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[00:00:00] This recording was made up a second the Asia Pacific Outgames human rights conference held in Wellington, New Zealand in March 2011. [00:00:09] Hi, my name is Siobhan Ty and I'm a I'm from American Samoa. I'm delegate from American Samoa and I am presenting at the conference and one of the presenter and I'll be talking about my paper on polarity and fancy language color is the gay language from that originated from UK, but it's derived derived from the cans language in the 1600s Yeah, it's very interesting to know that there was there is a gay language which was documented by Papi Paul Baker. But what's more interesting to us from the Pacific especially from from Sam was that we've never talked but we adopt the same morphology of developing the song the sexual language. It's amazing it's amazing to find out how homosexuals of the world would come to have this language that is that has similarities and that's what my papers about can you give me some examples [00:01:16] of course, the word Dolly is applied polarity word and using it from the door you know appreciating the doll another mythology that is very common in both in both the UK Larry and the salmon for functional languages backslash slang so he calf and Araya are the flowery words for face and hair. And in sample, it's popular to speak our someone tongue backwards in the word man, which is thing and we say it, amen. So we, it was interesting to find doubt that this polarity languages has similarities to the female slang, which is for homosexuals of someone. The reason that I wanted to talk about this slang, it's because of its usage. In those days, Hillary was used as a coded language, a secret language to coat the words were coded to protect homosexuals in the military, protect them from the public, as you know that in the UK, before the 1960s, before they they had allowed homosexual homosexual acts in in UK, it was they were not allowed. And they would have to create this language to protect them and be the secret secretive of their sexuality as gays. for American Samoa, it was it was similar in the sense where we would use the language to disguise our conversations with with each other as we talk about our nights with men of status. That that that is status and culture and in [00:03:16] and culture and in policy politics. So [00:03:22] I don't know why we would have to go through the extent of having such a language to disguise our conversations and but to live in a in a world that you know, it's accepted. So that that's the point where I would like to point out when I do my presentation [00:03:45] is the language still use today for Mac [00:03:48] and Sam I guess. Now the students of elementary and high school I talking it even heterosexual people, I'm afraid that it might replace the the informal language of sama, I'm afraid of that. So this paper also serves as an awareness to to the new generation and the people that are coming by that are you know, people of American somewhat to understand that the origin of the of the Finnish language as well as its purpose, that way that they would not replace the someone in formal language or the casual language for pillory. I know that when in the 60s, they homosexuality was allowed, then the language started to dive down a little, although it is still used. You can Google polarity as MPO l A Ri and you will see its usage on on the YouTube because there was a radio program called around the horn and it was they were using that, that that was the language that they were using and around the horn in the UK. So it's Yeah, it's it's us and I think it its history for for the cake for the gay community, as well as for Phoenix. And it's it's it's it's in the language I would think as as it as an heirloom that we have to keep and to pass on. [00:05:18] Generally speaking, what are the rights like now and with American Samoa for a fuck up in a [00:05:26] American Sam was under the United States flag. And you know, when you are a territory of the United States, it comes with freedom and equality, but that we cannot rule out the fact that we are from the Pacific. And American Samoa is only territory of the United States and Polynesia. And, and we identify with our sisters from the independent Sam Moore and all the the and all the hardship of life as a fini that they see it although that we're from from Arkansas, and it's a territory of the United States, but we always we also see mistreatment. mockery, we see that in in in American Samoa, even though that it's a territory of the United States. This things are visible for us in American Samoa. And we have to, we have to treat it in in some in some respect to secure ourselves and maintain our protection [00:06:43] of the support groups of networks. [00:06:47] Yes, we have the Association for 15 association called Sofia's that's an acronym from society of female in American Samoa and using acronym with names is another morphology in gay language a lot. They said a lot and this organization, we work very closely with home with home of the elderly, convalescent homes with the Red Cross, we do a lot of donations to Red Cross to home of the elderly. In American Samoa as well as my co founder Lily in independent Sam Moore, there is networking between two associations. So fears and sofa which is someone for Fini Association, is networking in government issues that pertaining to education because this is the field where most of our females are in as well as issues that pertains to us as for females. [00:07:54] If we're looking at here 30 years and somebody's listening to this in 30 years time is something that you would say to them. [00:08:01] I would like to tell them that female is an identity. And I would like for them to know their identity as they would know their heart because in that you would know your place in your family, in your government, in your island and in the world.

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