It is difficult for me as a researcher to propose a singular term with which to 'label' this group as a whole, as some of the participants are comfortable using the term 'transgender' to describe themselves, while others prefer 'queen' or ' mahu. In pre-contact Hawai'i, this word did not have the negative connotations it has today. Some of the people I spoke with who are of part-Hawaiian descent and knowledgeable about pre-contact Hawaiian culture have decided to identify themselves as mahu in order to re-establish a link to a Hawaiian past in which they believe people like themselves did not face the discrimination so often found in present-day Hawai'i.
As part of a series of editorials about transgender experiences, we are featuring personal stories that reflect the strength, diversity and challenges of the community. Welcome to this evolving collection. My teachers were no help, even at Kamehameha Schools, an institution founded by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop to educate young Hawaiians.
The Trump administration wants to redefine the word sex, at least in terms of the Affordable Care Act and who gets protected from discrimination. Thanks for being here, Selena. We're talking specifically about transgender people - right?
This list of terms is not meant to be exhaustive. Because of the way language works, particularly around these concepts, it is important to note that many of these terms continue to evolve and shift depending on the global context. This list was compiled from the key terms and concepts we use in our Learning and Development offerings.
Taualuga: The Last Dance. Photo by Lukas Davidson. These terms do not always have direct equivalencies with English terms.
In traditional, Western culture, gender identity is often considered a binary concept: You are either male or you are female. This restrictive and defining construct makes it difficult for our society to understand people like Bruce Jenner, who recently came out as transgenderbecause they don't always fit neatly into a box. While some transgender people move from one end of the gender spectrum to the other when they transition, other transgender people exist somewhere in between, embracing both genders, neither genders or a multiplicity of genders.
In the evolving landscape of workplace diversity, the rights of transgender people are increasingly in the national spotlight. As protections evolve, employers of all sizes are responsible for staying informed and understanding how best to work with transgender employees. This article explores the legal and human resources issues that employers may encounter with transgender employees and offers actionable advice as it relates to transgender equality, including:.
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Fa'afafine are people who identify themselves as having a third-gender or non-binary role in SamoaAmerican Samoa and the Samoan diaspora. Their behaviour typically ranges from extravagantly feminine to conventionally masculine. A prominent Western theory, among the many anthropological theories about Samoans, was that if a family had more boys than girls or not enough girls to help with women's duties about the house, male children would be chosen to be raised as fa'afafine ;  although this theory has been refuted by studies.
Homosexual, of either sex; hermaphrodite. This led to homosexual, bisexual, and gender nonconforming individuals being mislabeled as "hermaphrodites" in the medical literature. Missionaries to Hawai'i introduced biblical laws to the islands in the s; under their influence Hawai'i's first anti-sodomy law was passed in