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Whales, worship and weird cabaret: The tropical island like Fiji that's Aussie
You wouldn't think it by the weekly fakaleiti​ (drag) show, but Tonga would be a far wilder place if hordes of missionaries had given it a big miss. They stamped out cannibalism, human sacrifice, promiscuity and tattoos.
Transgendered Tongan 'leitis' finding their way in the conservative country
She's not considered a cross-dresser, despite the dresses she wears. She's not gay, despite being attracted to other men. She's a "fakaleiti", a term that translates roughly into "like a lady".
NZ fa'afafine hope to challenge norms through dance
"It just so happens to be that we are all representing as fa'afafine, akava'ine, takatāpui, fakaleiti - all those words," explains Mario Faumui, the group's creative director. "That's the term, 'in the manner of a woman'.
Kiwis First to Officially Recognize Third Gender
Māori and Pacific gender and sexual identities such as whakawahine, tangata ira tane and takatāpui (Māori), fa'afafine (Samoan), fakaleiti (Tongan), akava'ine (Cook Islands), mahu (Hawaiian), vaka sa lewa lewa (Fijian), rae rae (Tahitian) and fiafifine ...
Pacific's 'third gender' tell stories through dance
The lead choreographer, Amanaki Prescott-Faletau, says fa'afafine and fakaleiti are traditionally called on to entertain - and they're using this to get their own messages across.

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