Buddhism and Sexual Orientation

Despite the civil rights gains that have been achieved since the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people continue to experience marginalization and discrimination in the United States and across the world. Queer-related hate crimes are second only to racial hate crimes in the United States. Sexual orientation accounts for more than 20% of all hate crimes reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Parents of LGBTQ youth often communicate messages that their LGBTQ children are inferior or undesirable in comparison with their heterosexual and/or gender conforming peers. In the United States and many other nations around the world, LGBTQ youth experience societal pressures to adhere to majority norms for fear of being ostracized by their peers as well. ...

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