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Join AddRan Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies for a documentary screening of A Monk Wears Heels and receive a FREE copy of his inspiring book on self-acceptance.


Kodo Nishimura will make a cameo visit in a special way to our screening.

This exceptional event is open to all TCU and DFW communities!


                                                          Who is Kodo Nishimura?


Named a Next Generation Leader by Time Magazine, Kodo Nishimura is a Buddhist monk based in Tokyo, LGBTQIA+ activist, and celebrity makeup artist for Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty queens. Educated at New York's prestigious Parsons School of Design, Nishimura has appeared on Queer Eye and is the author of the acclaimed memoir This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are, a moving story of self-love and positivity with modern perspectives into Buddhist teachings. Nishimura shares his journey of sexuality, body affirmation, and healing, reshaping the traditional paradigms of Buddhism.


Dr. Mark Dennis (Religion) and Dr. Ben Hiramatsu Ireland (Modern Language Studies) will introduce the documentary with brief remarks about queer(ing) Buddhism and LGBTQIA+ movements in Japan.


Contact Asian Studies Director Dr. Ireland for details (


Books given to audience members who stay throughout the event and while supplies last.


                                   Event sponsored by Asian Studies and WGST. 

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