from “Photographing Queer Kalihi” (2009) by Loraine Kanervisto & Keir McCoy

R. Zamora Linmark’s Rolling the R’s frames the tense development of queer and multiethnic youth in Kalihi Valley during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The spirit of Linmark’s O‘ahu can still be found in parts of present-day Kalihi. As photographers, we sought to capture the frames of mind prevalent in Linmark’s locales, places with multiple layers of symbolism clashing into one another—the religious with the transgressive, the public with the private, and the suppressed with the unrestricted.

 

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Photo Credit: Keir McCoy

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Photo Credit: Loraine Kanervisto

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Photo Credit: Keir McCoy

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Photo Credit: Keir McCoy

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Photo Credit: Keir McCoy

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Photo Credit: Loraine Kanervisto

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