A traditional term meaning ‘intimate companion of the same sex’. It has been
reclaimed to embrace all Māori who identify with diverse genders and
sexualities such as whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, lesbian, gay, bisexual,
trans, intersex and queer. While some takatāpui identify as whakawāhine or
tangata ira tāne, others identify as trans (an umbrella term for people who are
transgender, transsexual, or who do not conform to the gender they were
assigned at birth). For takatāpui who are intersex, their bodies reflect both
female and male in diverse ways.