I am often appalled by the judgment I see even within similar communities. I hear over and over again from the women I work with that even when they have gone through other domestic violence or addiction facilities they are judged and ostracized. There is an attitude of, “well at least I didn’t do that,” meaning sell their body for drugs or money. They are once again left feeling ashamed and not accepted.
I recently met with a transgendered woman who told me that there is even exclusion and hostility within the transgendered community between those that are pre-op and those that are post-op. Pre-op refers to those who still have the genitalia they were born with and post-op referring to those that have already undergone the reassignment surgery to change genitalia.
I believe it is this very hate that drives the entire sex industry. Hatred is driven so deeply into people and cultures that it produces a fear of anything that is different from us. It is also what enables us to justify our own actions and then size ourselves up on a scale that says “I am better than you”. The comparison, power, control and manipulation continue to destroy and drive us deeper and deeper into our own self-hate.
I encourage you today to love someone who is different than you, to pray for them and truly seek to find the good inside of everyone you meet.