CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF PINK BORNEO

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HOMOPOBIC SOCIETIES AROUND THE WORLD

With recent progress in legislation, some governments are in an effort to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. Unfortunately, 80 countries around the world still maintain laws that make homosexuality illegal. In countries such as Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as parts of Nigeria and Somalia, homosexual acts are punishable by death. Criminalisation of homosexuality remains strong in many African countries where gay people face persecution and violence from police, employers, hospitals and community organisations.

In fact, negative attitudes towards homosexuality are quite common even in areas where it is legal, for instance in some European countries hate crimes toward LGBT individuals continue to occur due to strong religious traditions in many places. As such, LGBT equality is severely threatened and the laws fail to protect LGBT individuals from homophobia. In the UK, although homosexuality is not considered as a criminal offence for many years and the Civil Partnerships Act has been introduced in 2004 to legalise same-sex union-ship, young LGBT continue to face homophobia in their everyday lives particularly in schools. In a 2010 public opinion poll, 43% of Americans who participated believed that gay and lesbian relationships are morally wrong despite the support of many religious communities by opposing homophobia.

GROWING UP IN HOMOPOBIC ENVIRONMENT

Many LGBT people are forced to conceal their sexuality, for fear of the negative reactions and consequences of coming out particularly in a homophobic culture. Even with a simple realisation that they might be gay can cause many young LGBT to be grappling with shame stemming from negative messages that they are sick, disgusting or sinful. It is very uncommon to feel fully at ease with being open with one’s sexuality or expressing same-sex affection.

Young LGBT people are subjected to severe homophobic bullying at school particularly when they do not act in line with gender stereotypes. Words associated with homosexuality are often used as standard insults, reinforcing the conception that it is highly undesirable to be gay. Naturally, this stops young LGBT from exploring and understanding their gay feelings; the fear of cruel homophobic torments from family and friends push them to the point that they have to pretend to be heterosexual or join in homophobic taunts – purely to protect themselves. There are many different homophobic threats experienced by the LGBT people almost on a daily basis; all of them are destructive, prejudice and discriminative such as malicious gossip, name-calling, intimidating looks, internet bullying, vandalism and theft of property, discrimination at work, isolation and rejection, sexual assault, or even being sentenced to death.

GAY COMMUNITY & PINK MARKET IN ASIA

The identities of LGBT have become increasingly a global phenomenon. In Asia, the recognition of this ‘new’ gender/sex culture has become more apparent as a result of the increasing international cooperation on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes; such preventative measures can only be effective if they are developed according to the lifestyle of every target group – hence the importance of recognising these gender/sex minorities.

Some of the major developments in Asia in recent years regarding homosexuality and human rights indicate that liberal thinking is spreading aggressively in this region; in December 2007, Nepal has created laws to protect LGBT rights and change existing laws that are tantamount to discrimination; in July 2009, the Indian government has taken a significant action to address the severe persecution of LGBT people living in India by abolishing the law that criminalises homosexuality; in April 2011, Pakistan has introduced a third gender category on its national identity cards for the transgender community; the number of openly gay politicians are increasing such as Tsai Ing-Wen in Taiwan, Vincent Wijeysingha in Singapore, Taiga Ishikawa in Japan, Penny Wong in Australia and Sunil Babu Pant in Nepal.

Some researches have suggested that gay culture is more tolerated in Asia than in other continents. For example, China has a history of being tolerant to homosexuality where Confucianism does not condemn homosexuality as some religions do. In fact during the Song dynasty, it has been documented that homosexuality was considered fashionable for both men and women. Several emperors were reported to keep male consorts. Kang You Wei, a renowned scholar in the 20th century apparently proposed same sex marriages. It is estimated that gay men and women constitute between 1 and 5% of the Chinese population, which means there could be as many 60 million homosexuals in China [Source: China Daily]

The economic, social and technological advancements in the context of tourism have acted as the catalyst in accelerating the movement of human around the globe. The purchasing power of LBGT community (also described as the “Pink Money”) is very significant because some gay and lesbian couples do not have children to support, meaning they have substantial disposable income and therefore they have high propensity for unique, exotic and fascinating travel adventures.

There is no doubt that the power of pink money is constantly growing in Asia as more countries are beginning to accept gay culture. Inline with the changing socio-political climate, many gay couples are becoming more open and relaxed about their sexuality. This encourages development of new products and services that help the gay community to express their self-actualised individuality such as airlines, destination resorts and other travel-related businesses. Exotic countries such as Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are offering comprehensive travel guide for LGBT visitors, in the hopes that the pink market will provide a steady and reliable source of income to the local economies. There are also a couple of online gay travel planners, specialising in pink market such as Purple Dragon and Utopia-Asia.

PINK BORNEO

The gay scene in Malaysia is thriving; although it is still mostly underground, it is basically tolerated by the “live-and-let-live” attitude of the locals.

From travel industry’s perspective, Sabah has all the important qualities to successfully develop Pink Borneo; Sabah has outstanding quality of flora and fauna, and the natives have rich and diverse tradition and culture. Most visitors find that the locals in Sabah are generally friendly to all visitors regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation. Sabah’s hotel industry is also booming and this provides a wide range of accommodation to suite everyone’s budget and preference. There are also several gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments to support the development of Pink Borneo, ranging form backpacker hostel, pub and club, restaurant, spa centre, hair-salon, boutique, photography, event organiser, etc. Since all major destinations in Sabah such as Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Selingan Turtle Island, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Danum Vally Research Centre, etc. are well documented; visitors find it easy to enjoy their special interests. Finally, with the increasing number of direct flights coming to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has become accessible to travellers from all over the world.

Based on LGBT global research study by OutNow, gay travellers will continue to travel for the following reasons; more LGBT enter into civil partnerships and they are looking for exotic places for honeymoon or to celebrate their union-ships. Apparently, most LGBT prefer to take long-haul destinations as they are looking for new adventure and travel experience. Typical activities of LGBT travellers while on vacation include diving, golfing, visiting historical landmarks, experiencing new culture, etc. According to OutNow, LGBT market represents all ages; young adult, professional, middle age and retired who are well educated and enjoy nature-based activities.

In order to develop realistic, achievable and sustainable vision and mission of Pink Borneo, the above information has been taken into consideration during the development process and the followings are established:

  1. The vision of Pink Borneo is to build a sophisticated LGBT business community in Sabah through tourism and to excel in the industry so it creates a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity.
  2.  The mission of Pink Borneo is to be the best facilitator of international LGBT travellers to Sabah and to create employment and business opportunities to the local LGBT community.
  3. Pink Borneo is promoting “Conservation Through Ecologically Responsible Gay Tourism” in Sabah where all tour packages offer high quality of travel experience and support Responsible-Tourism programmes such as scuba/island trips, flora and fauna appreciation, nature adventures, cultural experience and voluntary projects.
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A cool thing to share to the world: Lisa Jarmon Gets the Biggest Surprise in Ellen History

Before I call of my day and have my weekend, I was wondering what should I share this week. There are many sad things happened, in the world, our society, people we know, celebrities etc. & particularly our own lives.

We need positive energy! We need to move on, we need to visualize as much positive things as we can. And, God‘s will, I found one video from Youtube that we can share & appreciate and hope for.

This is about Ellen. A wow thing that had been done to the world from our LGBT community. Enjoy the video!

Courtesy to: The Ellen Show Channel

She’s won a car, and all of the 12 Days of Giveaways, but today Lisa Jarmon is getting something no one on the show has ever won before — a new home! The incredible people at KB Home are going to build a custom home for Lisa and her family, who we flew out to be part of the surprise!

Pink Borneo’s World Water Day

About a month from today, on the 22nd March 2012, the world will be celebrating a world wide event call World Water Day. ‘World Water Day’ has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water.

This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day, the day has become a popular Facebook trend.

[Malaysia World Water Day facebook Page]

Malaysia World Water Day Facebook Image

The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the World Day for Water.

In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on the occasion of the World Water Day. The fourth Report is expected to be released around 22 March 2012.

The theme of 2012 is: Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The visual identity and communication campaign is by UN-Water.

 We are able to find websites that are emphasizing the important of the event such as:

  1. Greening the blue
  2. UN Water dot org

and many more. Sabah, Malaysia government had also came a website & event to the awareness of all Sabahan toward the event at Hari Air Sedunia 2012.

In conjunction with the event of World Water Day 2012 themed ‘Water And Food Security’, the State Goverment via the Water Department (JANS), Department Of Irrigation & Drainage (DID), Public Works Department (PWD) and Institution Of Engineers Malaysia, Sabah (IEMS) will be organising a state level conference, exhibition and educational visit at Grand Ballroom, The Pacific Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu on the 20th-22nd March 2012.

Participation for the events is opened to water supply, sewerage, wastewater, irrigation, drainage and food industries.

The organiser with the Sabah Professional Photographers’ Society (SPPS) will also hold a photograph competition according to the event’s theme that will be opened to two categories; open and student until 12.00 noon, 10th March 2012.

The rules and regulations for the Photograph Competition and any further information required regarding the events; please call the Secretariat at +6 088-259122 or email to: iemsabah@sabah.org.my or iemsabah.adm@gmail.com. For Photograph Competition entry form download and other information please click this link.

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Holidays of year 2012: Part 1

My 1st holiday destination of the year was at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort. Leaving KK at 0650hrs on the 4th February to Tawau via flight AK6122 with another 3 friends from Kota Kinabalu then meet up another 2 new friends at Semporna before we departed to Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.

We were warmly welcomed by the Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort airport rep when we walked out from the  arrival hall. Then we took a 45 min bus ride from Tawau to Semporna. Here are the pictures to share with you all, cheers!

While we were waiting for the boat transfer to the resort

Hunting for food on the street

We sat down & enjoy the beauty of the panoramic view from the deck…

 The boat where our food was served, lots of food, plenty of food, eat til you dropped haha..

Our bed, room no. 36, welcoming, holidaying!!
 Adrian took our picture outside our chalet

   

Awesome view

Chill out

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort in Semporna, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Another view…

My drawing at Kapalai…

Happy New Year 2012!

Hi all,

Greetings Happy New Year 2012 to you all ^_^ Pink Borneo is entering 2012 together with you all. I am grateful that I am able to celebrate this Chinese New Year with you all this year, I am not alone now hehe…

I wanna wish you all:

“When the mid-night bell rings tonight, Let it signify new and better things for you, let it signify a realization of all things you wish for, Let it signify a year of courage and believes, Wishing you a very very very prosperous 2012, the year of Water Dragon”

With love,

Mr. Pink Borneo

We need to remember what’s the most important, new year resolution???

And, don’t forget to love life, have fun & laugh always ^_^

Pink News Borneo: Teratak Trip – 30 December 2011

The winners of Christmas countdown Q Bar Kota Kinabalu made their Pink trip to Teratak River Cruise near Beaufort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Borneo, last Friday the 30th December 2011.

We left from Kota Kinabalu at time 1400 hours and made an overland journey for 2½ hours to Teratak Village, South Western part of Sabah. Upon arrival, they enjoyed light refreshment at the jetty and then proceeded for a late afternoon river cruise in search for the bizarre odd nose Proboscis Monkey along the river. This stretch of wetland is also home to other wildlife such as Long Tailed Macaques, Silver Langur Monkeys, varieties of endemic and migratory birds, monitor lizards, bats, otters, etc. When the darkness falls, witness the magic of thousands flickering fireflies on trees along the river bank.  After having scrumptious dinner, we then returned to the jetty and transferred back to Kota Kinabalu. What a wonderful way to close the curtain of year 2011 with Pink Borneo Teratak River Cruise!

    


Pink Borneo Reports: More Than Ever

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Today, I found this cool thing on website & I can’t wait to share with you about The Devotion Project Series.

THE DEVOTION PROJECT is a series of short documentary films celebrating LGBT couples of all stripes.

The first film, MORE THAN EVER, chronicles a New York couple who’ve lived an incredible 54-year love story. This film premiered at Newfest: The New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in July 2011 and won the Audience Award for Best Short.

More films will appear on this site over the coming months.

Gay U.S. Airways Flight Attendant Stripped Naked, Tied, Strangled to Death in Mexico City

We are now in the month of November. Over the months of September & October, we kept receiving & hearing news of gay bully, gay murder. I am sad for the ‘gets-better’ time is not here yet I suppose. My purpose to post these news is hoping Gay Community Kota KinabaluSabah Borneo,Malaysia are aware of things happened out there. And I started to think or better word to describe, I wonder if such things also happened here locally, yet it had been covered up.

We, Kota Kinabalu gay community better start looking into this matter. I received another horrific news of gay murder as per the title above: Gay U.S. Airways Flight Attendant Stripped, Tied, Strangled to Death in Mexico City

POSTED BY  ON OCT 31, 2011: 27-year-old Nick Aaronson’s body was found naked on his hotel bed, with his hands tied behind his back and a belt around his neck this weekend. The U.S. Airways flight attendent had been strangled to death, and his body showed signs of choking and beating beforehand.

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