9 Jul 2018

Short story writer shines a light on Pacific LGBTQIA community

From , 5:01 am on 9 July 2018

The Pacific regional winner of the Commonwealth short story competition hopes to encourage more acceptance and love for the transgender community.

Samoa human rights advocate, Jenny Bennett-Tuioneota says her story, titled Matalasi, is about a young transgender man who is preparing to be married as a female bride.

She says her inspiration came from a dream she had, and hopes the writing will raise more awareness of LGBTQIA issues in the region.

Jenny Bennett-Tuioneota told Yumi Tala'ave it is important to inform international audiences that more legal protections and tolerance for them is needed in the Pacific.