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Transgender Day of Visibility: Leitis in Waiting Documentary Discussion


Wednesday, March 31, 2021



Transgender Day of Visibility: Leitis in Waiting Documentary Discussion

In recognition of Transgender Day of Visibility, the LGBTA Club invites you to a viewing and discussion of the documentary Leitis in Waiting (Qwaves LLC, 2018).

Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom. The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis' lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joey's emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are. (

1. View the documentary anytime *

View the documentary anytime before the discussion then join us for discussion on March 31.

* Access to the documentary will require you to log in with your Hawkeye credentials. If you are having difficulties accessing the documentary, please email Megan Blackford or call extension 1231.

2. Join us for discussion via Zoom


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