A Queer Expression

Diversity focused- Multiculturalism, fiercely independent, globalism, optimistic.

Tristen Cross

My name is Tristen Cross and I am a gay guy living in a “must be straight” life. I am forever and island guy that is curious to experience the city life. I love traveling to different places in the world. As well as going on as many adventures possible with my friends. My dream career is to become a flight attendant and explore the world. Eventually as my flight attendant career comes to an end I would like to run a hotel and give the amazing experiences I have gained to other tourist. I plan to stay in the tourism industry to express wonderful experiences to many different types of people.
Does culture bring you security/comfort/acceptance?

"The Hawaiian culture was made up of three different types of people; women, men, and mahu. Mahu Hawaiians are the ones that are interested in the same sex. Collectively Hawaiians were accepting of everyone. They did not judge mahu people as hard as some people do today."

How has race/ethnicity/financial status/religion/geography affected your coming out process and support structures.

"Coming out of the closet was a very tough thing for me to do. Mainly because my family believes that being gay is a sin. When you make a sin, god is not on your side. I kept telling myself that God loves each and every one of us no matter the outcome. Although my parents did not like the idea of me being gay, I told them that God created me for a reason. That reason being to leave a mark on this earth."

"As the world trembles in the wake of the American elections, it's time to follow and join the example of Hawaiians, and indigenous nations across time, to Stand Tall, Be Fearless and Steadfast, Paddle on in Our Pursuits of Justice, Until our Dignity and Independence is Restored!"




"I walk with my head held high!"
Being from Hawaii, how did the culture affect your coming out or transitioning?

"Hawaii is known as the Aloha state and coming from a community where volleyball is really well known it was fairly easy to be who I was meant to be (a more flamboyant gay). It's the volleyball community and the acceptance from them that helped me to be comfortable in my own skin and accept me for who I am."

Does the culture bring security, comfort, and acceptance?

"The culture does bring security, comfort & acceptance because Hawaii is such a small community, a lot of family's know or have heard of each other and are willing to stand up for each other."


Raesha Vierra

"Aloha my name is Raesha Vierra given name (Reynold Kalima) I love myself so much and I’m very loyal and very independent on what I do. I love everyone that can except me for me."
How do you identify (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer or Other)? Please explain.

"I identify myself as a transsexual in life. I feel like there shouldn’t be labels love is love and everyone is equal."

How have you found support either within your family or within your community? Please explain.

"I found support from a lot of my gay friends and they have thought to be true to myself. In my high school years I had no one in my life to support me. Till I got older in life."

What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome challenges or obstacles?

"The challenge I deal with everyday day is shaving my face every morning."

How has culture solidified their lifestyle if so what culture do you identify with, if more than one please explain?

"Dancing gives me life."

Does culture bring you security/comfort/acceptance?

"It gives me everything I need to survive in my life."

How has race/ethnicity/financial status/religion/geography affected your coming out process and support structures.

"When I was young It was hard to except myself when I move to Hilo because my Hilo family are Mormons."


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Transgender employee sues state for discrimination

This article describes the struggle in Hawaii on transgenderism and the use of a public restroom in the workplace. The transgender female in the article was given a designated restroom to use in an inconvenient location. After a history of discrimination she finally won a case against the State of Hawaii.



Rainbow Family 808 is a local, 50-1(c)3 not for profit support and resource organization. They assist and provide support to straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, transgender persons and those who search for who they are and where they belong. On their homepage there is a link (island resources) that provide a list of various support services for the LGBT community.


LGBT rights in Hawaii

Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in Hawaii alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBTQ equality in Hawaii and how you can get involved.
Complete statistic on LGBT rights in Hawaii

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