Transsexuals hailed by Samoan PM

Last updated 08:26 05/07/2011

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Samoa's transsexuals are an example of the glorious miracles of God, Samoan Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sailele claims.

In Samoa transsexuals are known as fa'afafine – "acting in the way of a woman" or "50/50" – and are such a routine part of the culture that the prime minister is patron of their association.

"You are adamant that you are a special gender," he told the association according to the government newspaper Savali.

"That is why some of you have spent considerable money on special operations.

"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 calves, bulked up after years of playing rugby that gives you away."

"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."

Tuila'epa said he applauded fa'afafine for their charity work and pursuit of human rights for their own community and that of the lesbian community.

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

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