Friday, May 1, 2009

Gay Monks a Little too Swishy

I may not learn something new every day, but today is definitely one of those days. Did you know Thailand is full of trannies? I didn’t. And did you also know many of those trannies enter into Buddhist monkhood? You do now. Apparently, some Buddhists think the huge numbers of transgender and flamboyantly gay Thai monks are tarnishing the reputation of their open and accepting religion. So senior monk Phra Maha Wudhijaya Vajiramedhi is issuing new rules of etiquette to curb the enthusiasm. How flamboyant can these monks possibly be, you ask? Well, apparently many of them wear tight, revealing robes, pluck their eyebrows into pretty arches, and carry pink purses. How could this possibly be a violation of Buddhist teachings, you ask? Well, it isn’t really. Funny how these rules written to protect Buddhism’s reputation sort of tarnish its reputation for tolerance. More details here.

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