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Extra! Carnaval Do Brasil

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The surreal flight of the Portela, O Globo, Feb. 17, 2015

Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro are famous for being spectacular, but this year's parades are special because they coincide with the city's 450th anniversary. In yesterday's parades, one of Rio's most famous samba schools, GRES Portela, stunned the public with its traditional eagle, which was standing like the statue of Christ the Redeemer until it bowed to the public. After this, Portela is expected to be a serious contender for the best performance award, a nod that has eluded the school for the last three decades.

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ABOUT THE SOURCE: O Globo is a national newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro. It was founded in 1925 and is one of the flagshipsof the media conglomerate Organizações Globo, led by businessman Roberto Marinho.

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New Study Finds High Levels Of Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination In Buddhism

We tend to think of Buddhism as a religion devoid of commandments, and therefore generally more accepting than others. The author, an Australian researcher — and "genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist" themself — suggests that it is far from being the case.

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Some Buddhist spaces can be highly heteronormative and show lack of understanding toward the LGBTQ+ community

Stephen Kerry

More than half of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Buddhists feel reluctant to “come out” to their Buddhist communities and nearly one in six have been told directly that being LGBTQIA+ isn’t in keeping with the Buddha’s teachings.

These are some of the findings from my research looking at the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Buddhists in Australia.

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I’m a genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist myself and I was curious about others’ experiences in Australia since there has been no research done on our community before. So, in 2020, I surveyed 82 LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and have since followed this up with 29 face-to-face interviews.

Some people may think Buddhism would be quite accepting of LGBTQIA+ people. There are, after all, no religious laws, commandments or punishments in Buddhism. My research indicates, however, this is not always true.

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