We're a tabung for queer Malaysians!
Tabung Pelangi is a personal initiative started in the middle of 2020 to make chest binders more accessible to Malaysians. We're run by a very small team and supported by kind volunteers throughout Malaysia. We now also run Stories for a Cause(SFAC), an annual art anthology to fundraise for established Malaysian charities.
STORIES FOR A CAUSE II
A not-for-profit anthology of comics, art, short stories and poems by queer Malaysians to raise funds for a selected local charity! We commission a few queer Malaysian creatives for a zine filled with their stories. Once the anthology has been compiled, we sell this online to raise funds for a good cause.
Launched in September 2020, our first anthology was a comic anthology! Sponsored by Hiveworks comics , we were able to commission 5 Malaysian creative teams for beautiful stories. Together, we raised $1779.66 for SEED Foundation !
This year, we're back! Now accepting pitches for comics, illustrations, short stories and poems. Pitches are now closed. We're putting on our creative hats!
Our binder drive is an initiative to make gender affirmative apparel more accessible to Malaysians. Anyone who needs a binder should be able to receive one! If you need a binder or have one to donate/sell, please click the button below for more information!
Check out external links and resources for queer Malaysians, list of binder retailers and how you can help.
Sometimes, we need volunteers on the ground to help with distributing chest binders safely to recipients. For example, some younger recipients of our binder drive require more discretion than direct postage. If you're interested in volunteering to help other queer Malaysians, do fill out the below!
Have an idea/project you think would benefit queer Malaysians? Feedback? Questions? Let us know!
This initiative is meant to support queer people in Malaysia facing difficulty acquiring chest binders! We will attempt to match you to any chest binder (new or preloved) should they become available.
How it works
1. Need a binder? Fill in our form to request one!
2. We'll attempt to match your request with a donated/new chest binder.
3. You will receive your binder via post or from volunteers. Yay!
Please read all the information within the forms carefully before submitting your form!
We've compiled a thread of chest binder retailers based in South East Asia! Please let us know if you've tried any of these and whether you know of any others!
Queerlapis have written extensive articles and resources for queer Malaysians. Be sure to browse this article and many others on their site for more information
We have a mini thread on things you can do as an individual. Get organised and active! Alternatively, there are many existing organisations that need your support, both materially and intangibly.
A trans led NGO based in KL. They run an elderly home for trans folks and drop-in center for socially marginalised folks.
Gender & Sexuality Alliance Kota Kinabalu are a Queer Collective based in Kota Kinabalu.
A community-led initiative for queer people in Malaysia. Follow them for more details on what you can do! They also run the Rainbow Shelter Fund with Pelangi Campaign. Their Bluebird project is a mental health referral service with aims to aims to connect trained and verified LGBTQ affirming mental health providers to queer persons. If you know of any LGBTQ affirming mental health providers, please contact them!
A campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative envision a Malaysia where LGBTIQ people are ensured equality at home, at work and in every community.
A site for all things queer in Malaysia. They publish insightful articles and resources for queer Malaysians. Volunteer with them here.
PT Foundation is a community-based, voluntary NPO focused on providing HIV/AIDS education, prevention, care and support programmes, sexual health and empowerment programmes for vulnerable communities in Malaysia.
The Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Society is an NPO founded by medical professionals and communities affected by HIV.
A grassroots campaign organized by concerned members of the public to raise public awareness about issues surrounding violence and persecution against the Mak Nyah community in Malaysia. The campaign also aims to raise funds to finance court cases that have been brought up against transgender people who have been charged in Syariah court.
A platform that showcases stories of non-binary, genderqueer and gender nonconforming people living in Malaysia. Submit your stories here.
A queer-affirming feminist initiative, currently running the #kitasamasaja campaign.
A monthly discussion meet up for queer women in KL. Please find email details in their bio to join.
A three-person affinity group that collects queer-anarcho-feminism narratives across the SEA. You can support them buy purchasing their zines and becoming their patron on Patreon.
Know of any other initiatives we should add to our list? Let us know!
Besides showing support for existing initiatives, you can also try doing the following!
Donate to Pertiwi Soup Kitchen:
PERTIWI soup kitchen has been tirelessly helping with distributing food to those in need, including folks from SEED Foundation.
Check out queer artists from Malaysia and RT their work/ commission them: We've made a thread of Malaysian LGBTQ+ artists you can commission from. Alternatively, check out Malaysian artist directories like Buttermilk have queer artists on board.
Get organised, share ideas:
Your voice matters too! Tabung Pelangi was started simply due to having know-how about how online payment via paypal works. Do you know how to make Discord channels? Maybe start a small community? Know how to run a podcast? There's plenty that can be done with what you know!