We must never forget that while the countries outside of Europe and Nothern America appear to be “behind” the rest of the world in LGBT equality, this is deceptive. It was the European missionaries and colonial authorities that introduced homophobia and criminal penalties for behaviour that is entirely natural and non – pathological. In recent times, it’s been some groups of Western evangelical Christians that have been inciting intolerance in Africa, and in Russia. But outside the three monotheistic religions, other world religions in their original forms were indifferent or supportive of sexual and gender diversity, and of the only eight countries that have never criminalized homosexuality, all are in Africa.
The Dalai Lama. head of Tibetan Buddhism, has endorsed this traditional Buddhist view that sexuality is a personal matter, and that in his view, gay marriage is “okay”, as long as it is mutually agreed by both parties concerned – but homophobia and bullying, are not.
The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhism, has said that he approves of gay sex, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In a sit down interview for “Larry King Now,” he says same-sex marriage is fine—it’s really bullying and homophobia that is morally wrong and against human rights, reported instinctmagazine.com.
The Dalai Lama is currently on a three-week visit to the United States where he gave his interview for the TV show “Larry King Now” in Los Angeles on February 26.
When asked about homosexuality in general and gay rights, the Dalai Lama responded: “That’s a personal matter. People who have a special tradition, you should follow according to your own tradition. … But non-believer, that’s up to them. Different form of sex? So long as it’s safe, okay! And fully agreed, okay! Bullied? Abused? That’s what is wrong. That’s a violation of human rights.”
When asked about same-sex marriage rights, the Dalai Lama said: “That’s up to the countries’ laws. It’s okay, I think individual business. If a couple really feels that way, practical, satisfaction … if both sides fully agree, then okay!”
The Dalai Lama is head and spiritual leader of the largest and most influential Buddhist tradition in Tibet. He is recognized as the world’s leading religious figures with influence far beyond his community. He belongs to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.