SameSame.com.au – By dreadcircus
The Tiwi Islands in Northern Territory is home to one of Australia’s most inspiring drag performers. Crystal Love, also known as Crystal Johnson Kerinaiua, has performed all over the country delivering inspirational shows whilst tirelessly educating people on gay, bi and transgender issues.
The term ‘yimpininni’ or ‘sistergirl’ is used to describe a transgender person in Aboriginal culture. It’s a very old term and one that’s dear to Crystal’s heart. White invasion not only wiped out many indigenous people, it also had an impact on indigenous culture and understanding of sexual and gender expression. As Catholicism took hold and many traditions were lost, this term became a thing of the past.