Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) Biography
None Found to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
"Since heterosexual signaling responses are known from all animal studies to be biologically based, it is only reasonable to conclude that exclusive and persistent same-sex attraction in humans is also biologically based. This link between biology and behavior, in fact, can be observed in general human studies of social or sex signaling and response."
Organizations/VIPs/Other Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"[The] Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association [is] an international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender."
GALVA web site (accessed Sep. 9, 2006)
"To inform and educate all people about the Vedic concept of a natural third sex or gender known as 'tritiya-prakriti.'
To inspire and encourage people of this third gender (i.e. gay males, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, the intersexed, etc.) to study, follow and embrace the Gaudiya-vaishnava teachings of Lord Caitanya as enunciated by the six Goswamis.
To promote the spirit and practice of all-inclusiveness within each and every Gaudiya-vaishnava mission, so that all people are genuinely welcome to visit, participate in, and join Lord Caitanya’s movement regardless of sex, gender, race, class, position, etc.
To open up dialog and improve relations between third-gender Vaishnavas and their heterosexual peers, and to identify and correct any instances of discrimination or unfair treatment towards the former within any Gaudiya-vaishnava mission.
To encourage and provide communication, contact, support, association, friendship, fellowship, etc. among third-gender Vaishnavas.
To spread and to share Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement with everyone, and especially in regard to other third-gender communities, through the public chanting of 'Hare Krishna,' distributing literature, books and prasadam (sanctified foodstuffs), establishing centers, temples, etc.
To offer practical guidance and help concerning celibacy, householder life and its third-gender equivalent, physical and mental health, and other issues relevant to the gay, lesbian and third-gender devotee community."