Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
[This article was written by a member of Trans Buddhists (US), and myself, Shaun Bartone. Originally published at TransBuddhists.org]
Trans Buddhists Urge Full Affirmation and Support for Trans/GNC Students: A Statement for Compassion and Justice
In schools across North America, transgender and gender-nonconforming students are under attack. At a time of uncertainty surrounding legislative protections for trans people, trans/GNC youth’s right to live openly, visibly, and happily without violence and censure is threatened at the very time when affirmation matters in their development.
Trans Buddhists take these commitments by the Buddha seriously, and we urge compassion and justice for trans/GNC youth in North America and all over the world.
Nothing less than full visibility, full affirmation, full equality, and full acceptance will do for our youth. This includes access to public accommodations that comport with youth’s expressed gender identity and freedom from hate speech, harassment, bullying, and violence.
We stand resolute in our embrace of a world that radiates boundless love. May blessings rise up and justice rain down as we join with allies across the world to protect trans youth!