Buddhism and LGBTQ Issues
In this forum we are focused on engaged Buddhism - discussions of doctrine are more appropriate in one of our sister forums Dhamma Wheel or Dharma Wheel. However, This may be relevant since we are trying to balance Buddhist teaching on identity formation (sakkāya-diṭṭhi/satkāya dṛṣṭi) and the fact that there is something to engage with (we impermanent collections of aggregates). I believe the key is to not hold onto the view that the aggregates form a permanent self; however, I defer to our resident scholars. This topic may be beyond the scope of this forum, but for now we can see where it goes. If you think of a more appropriate title, please PM me. ~DS
As I see it, its completely beside the point. The Dhamma is independent of one's LGBT or Q status.
Central to LGBTQ issues are questions of identity. Self identity, and what follows from it. Self identity is sakkāya-diṭṭhi, which is to be abandoned. Mistaking form, feeling, perception, fabrications, or consciousness for one's self is Wrong View. One's identity as American, male, black, upper-middle-class, lesbian, pork-futures trader, good husband, etc, etc, etc, is all Wrong View.
DN22 wrote:And what is right view? Knowledge with regard to stress, knowledge with regard to the origination of stress, knowledge with regard to the cessation of stress, knowledge with regard to the way of practice leading to the cessation of stress: This is called right view.