efe-epaBy Gaspar Ruiz-Canela. Bangkok

Thai monk Shine Waradhammo is a maverick advocate for the legalization of abortion and openly supports the rights of the LGBT community, a stance that counters the prevalent opinion of the Southeast Asian country’s Buddhist majority.

Meeting with EFE at his quiet temple in northern Bangkok, the monk skillfully wrapped himself in a saffron robe and placed an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rainbow flag on a small Buddha statue. EFE-EPA