Māhūwahine and Male-to-Female Transgender in Contemporary Hawai‘i
This chapter focuses on a particular network of transgender individuals in contemporary Honolulu, Hawai'i, as well as their construction of family and other communities of belonging. Drawing on narratives comprised of photographs taken by sixteen camera-wielding study participants in the city and county of Honolulu in the fall of 2007, the chapter considers how female-identified transgender re-envision community and family in Honolulu. All sixteen participants described themselves as māhū, māhūwahine, or female-identified transgender. The chapter shows that participants expressed a sense of placelessness, often as a result of hegemonic categorizations of their sexuality and the negativity triggered by their non-heteronormative identities. It also considers the ways in which participants engaged in practices that might be interpreted as creating a “genealogy”.
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