Friday, June 7, 2019
Via Tricycle: Five Stories to Mark 50 Years Since Stonewall
2019 marks 50 years since the New York City police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. Though police arresting people for expressing a different gender than listed on their driver’s license (or demanding bribes) was not uncommon, rebellion was, and the riots and protests that followed launched the Gay Rights Movement.
For the last 50 years, cities across the globe have held parades and cultural events during Pride Month to celebrate the LGBTQ community and to raise awareness on pressing issues such as AIDS and marriage equality.
In the words of meditation teacher Jay Michaelson: “It’s no secret that many LGBTQ people have found refuge in the dharma, and it’s easy to see why. It helps us with the wounds of homophobia, recognizing internalized self-hatred for the delusion and dukkha [suffering] that it is.” Here are five Tricycle stories to celebrate Buddhism’s inclusivity this Pride Month.
1.Does Buddhism Support Sexual and Gender Minorities?
Buddhism for Beginners
2. Having Real Conversations (Even with My Sister) By Tina Lear
3. We’re Queer and We’ve Been Here
By Dr. Jay Michaelson
4. This Buddhist Life: Kodo Nishimura By Marie Scarles
5. Becoming Jivaka By Pagan Kennedy