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Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of AK (female, 31, B’ham)

Testimony of AK – 31 year old woman originally from Birmingham 11th February 2009 I come from a liberal Sikh family background, from an educated family, and was brought up in the West Midlands. My dad emigrated to the UK in 1960s, and my mum in the 1970s. Both my parents encouraged me to be […]

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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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Personal Testimony

Thoughts of an Amritdhari Gay Man

By Jasvinder Singh Aul 27th May 2008 [NB – This article was first published on Sikhnet.Com, and is published with kind permission of Mr Aul] Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Siri Wahe Guru JI Ki Fateh…Sat Nam Jio, In response to whether there has ever been an “Amritdhari” who has continued to practise the lifestyle […]

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Personal Testimony

Being Gay and Sikh in the UK – Testimony of DS (male, 26, London)

Testimony of DS – 26 year old man originally from London, now living abroad 23rd April 2008 I knew I was into men when I was around 12. At this time I was living in Southall in west London. I was a Sikh who wore a turban, and I was living with my parents who […]

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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 […]

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Marriage & Relationships

Sikhism and Same-Sex Marriages

In January 2005, the Jathedar (Head Priest) of the Akal Takht in Amritsar issued an edict denouncing same-sex marriages and urging the worldwide Sikh community not to allow such marriages to take place at any Gurdwara. Same-sex relationships were condemned as being anti-Sikh, with the concept of same-sex marriages originating “from sick minds” and being […]