Maybe I shouldn’t write this story. I mulled over that thought for weeks. After all, how could I write about the Westboro Baptist Church, “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America,” without giving them the attention they thrive off? What could I add to more than a decade of reporting on their hateful and vulgar anti-LGBTQ crusade? What point … [Read more...] about Love Wins: What happened when the Westboro Baptist Church came to Maui
When I first started learning about this year’s Maui Pride Festival, I was a bit confused about the festivities’ who’s who. For many years, the Pride Festival was organized by Maui Pride, but when the organization became the Maui Equality Coalition last spring, it transitioned to focus on education, prevention, advocacy, collaboration, and community support for Maui’s LGBTQ+ … [Read more...] about Aloha Maui Pride: A celebration of diversity and inclusivity
When foreigners came to Hawai‘i, they found practices and beliefs that disagreed with their world view. The dissonance created by the Westerners’ rigid assumptions and sense of righteousness was a problem, missionaries thought, that could be solved through conversion. So began the process of colonization: the imposition of Western culture on native people, establishment of … [Read more...] about Hawai‘i’s transgender youth experience significant health and social inequity, Department of Health reports
1. On Oct. 11, Southwest Airlines announced that they would start service to Hawaii sometime in 2018. They delivered that announcement on Twitter by responding to a nine-year-old tweet from which Maui resident? A. Brendan Smith (@ReqB) B. David Raatz (@Raatz) C. Sarah Loney Mark (@Mauisadie) D. Amanda (@gfreemaui) E. Chickonmaui (@Chickonmaui) 2. On Oct. 13, Pacific … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: Do you know how Southwest Airlines announced they’re coming to Hawaii?
By Danielle M. Bergan When MauiTime asked me to write an article on trans-rights and transphobia, it sent thoughts racing through my head at light speed. There’s so much happening in and to our Trans community in the summer of 2017 and most of it is a clear and present danger to who we are not just as citizens, but as human beings. Backtracking a bit, when I began my … [Read more...] about What it’s like to be transgender in America, and on Maui, in 2017