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Gender on the EdgeTransgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders$
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Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838829

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838829.001.0001

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Re-Visioning Family

Re-Visioning Family

Māhūwahine and Male-to-Female Transgender in Contemporary Hawai‘i

(p.135) Chapter 7 Re-Visioning Family
Gender on the Edge

Linda L. Ikeda

University of Hawai'i Press

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”.

Keywords:   transgender, Honolulu, Hawai'i, family, māhū, māhūwahine, placelessness, sexuality, genealogy

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