Discussion notes from breakout sessions (In no particular order)
What does marriage equality look like?
Sikh identity is an identity of a people and not necessarily a sign of religious observance – there are conversations around the youth
How do we re-imagine what marriage should look like?
If you cannot reimagine equal Anand Karaj – you will not be able to get there.
Understanding of Punjabi culture – very little movement creating/allowing for our own spaces
Debate of Identity vs Tradition vs Religion vs Faith
The wedding ceremony is such a powerful connection with the Gurus.
Patriarchy – run by Jat men
Not even sure if terms exist in Punjabi for LGBT+ identities – heterosexual?
How can we make it happen? Allyship & Raising awareness of LGBT+ people
Having dialogue with other conversations (interfaith) – learn from one another
Also work with other marginalised groups
The historical context of the Sikh faith – short but packed history – The ceremony has evolved (e.g. Sati was occurring frequently at one time in India). British insisted to have current maryada.
The context of faith is society – and there must be symbiosis.