Hey everyone, a bit of a different post today! There is a place in Thailand I recently came across in my studies for art class. I found Thailand’s White Buddhist Temple, which was build in 1997 by Chalermchai Kositpipat. The artist is a very devout Buddhist but wants to re-see art for the modern world. Even before you enter the temple you’ll come across red skulls on traffic cones that emphasis a mystic feel. The temples website reads:
“Much of the temple’s messages refer to escaping desire, greed and passion and moving towards the sublime through Buddhist teachings. To reach the main temple hall, you cross a threshold guarded by demons and traverse a bridge over an ocean of ghostly hands reaching up from the cycle of death and rebirth. The temple building symbolizes the realm of the Buddha and rising to a state of nirvana.”
Here are some images of the temple that will make you want to book a ticket to Thailand asap!
Beginning in a classroom at Fresno State 25 years ago, Reel Pride is now the 6th oldest, and one of the largest, LGBT film festivals in the United States. The 25th festival begins on Wednesday, September 17, and runs through Sunday the 21st. 30 films will be screened at venues in Fresno’s historic Tower District. For information on films and times, visit the Reel Pride website.
Ben &Jerry’s has long been outspoken in their support for same-sex marriage, making donations to LGBT organizations and releasing ice creams flavors like the “Hubby Hubby” (US), “I Dough, I Dough” (Australia), and “EngageMint Party” (Ireland). Now they have given us another reason to buy a pint and shout “Lactose intolerance be damned!” by signing an Amicus Brief for the Supreme Court in favor of marriage equality.
Certainly, most of us have heard about the controversy regarding voter ID laws, growing like weeds, in many states around the country. Designed mainly by republicans, thru redistricting, to reduce the number of likely democratic voters. But, it did surprise me today when I discovered the possible impact it may have with our transgender community.
In 2012, rural Tulare County, California, saw a first. That was the year local LGBT activists set up a booth at the Tulare County Fair (and even won a first place ribbon and trophy!). Continuing that historic trend in this bright red section of otherwise blue California, a brand new group in the small city of Tulare secured space and set up a table at the 2014 Tulare County Fair. The Tulare LGBT Alliance is continuing the outreach to the wider community, and is joining other organizations in Tulare County to spread the word. Congratulations from Queerlandia to the Tulare LGBT Alliance!
A Detroit-area teacher, Barb Webb, teaching at Marian High School in suburban Bloomfield says she was fired from her post at a private Catholic all-girls high school after she and her lesbian partner announced they were expecting a child through non-traditional means, or as some would say, “outside the Catholic way.”
I’m a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance, so you can imagine how pleased I was when season 11’s top 4 (Valerie Rockey, Ricky Ubeda, Jessica Richens, and Zack Everhart Jr.) participated in a very moving, same sex dance routine. This routine went on the air during their Aug 27th showing. The four danced as same sex couples and choreographer, Travis Wall, wanted the dance to speak to the fight for marriage equality. You can watch the entire piece below.