Every June, the LGBTQ community and allies around the world celebrate Pride Month. The tradition has grown out of the June 1969 rebellion that ignited the gay rights movement, when gay clubgoers in New York City’s Greenwich Village retaliated against police officers who raided the Stonewall Inn.
Although there have been great strides toward equality in recent years, the work is far from finished, including within the Buddhist world.
In solidarity, here are five articles from the Tricycle archives that celebrate Buddhism’s inclusivity.
Working Through the Strong Emotions of Sexual Identity
On a 40-day meditation retreat, dharma teacher and LGBTQ activist Jay Michaelson came to the shocking realization that, deep down, he would change his orientation if he could.
How Lobzang Jivaka, a transgender man, shed his English identity and found (some) solace as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in India.
Black, Bisexual, and Buddhist
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, a Zen Buddhist priest, calls on Buddhists to embrace—not ignore—the ways that they may be different.
A Big Gay History of Same-sex Marriage in the Sangha
Buddhist same-sex marriage was born in the USA. American Buddhists have been performing same-sex marriages for the more than 40 years without fanfare.
How the drag performer Issan Dorsey became a Zen master and caretaker for gay men living with HIV/AIDS.
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