Seuta’afili Dr. Patrick Thomsen

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.

Apr 16, 2019

Goodbye Israel Folau – I'm sad it had to end this way

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.

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Oct 26, 2016

‘Hobgoblin’ logic on Pacific gay rights has distinctly Western roots

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

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