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This Happened- March 6: "Migrant Mother" By Dorothea Lange

The iconic photograph, now referred to as “Migrant Mother” was taken by American photographer and photojournalist Dorothea Lange during the Great Depression in 1936.

Who is the subject of the “Migrant Mother” photograph?

The subject of the photograph is Florence Owens Thompson, a migrant agricultural worker and mother of seven children. The photo was taken at a migrant labor camp in Nipomo, California.

What is the significance of the "Migrant Mother" photograph?

The photograph has become the single most iconic image of the Great Depression and the struggles of the working class during that time period. It has been widely reproduced and is considered one of the most powerful images in the history of documentary photography.

Why did Lange take the “Migrant Mother” photograph?

Lange was working for the Resettlement Administration, a government agency tasked with helping farmers affected by the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. She took the photograph as part of a larger series documenting the living conditions of migrant workers and the effects of the Great Depression on their lives. Her goal was to bring attention to the plight of these workers and to advocate for government assistance for them.

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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.

Photo of a Buddhist monk in a Cambodia temple, walking away from the camera

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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