Gay Dictionary Tongan
How to say gay in Tongan
Below are the words of our Tongan Gay Dictionary that we will expand in new editions. If you know any more, please, contact us. But first some information about the language and where it is spoken.
Tongan is a language belonging to the Austronesian family and is the official language of the Kingdom of Tonga, formed by 177 islands, with about 100,000 speakers.
The situation of the LGBT community in Tonga is quite peculiar and, in the end, perverse. Anal intercourse between men is prohibited and punished with a penalty of up to 10 years, however the reality is totally different. To begin with, it must be said that transgender women, called fakaleiti, are very popular and every year a fakaleitis contest is held, the Miss Galaxy Pageant, sponsored, paradoxically, by the government and local companies.
The perverse part of the case is that when a boy realizes that he likes boys and is a little effeminate, more or less with the approval of family and friends, he dresses as a woman and becomes a fakaleiti, thus, with the stroke of the pen. What in the West would be a feminine gay boy in Tonga becomes a transgender woman. These fakaleiti acquire woman roles and aspire to be courted and to have a relationship with masculine men. In short, since they are deeply Christian, sodomy is forbidden and no one should know that a man is homosexual, gays become women.
A similar phenomenon is the case of the Tom girls from Thailand, who switch to ultramasculine gender to be able to have relationships with ultra-feminine women. For more details on the Tomboy girls you can consult the Tomboy post of the Stereotypes collection and the post Tomboy and gender expression, of our blog.