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~~MY (THEY/THEIR) TRANS STORY~

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.

[Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada] argues that ‘any time Hawaiians—or any other native people, for that matter—come out in force to push for more respect for our culture and language or to protect our places from this kind of destruction, we are dismissed as relics of the past, unable to hack it in the modern world with our antiquated traditions and practices.
—  David Malie, Science, Time, and Mauna a Wākea: The Thirty-Meter Telescope’s Capitalist-Colonialist Violence, Part II
Many people use the terms Hawaiian and Kanaka Maoli incorrectly. They are NOT interchangeable.

Hawaiian - A nationality/citizenship. 
A Hawaiian is someone (of any ethnicity or race) whose loyalty and allegiance is to Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Kanaka/Kanaka Maoli - An ethnicity/race
A Kanaka Maoli is a descendant of the Polynesian navigators that settled the Hawaiian Islands.

What’s difficult about being from Hawaii is that everyone has a postcard view of your home. Hawaii lives vividly in people’s minds as nothing more than a weeklong vacation – a space of escape, fantasy and paradise. But Hawaii is much more than a tropical destination or a pretty movie backdrop — just as Aloha is way more than a greeting.

The ongoing appropriation and commercialization of all things Hawaiian only makes it clearer as to why it is inappropriate for those with no ties to Hawaii, its language, culture and people to invoke the Hawaiian language. This is uniquely true for aloha – a term that has been bastardized and diminished with its continual use.

Most who invoke the term aloha do not know its true meaning. Aloha actually comes from two Hawaiian words: Alo – which means the front of a person, the part of our bodies that we share and take in people. And Ha, which is our breath. When we are in each other’s presence with the front of our bodies, we are exchanging the breath of life. That’s Aloha.

—  Janet Mock

Thanjavur Santhanakrishna Kanaka

(born 1932) Neurosurgeon

T. S. Kanaka was Asia’s first female neurosurgeon. She is the first neurosurgeon in India to perform chronic electrode implants in the brain—having performed deep brain stimulation as early as in 1975. Kanaka served in the Indian Army as a commissioned officer, as professor at multiple medical colleges, and she set a world record for greatest number of blood donations (which has since been broken). She retired in 1990, but continues to act as a surgical consultant.

Number 220 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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First up.. Auntie Pua Kanahele 

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PAʻI Foundation presents “How the Demigod Maui Taught Trees to Fly,” performed by Moses Goods at the historic Hawaii Theatre in May of 2015. 

Moses Goods (FB Comment): Ok, I’ll try to make this brief. In a few days Disney will release the movie “Moana” which will feature the akua (god/ancestor) Maui as a heroic character. Some are excited about this, others are furious that Disney would have the audacity to “take” our stories and force them to fit into their fairytale formula. Here are my thoughts: Disney is incapable of “taking” any of our stories…unless of course we cease to tell them ourselves. We know the stories of our kūpuna. Let’s dance those stories! Let’s enjoy telling those stories to our children! Let’s glean every scrap of knowledge and wisdom from those stories then discuss and debate them among ourselves!Is Disney about to make a “shit-load” of money off of our stories? Yes they are. And why? Because our stories are “frickin” amazing! Disney knows this and so should we.I may or may not go see this movie (Cultural appropriation aside, it really doesn’t look that good to me. But that’s just my opinion.) Whether I see the movie or not though, I know one thing is certain, Disney can tell these stories anyway they want, but we can tell them so much better.