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Tongan transgender activist Joey Joleen Mataele

She’s been the face of Tonga’s Leiti community for the last 25 years, and now her story is featuring in a documentary showing in Auckland this weekend. Joey Joleen Mataele says it’s been an amazing journey, but not without its traumatic moments. Soana K-Aholelei sat down with the courageous transgender activist.

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