By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com December 02 2013 6:35 PM ET
Police in Honolulu are searching for a transgender youth, 15-year-old Christian Kukahiko, who was last seen November 19 at her home.
Television station KITV, which misgenders the teen by using male pronouns, reports that Kukahiko “may be emotionally distraught.” Kukahiko is six feet tall and weighs 230 pounds, has black hair with red highlights, and has a tattoo of her last name on her lower back.
TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts notes that the use of male pronouns may impede the investigation. “Looks like Chris has acquired the characteristics and outward presentation of a young female, and should be addressed as SHE or with other feminine pronouns,” Roberts writes. “Granted there may be family members that stubbornly say otherwise, but those of us NOT in Chris’ family may only know her by a femme name or feminine pronouns.
“Referring to a person we know in the trans community only by female presentation, name and femme pronouns, by a masculine name and the wrong pronouns will draw quizzical looks from us, slow your investigation down, and may separate you from vital information you may need that is available in out trans community to help solve this case,” explains Roberts.
Those with information that may help police find Kukahito are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME via cell phone. To send an anonymous text message, text “CS808” plus your message to 274637 or CRIMES.