Archive for the 'spirituality' Category

10 books that helped shape my life

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, music, Religion, spirituality

10 books that helped shape my life I’ve had two different friends ask me to post to Facebook a list of 10 books that have ‘stayed with me over the years.’ So for those friends, here’s my list: 1) The King James Bible 2) Dream Power (Ann Faraday) 3) Walden (Henry David Thoreau) 4) The [...]

Gaza mourns in angst & pain

Sunday, July 20th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Israel/Palestine, music, Politics, Religion, spirituality

  The unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military this week brought to mind a hymn whose text was written by Johann Heermann in 1636, “Zion klagt mit Angst und Schmerzen” (Zion mourns with anxiety and pain); all one needs to do is substitute ‘Gaza’ for ‘Zion’ and the hymn could be sung [...]

Gauguin: exoticization, primitivism & paganism

Monday, June 9th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, history, Religion, spirituality

“‘Gauguin: Metamorphoses,’ which opens on Friday at MoMA in New York, recasts the artist as an altogether darker figure, closer to Edvard Munch and the dark pre-Freudians of Northern Europe than the post-impressionist confraternity of Van Gogh, Seurat and Cézanne,” Jason Farago wrote in his review (“Gauguin: Metamorphoses review – ‘Forceful, disturbing, obscene’,” Guardian, 6 [...]

Pauline Park testimony on transgendered APIs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: health care, history, LGBT, queer API, Religion, spirituality, Transgender Health, Transgender Rights

ISSUES OF TRANSGENDERED ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS By Pauline Park, co-founder, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy and John Manzon-Santos, Executive Director, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Testimony submitted to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Transgendered and gender-variant people are among the most invisible and marginalized of [...]

Israel, Hobby Lobby, Transgender & the Family Research Council

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: Israel/Palestine, LGBT, Religion, spirituality, Transgender Rights

Israel, Hobby Lobby, transgender & the Family Research Council  I was fascinated to see the most recent ‘prayer targets’ message from the Family Research Council. FRC “bills itself as ‘the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,’ but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false [...]

Völuspá

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, Religion, spirituality

Völuspá Given the geologically active terrain of Iceland, it’s probably no surprise that the Vikings who settled there would produce such vivid creation myths and other legends. Who could forget the eruption of Eyafjallajökull in 2010? “Völuspá” is the first and most celebrated of all the poems in what has come to be known as [...]

Transgender Identities & Spiritual Traditions in Asia & the Pacific: Lessons for LGBT/Queer APIs (Pacific School of Religion, 4.2.13)

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 one Commented
Categorized Under: LGBT, queer API, Religion, spirituality

Transgender Identities & Spiritual Traditions in Asia & the Pacific: Lessons for LGBT/Queer APIs by Pauline Park presentation at the Pacific School of Religion Chapel Berkeley 2 April 2013  I’d like to begin by thanking Jess Delegencia of the API Roundtable for inviting me to speak here at the Pacific School of Religion; I am [...]

Trans Feminism: Speaking My Truth to Power

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 No Commented
Categorized Under: Israel/Palestine, LGBT, Politics, Religion, spirituality, Transgender Rights

Transfeminism Speaking My Truth to Power by Pauline Park Is there a ‘trans feminism’? And if so, what is it? Given that feminism itself is such a charged subject and transgender identity is a contested domain, that question is a productive one even if one not easy to answer. It was in graduate school (1988-94) [...]

Paul Klee on intuition in art

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, Religion, spirituality

Klee’s “Insula Dulcamara” (1938) Paul Klee on intuition in art According to Paul Klee, the technique of the brush stroke is a great deal, but the crucial factor in painting is intuition. “We construct and construct,” Klee wrote in a Bauhaus prospectus, “and yet intuition is still a good thing. A considerable amount can be [...]

Reclaiming Our Spiritual Legacy as Transgendered People

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, New York City, queer API, Religion, spirituality

Saami shaman working (1674) Reclaiming Our Spiritual Legacy as Transgendered People By Pauline Park 18 June 2000 I was asked to speak on spirituality and the transgender community. It seems to me that the connection is an intimate one, far closer than we may realize. For we as transgendered and gender-variant people lie at the [...]

From Brokeback Mountain to Walden Pond: Thoreau & the Authentic Life

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, nature, spirituality

Henry David Thoreau might well have been thinking of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist when he wrote that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” While Thoreau’s “Walden” long predates Annie Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain” short story and the Ang Lee film based on it, the transcendentalist philosopher’s magnum opus remains as relevant [...]

Al-Fatiha and the First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: arts and culture, LGBT, New York City, Politics, queer API, Religion, spirituality, Transgender Rights

Isfahan: Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque First North American LGBTQ Muslim Conference Held in New York By Pauline Park Lesbian & Gay New York (LGNY) 3 June 1999 Think “Islam and homosexuality.” The mind immediately conjures up images of a gay man in Iran being stoned to death by an angry mob while an imam fulminates against the abomination of men [...]