“Aquaman is especially cool,” says Momoa, “because, being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.”
I’m nb trans, and aporogender more specifically. Being fat and having big boobs in addition to dressing the way I want essentially means that I never pass in any situation. I have been told to just loose weight or bind so that some people will be more willing to respect my identity. I want my body to stay the way it is. Bodies don’t have gender identities, people do. Clothes don’t have gender identities, people do. My gender identity is valid regardless of what I look like or how I dress. Sorry, not sorry for being someone who takes more conscious effort to respect, the way I am and acknowledging that has been the defining thing that keeps me from ending my life.
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS:
white/white-passing trans folx: can we please share more tpoc and especially dark trans black women? Also let’s not fetishize them. Let’s not talk about how attractive they are to us. They don’t exist for us to have something beautiful to behold.
Nonfat trans folx: please represent fat trans folx. Not just cute fat or sporty fat. Like actually go through the tags and rep all fat trans folx.
Able bodied trans folx: let us represent any disabled/mobility challenged trans folx. They are fucking valid and rarely if ever get representation. Also let’s not talk about what inspirations they are. Their life struggles are not there to make you feel better.
Financially stable trans folx: We need to represent poor trans folx. Money gives us access to soooo much that can help alleviate some of our pain or at least make it somewhat easier to manage.
TLDR: trans folx, represent other trans folx that are marginalized in ways you aren’t. While trans representation is abysmal enough, trans folx who are white and thin and able bodied and have financial stability are the vast majority of the kind of representation our community does get. Let’s do better.
*I definitely didn’t mention all the different levels of marginalization or marginalized identities within the trans community. Feel free to add to this, correct any mistakes I have made, etc.
** for those trans folx who are not wanting or not able to participate, you are in my thoughts today. You are not alone.
***I will go through the tag as much as I can, but also feel free to submit or tag me in things to make sure I reblog them.
Public Service Announcement: Pineapples are not Hawaiian. They were introduced to Hawai'i by the Spanish. In fact, the Hawaiians who first saw the things referred to them as Hala kahiki because they looked like Hala but were foreign. Putting pineapple in something does not make it Hawaiian, doing so simply makes it pineapple flavored.
American author Jon D. Olsen talks a little about his new book Liberate Hawai'i! Renouncing and Defying the Continuing Fraudulent U.S. Claim to the Sovereignty of Hawai'i published by Goose River Press. In his book he rebuts the United States’ claim to Hawaiʻi with newly discovered documentation that is not known or taught to the broader public.
“All I ask is that people keep an open mind as I make my assertion - that the United States, to this very day, has no valid claim to the nation of Hawai'i. Due to false education, people have bought into this ‘whopper’ from the U.S. government, and to many, the notion that there might be contemporary Hawaiian resistance to the empire seems ridiculous. I urge readers to take a second look and challenge their own assumptions.” - Jon D. Olsen
Prince Kuhio (Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole), who arrived in this world on March 26,1871 is the youngest son of Kauai’s High Chief David Piikoi and Princess Kekaulike. Upon the death of his parents, Kuhio, along with his brothers Edward Keliiahonui and David Kawananakoa, were adopted by Queen Kapiolani and King Kalakaua. (Kekaulike was Kapiolani’s sister.) Prince Kuhio was highly educated, having attended St. Alban’s College (now Iolani School), Punahou School, St. Matthew’s Hall in San Mateo, California, and the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, Great Britain.
A staunch supporter of the monarchy, Kuhio joined a group of revolutionaries after the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and was convicted of treason by a military commission and imprisoned. He was released and pardoned on the same day that the Queen was released from Iolani Palace: September 6, 1895.
On October 8, 1896, Kuhio married Elizabeth Kahanu Kaauwai, the daughter of a Maui chief. They traveled around the world in 1899 with plans of settling in another country. However, the passage of the Organic Act by Congress in 1900 made Hawaii an incorporated territory of the U.S. This may have prompted Kuhio to return to the islands to advocate for Hawaiian rights. He joined the Republican Party and got elected as Hawaii’s delegate to Congress from 1903 to 1921, where his greatest achievement was the passage of the Rehabilitation Act, more commonly known today as the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act.
Prince Kuhio died of heart disease at his Waikiki home, Pualeilani, on January 7, 1922 at the young age of 50.