What is a Two-Spirited Person?

The term Two Spirit is a modern pan-indian (universal) phrase that can be applied to Native Americans who are Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, or Trans*. Two Spirit is generally felt to be the more culturally sensitive and accurate term over the presently accepted anthropological term 'berdache', which simply means "kept boy," "catamite," etc. Use of the term Two Spirit carries with it the general inference of respect to the traditional role that a LGBTQ + individual would have played among their peoples prior to colonization. While it is most correct to use a people's individual term for their LGBTQ+ members, the term Two Spirit is useful when refering to Native American LGBTQ+ groups comprised of members from different or multiple native peoples.

 

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