|Akkai Padmashali asked Barack Obama a question on LGBTQ rights at the town-hall in India.|
How do we change the world’s perception of what/who we are? President Obama at a town hall meeting in New Delhi, India was asked about LGBTQ rights in India by a transgender activist, Akkai Padmashali.
In India it is criminal to be transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual. The question was raised “How do I then raise my voice?”
President Obama response:
It begins with what you just did, which is to find your voice, and articulate your views, your experiences and tell your story. And that's true of any group that is marginalized, stigmatized.
Finding that voice and being able to tell a story so that the perceptions that somehow you are different are changed... people start recognizing their own experiences in you, they see your humanity. Once that voice is there, hopefully, others join you.
Thanks so much for posting this. We can only hope that India listens to and follows up on his words. How we miss the two of them!