The earth does not rotate on an axis that is 90.00° upright.
Rather, it is slightly tilted at 23.44° (23° 26’).
You can say that the earth isn’t straight.
But then again, nothing in the natural world is 100% straight.
We’re all slightly tilted, slightly crooked, slightly dented, slightly bent, slightly flawed or slightly strange in some way.
But out of this inherent “flaw” of the earth comes the course of the four seasons in all its splendour, which has inspired us throughout the entire history of humankind.
In the same way, beauty emerges out of things which people often assume to be imperfect.
It is in this belief that beauty is inherent in all people, whether heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or otherwise, that we present to you Tiltedworld.org — the first (but not the only one, we hope) Malaysian weblog on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) rights, issues and expressions.
After more than two months in construction, the site is finally launched on 22nd June, in conjunction with Midsummer’s Day/summer solstice, the day when the earth is most tilted on its axis, as well as in conjunction with Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (declared by US president Bill Clinton on 2nd of June, 2000 to commemorate the infamous Stonewall Riot).
Currently, the writers at Tiltedworld.org consist of a small but dynamic team: Alex, Ana A., Choirboy13, Gabrielle, John Ong, Lainie Yeoh, pagarmerah, Paul O., Sam Nasser, Nakedwriter aka jiahuilee, Yuki Choe and Zaephryus. However, our long-term goal is to make Tiltedworld.org a community-based site where all members of the public are invited to contribute their own LGBT-themed articles and engage in discourse on LGBT-related issues. Hence, anyone and everyone with constructive ideas are welcomed to contribute their submissions to email@example.com.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
While our beloved country has succeeded in sending the first Malaysian to outer space, producing our own national car and much more in its 50 years of independence, the movement to recognise and embrace one of its most marginalised communities is still in its infancy. It is our sincere hope that Tiltedworld.org can be the spark that ignites the passion in every Malaysian to fight the fight against apathy, indifference, prejudice and discrimination towards LGBT individuals as well as for tolerance, acceptance, respect and appreciation for the rights of all individuals regardless of sex, gender and sexual orientation in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
THE OBJECTIVES OF TILTEDWORLD.ORG ARE AS FOLLOWS:
(I) To provide an outlet for the LGBT community to share their experiences and insights with the wider community, as well as to bring the LGBT community into mainstream society.
(II) To, in the long-run, promote LGBT rights, and push for positive LGBT-related reforms in legal and sociopolitical spheres.
(III) To serve as a platform for highlighting LGBT-themed literature, artwork and other mediums of expression.
(IV) To encourage the public to discuss LGBT issues in an objective, positive, mature and constructive manner.