In contemporary times, with the advent of lesbian and gay liberation, "two-spirited" means Aboriginal people who identify themselves as gay or lesbian
The terms "gay" and "lesbian" are European in origin, so the term "two-spirited" is preferred because it is more culturally relevant to Aboriginal lesbians and gay men
When Europeans came to Turtle Island they brought with them their religions, their values and their way of looking at the world. This adversely affected Aboriginal communities in many ways, including our sexual expression
Over time, we have come to believe that two-spirited First nations people are disgusting and perverse. We learn that before colonization that to be two-spirited was a gift, which had promise and potential. Two-spirited people were respected and honored; they were visionaries and healers in our communities. We have rediscovered that we continue to have a spiritual place in our world
Aboriginal culture is recognized for its emphasis on balance and harmony in all of creation. No one element, force or impulse dominates the others. The term two-spirited originates from the First nation's recognition of the traditions and sacredness of people who maintain a balance by housing both the male and female spirit
Some of our elders teach us that two-spirited people have a special place in our communities. We believe that two-spirited people have specifi...