most marginalised, including sexual

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SSEAC Responses to the issues of Human Sexuality and Gender Minorities.

 

Conference Background

 

The National Council of Churches in India has been working on issues relating to human sexuality and gender identities since the first Study on Human Sexuality in Ooty in 2001. From our experience during our work in HIV and AIDS among the churches, between 2003‐2015, especially under the ESHA program, we came to realize the need to prioritize the issues around the “Key Affected Populations,”

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Pearl Wong, director of QTA, was invited as a session speaker by the Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) conference 2018 from July 16-20 in Malang, Indonesia, attended by almost 100 participants.  The session is Queer readings in and for Asia, Pearl’s presentation is titled “Queering Hermeneutics in Asian-Chinese Contexts” during which she introduced the latest book published by QTA. Other speakers include:

  • Stephen Suleeman (Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia), Queer themes in the

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QTA applied to be one of 11 speakers of Ethics of Reprocity Conference (EOR) in early July. As the representative of Queer Theology Academy and Covenant of the Rainbow: Campaign Towards a Truly Inclusive Church, she is invited to attend the symposium of “Ethics of Reciprocity: UN Dialogue of LGBTI Religious Leaders”at United Nations, headquarters, New York. One of the sponsors of this event is UN LGBTI Core Group. 

 

Full Text of Pearl Wong’s Speech in Ethics of Reciprocity: UN Dialogue of

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