Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present some preliminary findings of an ongoing research project into the lives of Australian LGBTQIA+ Buddhists. The project consists of an online survey (completed in 2020) and in-depth interviews (occurring now). Of the 82 people who participated in the online survey, more than half indicated they were reluctant to reveal their LGBTQIA+ identities to their Buddhist communities. Some participants reveal that they have been told by peers, family members, and members of their Buddhist sangha’s that their LGBTQIA+ identities are not in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings. To date, sixteen people have been interviewed and all have had positive experiences when it comes to their identities as LGBTQIA+ people within Buddhist communities. Yet, a few have expressed concerns that ‘coming out’ as LGBTQIA+ people may risk their access to rituals (e.g. ordination) within their Buddhist communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-27
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2021
Event1st International Queer Buddhist Conference

- Virtual
Duration: 23 Oct 202124 Oct 2021
Conference number: 1
https://iqbc.org/

Conference

Conference1st International Queer Buddhist Conference

Abbreviated titleIQBC 2021
CityVirtual
Period23/10/2124/10/21
Internet address

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