Spirituality & LGBT Identity | New York

at NYU Bronfman Center

New York, NY
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Poet Gary Snyder once said, “Along the spiritual path, everything is relinquished, even the notion that ‘I’ exist. What meaning could ‘being a Jew’ possibly have along such a path?” Well, the same question might be asked about sexuality. Are there distinct queer spiritualities, and queer contributions to spirituality in general, or should sexuality and gender not really matter on the spiritual path? Might we even be getting caught in ‘identity’ and constructing yet another false self for ourselves? What might be the contributions/convergences between queer identity and the spiritual path of recognizing the constructed, contingent nature of all phenomena? When does sexuality/gender “matter”?