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Joleen Mataele brings her experience to Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture - University of Western Australia

The Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is held in Perth each year on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT). This year the lecture will be given by Tongan transgender woman Jolene Mataele. Mataele has recently featured in the documentary Leitis In Waiting, a film that follows a group of transgender women fighting for their place in the island kingdom.

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A Surprising and Thought-Provoking Documentary - Gay Essential

"A story that comes, quite literally, from one of the farthest corners of the globe, 'Leitis in Waiting' is a surprising and thought-provoking documentary from co-directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. While the threats of the evangelical community’s polarizing views have put the Leiti at risk of harm, this film is by no means designed to insight anger or fear. Rather, the filmmakers skillfully maintain a steady hand in weaving together multiple perspectives on the importance of modern-day Leiti in Tongan society, with just the right amount of delightful humour included for good measure."

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Leitis in Waiting Impact Campaign Highlighted in ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia

Wellington, 20 March 2019 - On 20 March, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) launched the 13th edition of its flagship publication, State-Sponsored Homophobia, authored by Lucas Ramón Mendos.

This publication compiles data on laws that affect people on the basis of their sexual orientation - a fundamental resource for researchers, civil society organisations, governments and the general public. They are a powerful tool in the struggle for a more just and inclusive society. Download full report HERE.

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The LGBTQ Documentaries You Need to See This Year Around the World - Huck Magazine

As the BFI Flare London Film Fest gears up for its launch, festival programmer Zorian Clayton highlights the best documentaries from the 2019 programme. “The Leitis, like in many parts of the Pacific Islands and across Asia, have a historic third gender – one that occupies a space close to trans and non-binary identities. Because it’s an island that largely avoided colonisation, they managed to retain a more inclusive understanding of gender. Homophobia and transphobia are being brought to these Polynesian islands now with the arrival of western culture, and people who have been accepted for many, many centuries are under threat. It’s a unique insight into how precarious these traditions can be, but it also offers a potential look at how our thinking about gender could change for the better.”

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"A Fearless Film for the Mardi Gras Film Fest" - Sydney Arts Guide

Since Nanook was captured on film fishing through a hole in the Northern ice, the documentary form has brought millions of other lives into our own.  In a stunning choice by Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, Tonga’s Leitis community will warm your heart, give you hope and inspire you to be Fearless. Leitis in Waiting is an emotional and motivating feature documentary about the transgender community of the Kingdom of Tonga.

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Film about Tonga's Transgender population premieres at Hawaii International Film Festival - KITV

The latest film from Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, who brought the similarly themed KUMU HINA to HIFF in 2014, brings another fiercely outspoken advocate into the limelight, as Joey defends the rights of the leitis and all LGBTQ Tongans by encouraging direct dialogue with their vitriolic opposition. It is a true portrait of pride and poise in an island paradise tainted by the tendrils of western cultural colonialism. - KITV

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"Film Hopes To Change Mindset About LGBTI People" - Fiji Sun

A feature documentary being screened in Suva hopes to change the mindset of the public about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) commu­nity.

Titled ‘Leitis in Waiting’ by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson and Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu, the 71-minute film premiered at Village 6 Cinemas on Tuesday.

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