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Sarah Ngu

I was born in Borneo, Malaysia. My Malaysian Chinese family moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. I graduated from Columbia University and now live in Brooklyn. I attend Forefront Brooklyn Church.

I’m a cofounder of ChurchClarity, a database that aims to elevate the standard of transparency and clarity for policies that impact LGBTQ people and Women in Leadership within the church economy.

I also host the Religion & Socialism podcast, which is produced by Devin Briski and is hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America’ Religion and Socialism working group.

I occasionally work as a ghostwriter as well.

All pronouns (she/he/they) are okay.

I write and speak on religion, LGBTQ issues, class, and race.

Bylines: Jacobin, Sojourners, Public Radio International, The Slant, Democratic Left, and Splinter News.

I’ve spoken at Cornell University, Duke Divinity, Q Christian Fellowship and The Reformation Project on my latest research project, “Is Queerness a White Invention?” My project explores indigenous histories of queerness, mainly in Southeast Asia but also in other parts of the world, with a focus on the ways in which different religions, indigenous and colonial, have marginalized, accommodated, or respected queer folks. My plan is to turn this project into a book.

Twitter (@sarahngu)


WRITING

Class (& Race / Religion)

“A hunger strike on Bowery” (Splinter News, 2018)

“Shared Foundations: CWA Union Training” (Jacobin, 2018)

Wage theft: How women of color are left out of the wage hike” (Sojourners, 2018)

Do-Good Exploitation: THINX” (Jacobin, 2017)

“Solidarity has many names” (Democratic Left, DSA, 2017)

LGBTQ Christians

Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay: 4 Profiles of Queer Evangelicals” (Sojourners, 2017)

Malaysia

“Overlooked indigenous representation in Crazy Rich Asians” (The Slant, 2018)

A long wait for a father’s return: Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter” (Public Radio International, 2015)