This article from Time magazine discusses the transgender bathroom debate from a unique perspective. To reveal what happens when gender lines are blurred, the article focuses on a group of people called the fa’afafine in Samoa. The fa’afafine are born “boys” (with male genitalia and sex chromosomes) and are not only acknowledged but also embraced as a third sex in Samoa. Jeffrey Kluger, the article’s author, notes that “nobody flipping cares” which bathroom the fa’afafine use.

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A group of fa’afafine people in Samoa. (Photo: The Culture Trip)

To learn more about fa’afafine people, visit the official website of the Society of Fa’afafine in America (SOFIA).

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