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American religious evangelicals aren’t the only ones who need to learn to respect LGBT people and sex workers. Progressive activists do too, says Meena Seshu, the founder and secretary-general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram.
“I was trained as a social worker,” Seshu said. “And you know social workers — we guide communities. That’s our job. So I was all ready to go and start working with this community and guide them. Can you imagine my surprise when the community resisted it totally and said you have no knowledge about sex work, you have no understanding of what it means to be a sex worker? What do you mean by saying you want to guide us?
“And, whoa, I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I agree. I know nothing. Can you please teach me?’ “
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