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Cross-dressing soccer star seeks international acceptance
Life Site news ^ | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 06/20/2014 4:47:21 AM PDT by Morgana

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- With the 2014 World Cup now in full swing, billions of eyes are on the soccer field, and will be until the final game July 13.

Two of those eyes belong to Johnny Saelua, 25, a full-time male-to-female cross-dresser who now goes by the name Jaiyah and has played for the American Samoa men’s team since the age of 14.

"I didn't know the significance it had on the world because in Polynesian culture it's not that big of an issue."

In most of the world, Saelua would be considered “transgender.” He began dressing as a female in his teen years – a practice Samoans call “fa'afafine,” meaning "in the manner of [a] woman." Polynesian culture largely treats the “fa’afafine” as a third sex – neither fully male nor fully female. Because sex change procedures are not generally available in American Samoa, practitioners usually retain their male physiology while assuming the societal role of a female.

Saeula says he never thought much of his effeminate dress and behavior until he began playing international soccer. Because he is biologically male, he always played on men’s teams, and quickly gained a reputation for his hard tackles and rough play. He was surprised to learn in 2011 that he was the first full-time transvestite to play soccer for an international team.

"I didn't know the significance it had on the world because in Polynesian culture it's not that big of an issue,” Saeula told the AFP. “I assumed that a lot more trans-people in the Pacific region were playing international football. I haven't met any in my career but I was so sure that there has been [some] before me."

Although Saeula’s Samoan teammates were generally accepting of his effeminate looks and behavior, he encountered resistance when he tried out for the men’s soccer team at the University of Hawaii, where he is studying dance.

"At the warm-up for the try-outs the coach pulled me aside and said that he didn't want to put his team in an uncomfortable position,” Saeula told the AFP, “and I knew that was my cue to leave. So I only spent 10 minutes during the warm-up and I didn't even get to show how good a player I was." Afterwards, he told Vice News, “I cried my eyes out.”

Since he wasn’t going to be able to play soccer for the men’s team, and he was in Hawaii, where sex-change procedures are readily available, he decided to begin “transitioning” in preparation for sex-change surgery. In 2011, the 6’1” defender began taking female hormones to make himself look and sound more feminine.

But the next time he went home for break, he was offered his old spot on the international tournament team. The team had a new coach, and for the first time, a slim hope of qualifying for the World Cup. Saeula dialed back the dosage on his hormones and postponed his transition. “I didn’t want to be too soft on the field, or play at my lowest potential,” he told Vice News.

The 2011 team did not make the World Cup, but they did win their first game in 30 years – a prequalifying match against Tonga. The win was so exciting that Saeula decided to put off his sex-change surgery and keep playing for another four years.

This year, American Samoa won’t be playing in the World Cup, and Saeula has decided to retire from soccer after 2015 and pursue the sex-change operation after all. He said that while “there are no rules” forbidding transsexuals from playing on international soccer teams, he is concerned that the surgery, which typically includes total genital reconstruction and breast implants, would make tough tackles “risky for me." He also said he needs testosterone to play to his full ability.

The question of how to handle self-identified “transgender” athletes has become an issue in the United States and other jurisdictions.

California has passed a law allowing public school athletes to play for whatever team matches their self-perceived gender, without regard for biological sex. If Saeula was growing up there today, he would be eligible to play on a female team whether he handicapped himself with hormones and surgery or not – meaning the 6’1”, tough-tackling male powerhouse could have played high school and college matches against teenage girls – and shared a locker room with them.

NCAA rules allow transsexual college athletes to play on the opposite sex’s team regardless of surgical status. The only stipulations are that men have to have undergone at least one year of hormone suppression therapy before playing on a women’s team, and women who take testosterone are barred from competing on female teams. In 2012, Chelsea Philbrook, who now goes by Chase, became the first college athlete to play on both the female and the male soccer teams at the University of Maine after she began taking testosterone and had to make the switch.

The U.S. Soccer Federation, which governs many state youth soccer organizations, passed blanket rules in 2012 permitting “self-determination” for transgender athletes. All one needs is a state-issued ID or a doctor’s note declaring one’s preferred sex.

“We don't discriminate,” Robert Contiguglia, who chaired the committee that wrote the policy, told Between the Lines News. “We accept who you say you are, so long as you follow the rules. It's a self-determination policy.”


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Sports; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; soccer; somoa

1 posted on 06/20/2014 4:47:22 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

how about no

I don’t like it

I don’t have to like it

I don’t have to accept insanity as normal


2 posted on 06/20/2014 4:50:45 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Morgana
For what it's worth, FIFA has American Samoa ranked 198th in the world, above Andorra, Eritrea, Somalia, Macau, Djibouti, Cook Islands, Anguilla, Bhutan, San Marino, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

http://www.fifa.com/worldranking/rankingtable/

3 posted on 06/20/2014 4:51:52 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Morgana
“I cried my eyes out.”

Welcome to life, where not everyone will accept you or approve of you. So what's the solution? Whine and complain until someone makes them like you and accept you. Bring everyone down to your level.
4 posted on 06/20/2014 4:54:44 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: yldstrk
"I don't have to accept insanity as normal"

Thanks, that's a keeper.

5 posted on 06/20/2014 4:56:30 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Morgana

“Because sex change procedures are not generally available in American Samoa, practitioners usually retain their male physiology while assuming the societal role of a female.”

HERESY


6 posted on 06/20/2014 4:56:43 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Morgana

Why do they feel the need to parade yet another mentally diseased freak out every time there is some newsworthy development? It’s like they look at the day’s news (world cup soccer) and then look through their directory to see if they have a pervert for that one.


7 posted on 06/20/2014 4:57:53 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Morgana
"Although Saeula’s Samoan teammates were generally accepting of his effeminate looks and behavior, he encountered resistance when he tried out for the men’s soccer team at the University of Hawaii, where he is studying dance."

Dance? Really? Engineering and Accounting programs all filled up?

8 posted on 06/20/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: John O

We don’t encourage these messed up people to seek help any more. Now everyone has to accept their deviancy as good.


9 posted on 06/20/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: John O

Maybe calling the ‘freaks’ is part of the problem. You don’t blame someone who is mentally ill for having delusions, but you can hold the medical establishment accountable for indulging those delusions and forcing everybody else to accept them as fact.


10 posted on 06/20/2014 5:11:57 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Morgana

That’ll go over great in Iraq.


11 posted on 06/20/2014 5:25:51 AM PDT by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: Morgana

What you learn from these stories is that these cross-dressers go back and forth and back and forth over whether to be men or women. It is a mental illness and should be treated as such, not some expression of personal preference. If this guy claimed he was a knight and wanted to play soccer in a suit of armor, would they let him?


12 posted on 06/20/2014 5:33:51 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Morgana

In any but an amoral tribal society, Saelula would be considered a freak and a deviant. I hope he gets booed off the pitch.


13 posted on 06/20/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Mentally ill people who seek treatment should not be taunted and called names. But if they refuse treatment, and put on a freak show that normal people are forced to attend, they are freaks.


14 posted on 06/20/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ Þ)
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To: Morgana

“I didn’t know the significance it had on the world because in Polynesian culture it’s not that big of an issue.”

Yes, well, yet another reason why the world doesn’t think much of Polynesian “culture.”


15 posted on 06/20/2014 6:01:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Morgana

“I didn’t know the significance it had on the world because in Polynesian culture it’s not that big of an issue.”

Yes, well, yet another reason why the world doesn’t think much of Polynesian “culture.”


16 posted on 06/20/2014 6:01:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"If this guy claimed he was a knight and wanted to play soccer in a suit of armor, would they let him?"

Now that might get me to watch soccer!

17 posted on 06/20/2014 6:03:05 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Saeula dialed back the dosage on his hormones and postponed his transition. “I didn’t want to be too soft on the field, or play at my lowest potential,” he told Vice News.

[snip]

The win was so exciting that Saeula decided to put off his sex-change surgery and keep playing for another four years.

When you have a choice in how to lead your sexual proclivities, how is that genetic? When your choice does not conform with the general society, let alone the reproductive one, how is it not abnormal?

I think that Western Civilization is inexorably adopting the cross-dressing (e.g., Muommar Khadafi) pederastic culture of the Arab Muslims, making our assimilation all the easier.

18 posted on 06/20/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: Thommas

Samoan culture is healthier than Western. They may have fa’afafine but at least they don’t castrate them.


19 posted on 06/20/2014 6:57:50 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

I see your point. But, here the victim of a (formerly) mental disorder wants to be castrated..


20 posted on 06/20/2014 7:24:35 AM PDT by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: BykrBayb; sinsofsolarempirefan

Exactly correct.

Way back when people with these diseases were shamed into getting help to be cured. Now they are celebrated and encouraged to remain sick.

They are freaks and will always be freaks and perverts until they get the cure.


21 posted on 06/20/2014 10:25:34 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

If this guy claimed he was a knight and wanted to play soccer in a suit of armor, would they let him?

...if knights were allowed to play soccer, encased in their shining armors, they’d still flop writhing to the ground when someone brushed them with a fingertip...


22 posted on 06/20/2014 1:00:19 PM PDT by IrishBrigade (')
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To: Artie

I read most transgenders in America don’t have surgery.


23 posted on 06/20/2014 8:12:39 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-johns-hopkins-head-psychiatrist-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solutio


24 posted on 06/20/2014 8:14:38 PM PDT by NetAddicted (Just looking)
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