Malaysia’s First Openly Gay Pastor to Wed!
Ouyang Wen Feng co-founded the first gay friendly church in Kuala Lumpur, in 2007. Malaysia is a muslim majority country and homosexuality is punishable by caning and up to 20 years in prison, although there is a thriving gay community in the capital.
His partner, Phineas Newborn III is a broadway producer and the pair will tie the knot in New York on August 31, Malaysia National Day, which Ouyang ays holds a lot of significance to him.
"I am not promoting homosexuality or gay culture but honesty, love, justice," said Ouyang, "A lot of people make the wrong assumptions and stereotype homosexuals, which is why I came out publicly and why I think other gay people should come out as well."
He says that many Christians seem to be “ok” with homosexuality but he still faces backlash from church leaders. "They will say you can’t do this, but my question to them is, do what? I don’t have to do anything to be gay."
We hope he has a wonderful wedding! Such a brave thing for him to do to have come out in the face of such potential religious persecution. He’s done a very admirable thing for the gay community in Malaysia and abroad and deserves to have nothing but happiness on his wedding day!