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March 23, 2015

From hot air balooning to ziplining, enjoy these breathtaking vistas from above

Once you’ve scoured the markets in Asia, floated in its warm, salty seas and traipsed through its ancient ruins, you’ll no doubt be looking for a more…elevated experience. 

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

January 19, 2015

Buddhist monk says he slept with a male disciple 'without consciousness'

A controversial Thai abott has left the monkhood after publicly confessing to having sex with a male disciple.

Kasem Duangphaengmar, formerly know by his monk name Phra Kasem Ajinasila, yesterday (18 January) said he would resign but still observe the dharma.

He changed the color of his robe from saffron to white and said he would remain at Sam Yak forest monastery, Nam Nao district to continue preaching.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

April 28, 2014

The Venerable Tanaisawan George Chandha-dhammo has told a Thai current affairs show that he sees no conflict between his attraction to men and his past as a cross-dresser with his current life as a Buddhist monk in the first time the issue has been discussed on TV

An interview with an openly gay Buddhist monk who used to be a cross-dresser has caused controversy in Thailand with state censors holding the broadcast back for a month before they decided it could go to air.

The Venerable Tanaisawan George Chandha-dhammo, a 28-year-old monk at Vivegvanaram Monastery in Hat Yai, Songkhla province in southern Thailand, gave the interview with current affairs show Woody Talk in March but authorities initially thought it was too controversial to air.

March 7, 2014

The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, has told Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with gay couples being allowed to get married and has spoken out against homophobic violence

The Dalai Lama has told veteran US talk show host Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with same-sex couples being allowed to marry but stopped short of saying it was acceptable in Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama made the comments in an interview to be aired 10 March on, saying it was up to individual countries whether they legalized same-sex marriage.

‘That I think is a personal matter,’ the Dalai Lama said of the international debate over the rights of LGBTI people.

June 18, 2013

Magda Szubanski said she was as 'excited as 13-year-old at a One Direction concert' to meet the Dalai Lama in Melbourne today

Gay Austrailan comedian and actor Magda Szubanski compered a live talk from the Dalai Lama in Melbourne today.

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism is in Australia for a four-city tour of Australia.

Szubanski tweeted this morning that she was as 'excited as a 13 year old at a One Direction concert' to meet the Dalai Lama again.

September 5, 2012

While many gays are rejecting religion, others are choosing to walk a different path. GSN meets the Tibetan Buddhists who are living a life beyond dogma, intolerance and the very concept of sexuality

Religion has become a dirty word among many in the gay community.

With preachers from a myriad of faiths around the world still condemning homosexuality as a disease, the root of all evil and even the Pope claiming it will lead to the extinction of the human race, it’s understandable.

But despite extremist fire and brimstone, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people still choose to have a belief, finding inspiration, guidance, hope and happiness in their faith.

May 9, 2012

Cambodia Pride starts on Saturday with support from other south east Asian nations

Cambodia Pride starts on Saturday, and 2012 is a bumper year because the kingdom hosting ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). So Pride organisers RoCK (Rainbow Community Kampuchea) are joining forces with LGBT groups in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, Laos and Vietnam for workshops and events.

April 24, 2012

Matthew Jenkin puts his mind at rest to get his body in gear during his Olympic body challenge

Oscar Wilde famously said he could resist everything but temptation. I can resist everything except a vodka Martini and a double chocolate gateaux.

Or at least, that was the case before I started my three month challenge to look and feel like an Olympian before the London 2012 games.

April 18, 2012

Raymond Taavel died soon after being assaulted breaking up a fight outside a gay bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canadian gay rights activist Raymond Taavel, 49, died early on Tuesday morning after being assaulted trying to break up a fight between two men outside Menz & Mollyz, a gay bar on Gottingen Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia.