This week I’m sharing an amazingly open and honest conversation I had with a wonderful human that I’m privileged to call my friend, Li’olemāsina Lubanski.
Li’o is a trans, non binary, queer Samoan in diaspora in Turtle Island (known colonially as the US. Occupying O’odham, Akimel O’odham (Upper Pima), & Hohokam lands (known colonially as Arizona)
They are first-generation born in the US to a Samoan immigrant mom from Mālie, Samoa and white-American dad from Illinois.
After many years of body-image issues from being teased about their weight, Li’o initially set out to move their body as a way to appease others that uphold an unattainable beauty standard.
Even throughout their journey in realising they are queer and non-binary, they would move their body to try and attain the commonly-represented body type of white AFAB non binary folks.
Now, they move for much more ancient, grounded reasons.