Samoan, Kiwi, born and raised in South Auckland, Dr. Patrick Thomsen gained a PhD from the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. He holds the matai or chiefly title of Seutaafili from the village of Tauese in Samoa. Patrick researches human rights discourse, social norms and its effects on transnational sexual minorities across the Asia Pacific.
Wallabies player Israel Folau has been fired for a social media post in which he claimed 'homosexuals' and others would go to hell. For Patrick Thomsen, a gay Pasifika man, it's not necessarily something to celebrate.
Pacific nations have been upbraided for failing to make advances on LGBTI rights. But too many overlook the impact of colonisation, the strangehold of the church and different conceptions of gender identity, writes Patrick Thomsen