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The Truth About Me by A. Revathi
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Apr 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir, lgbtqi
Read from April 15 to 16, 2012

Although I've known of the existence of Aurobind/Hijra culture, this is the first memoir I've encountered translated into English (the original is in Tamil). All those interested in human rights, sexual, and gender minorities will find Revathi's story both familiar and moving. For me, it was also very educational, as Revathi describes Aurobind/Hijra cultural practices and their differences from place to place. The beginnings of Sangoma, included towards the end of the book, also point toward a tremendous resource and advocate for sexual & gender minorities. Throughout, Revathi relates her story with modesty, humility, frankness, and self-possession.

Sex work is discussed openly and frankly, but also as modestly as possible.

The descriptions of violence, including domestic violence and hate crimes, are graphic. Because of violence and hate related in the memoir, I recommend the text, if taken up with youth, be read with supportive adults and resources for care and counseling available.

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