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Messages and governance Sikh Philosophy

Supporting Black Lives and Being Effective Allies – A statement

Sat Sri Akal Against the backdrop of a pandemic, Black Lives Matter became a global rallying cry sparked by systemic and structural racism and violence against all black people. Sarbat recognises: the personal, structural and systemic racism, in particular colourism that exists within our communities; the inequities that stem from colonial legacies; Throughout Sikh history, […]

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Marriage & Relationships Sikh Philosophy

A Statement on Marriage Equality from Sarbat

Sarbat has released several statements on the Sikh perspective on equal marriage for people of all gender identities and sexual orientation since 2007 1,2,3. In light of recent developments and renewed interest in the topic 4,5,6, we would like to further reiterate our position. Everything we do or say is keeping in with our core […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Being an LGBT ally in a religious home

Sarbat volunteer Shraddha Kaur writes this blog post is in response to an email we received regarding being an ally in a religious household. Shraddha thinks each household comes with its own history, ingrained prejudice and ways of communication that can take a long time to deconstruct, so don’t be disheartened if you are unable to […]

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Sikh Philosophy

You’re not alone.

Hi my name is tina I from a sikh family I wanted some advice from you guys because I am having difficulty with my family members they are not excepting my feeling toward girls and they are making negative comments towards me I would like advice about how to handle my family how making this […]

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An open letter to the British Sikh community Re: No Outsiders

Dear brothers and sisters Sikhism is an all-encompassing religion based upon the fundamental principle of equality. Sikhism does not speak against homosexuality. There is nothing in the holy scriptures that states that marriage must be between a man and a woman. Furthermore, discriminating against people or groups, including the gay community, would be going against […]

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Sarbat and Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

The biggest news in the LGBT sphere so far this year has been the Indian Supreme Court partially striking down Section 377 on the 6th of September. This ruling essentially decriminalises gay sex between adults. Sarbat finds this of historic significance. One fifth of mankind has rightfully been told that consensual sex between two adults […]

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Sikh Philosophy

A new year message from Sarbat

Dear members and friends 2017 has been an eventful year for many and we anticipate 2018 to offer opportunities just as profound.   Sarbat’s journey since 2007 has been just as eventful, starting as an online forum for LGBT Sikhs, the group now has a wide global reach which encompasses the diversity of the Sikh […]

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An open letter to our friends in Australia

An open letter This open letter is in response to a submission by the National Sikh Council of Australia Inc in response to the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill supported by Bawa Singh Jagdev, Secretary. The overwhelming principle of Sikhism is to consider all of human race as […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Barnados Faith Tool Kit for Schools – Sikhism

We were recently asked to provide a Sikh perspective on tolerance, respect and diversity to be used for UK Schools. Kam, one of our facilitators provided the following. What does your faith say about ideas such as tolerance, respect, diversity?  Sikhs believe in one God. For all people of all religions. The central tenet of Sikhism […]

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Sikh Philosophy

A message from Jag in Canada

In addition to the various messages of support we get from people, we occasionally get the following kinds of messages which we prefer being answered (without being censored). Very recently Jag wrote us the following email…. and we responded in kind.   JAG : this site is a joke wtf u mean gay lesbian transeual. […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Sarbat’s statement on the UK’s equal marriage bill

We at Sarbat are delighted to see the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill overwhelmingly voted in favour by a majority of MPs (400 to 175). The Bill will extend the legal form of marriage to lesbian, gay and bisexual couples and permit religious groups to perform such marriages should they wish. […]

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Sikh Philosophy

LGBT Rights and Guru Nanak’s Legacy of Inclusion

[Article by Sonny Singh, courtesy of The Huffington Post – 11th October 2011] This week, I join my fellow Sikhs around the world in celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak, a mystic poet, saint and revolutionary who was born in Punjab in 1469 and went on to found our faith. Our history tells us that […]

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Sikh Philosophy

A Beautiful Bunch of Flowers

An anonymous article – London, UK 11th July 2011 There is the rose. The English rose.  It is beautiful, sensual and represents all that is elegant and fragrant of what a flower ought to be.  It is symbolic of a great nation.  It is seen and used by many as an emblem.  There are a […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Video – Homosexuality and Being a Sikh

Guruka Singh and Sikhnet have released a short video on the subject of homosexuality and Sikhism, and it is an enlightened response to the issue. Please watch the video and feel free to comment upon it below.

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Sikh Philosophy

Sarbat Milestones in August 2010

August 2010 has proven to be significant month for milestones for Sarbat.Net. Not only did we get our 200th member joining up for the message boards, but we also had the largest number of visitors to the website to date (almost 1500 people in the space of a single month). Sarbat.Net would be nothing without […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Guru Nanak and the B40 Janamsakhi – The Meeting with Sheikh Sharaf

9th February 2009 Guru Nanak, the first of the Sikh Gurus and the founder of Sikhism, lived from 1469 to 1539. During that time, he travelled as far afield as Baghdad and Mecca in the West and China and Tibet in the East, as well as the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent. These […]

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Marriage & Relationships Sikh Philosophy

Leaflet on Sikhism and Same-Sex Relationships

A leaflet has been produced as a resource on Sikhism and attitudes towards sexuality, marriage, and same-sex relationships. Please feel free to print out the leaflet. Click here for the leaflet

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Sikh Philosophy

Vaisakhi – The Festival of Identity

11th April 2008 On April 13th each year, Sikhs around the world celebrate the festival of Vaisakhi. Although originally the north Indian spring harvest festival, Vaisakhi has come to be seen by most people as the birthday of the Sikh religion in its present form. It is a time of contemplation, of renewing one’s religious […]

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Sikh Philosophy

Guru Nanak – Message of Equality

21st November 2007 Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the founder of Sikhism. Although it is believed that Guru Nanak was actually born sometime around the festival of Vaisakhi in April 1469[1], his birth is traditionally celebrated 15 days after Diwali in accordance with the lunar calendar. In 2007, this anniversary will take place on 24th […]