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Faafafine are “glorious miracles” – Samoan PM

Samoa's Prime Minister has made a compelling and humorous statement in support of faafafine at the opening of a workshop being held on Government grounds.\n

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5th July 2011 11:47

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is the associate patron of the Faafafine Association of Samoa and spoke at the opening of its rights and health awareness workshop at a conference at Government Building.

"You are adamant that you are a special gender, that is why some of you have spent considerable money on special operations," he said, according Savali News reports.

"Every year you all look very different. Blonde hair, glossy lipstick sporting Gucci handbags and us men continue to be taken in by your looks. It is only your thick muscular curves, bulked up after years of playing rugby, that give you away," he continued.

"But it is not your will that you are the way you are. You are just another shining example of the glorious miracles and creations of our Lord.

"I applaud you on your charity work in our communities and may you continue to pursue it. I also applaud you on your pursuit of your human rights and I encourage you to be vocal on any issue that touches, encroaches on your rights. This also goes out to the faafatama (lesbian) community in our country.

"My only advice is. Be good citizens and stay home and look after your families. Don’t roam around at night," he joked.

President of the Samoa Faafafine Association Tootooalii Roger Stanley thanked the Prime Minister for his support and patronage throughout the years.