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Artist and fashion designer, Lindah Lepou was incredibly courageous when she complained to the Human Rights Commission after her forced removal from handing out the Award for Best Male Performer at the first Pacific Music Awards in 2005.
For Lepou, the opportunity to present the Award was not only a personal honour but also a recognition – to have it taken away hurt all fa’afafine and transgender people. “It is important for fa’afafine and transgender people to realise that, if they are discriminated against, they can complain to the Human Rights Commission. It’s also important for those who might be tempted to discriminate to know that we won’t accept it.”
Watch this excerpt from One News that covers the incident.
Watch Inspiring Islander: Lindah Lepou on The Coconet.
Image: Screengrab from One News, courtesy of TVNZ.
Catalogue Reference TZP301093
Reporter: Barbara Dreaver