In Papua New Guinea, the Gelegele tend to take traditionally female roles in society.They do the cooking, wash clothes and participate on the women's side in cultural rituals and traditional festivals.Homosexuality is illegal in Papua New Guinea, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, but actual prosecutions are not common, and the laws are rarely enforced.Instead, it is the hate crimes, violence and discrimination incited by the law that puts gay and transgender Papua New Guineans at risk. Members of the Raskol gang ‘Dirty Dons 585’, in the 9 Mile Settlement, Port Moresby.
This is like campaigning for a Free West Papua and then inviting the President of Indonesia to 'buy' the country's vote about Papua's MSG inclusion.
Elsewhere the purse seiners get away with shrinking the size of their netting so they end up vacuuming up all kinds of bycatch.
PNG talks about fighting this, but it has done very little.
One of the Gelegele featured in Vlad's documentary film Guavas and Bananas: Living Gay in PNG, is Haraga, known to locals as 'Speedy'.
Speedy has lived in Hanubada village for 22 years, moving there at the age of 15.