20 LGBT RELIGIOUS PEOPLE HOW DO YOU RECONCILE YOUR IDENTITY AND YOUR RELIGION

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Depends on your religion, really! (For context, I am a gay man from India, living there as well)

I was born into Hinduism, but left it due to a lot of reasons. Hinduism itself is a diverse religion – and several sections of Hinduism have shown tolerance and even acceptance toward multiple genders and sexual orientations. Modern Hindus (at least in India) can be, and are, very homophobic and transphobic, but it is more of a cultural thing, than a religious thing. Many gay couples have had Hindu weddings abroad, so maybe there is a way forward? It will take a lot of theological and religious debate before progress is made.

I was an atheist for a while, but now practice Buddhism, which has no proscriptions for laypeople being LGBT. Many Buddhist teachers, monasteries and sects now openly welcome and even ordain LGBT people, and the practice is geared more towards personal liberation rather than a God sitting in judgment. Buddhism has helped me reconcile my identity with my faith to an extent!

EDIT: for clarity. Also, when I say more a culture thing, I mean that anti-LGBT scriptures are obsucre and very small in number. Hinduism does not have a single holy book or canon.

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