There is a misconception regarding the use of the term “Two Spirited” within the LGBT Native Community. Being of “Two Spirits” has absolutely nothing to do with sexuality. I realize that it sounds awfully good for an LGBT person to say that they are “Two Spirited” and can even understand why they are so fond of using this term. But, in my opinion, it is just plain wrong for them to do so.
Probably the best way to describe what a person with “Two Spirits” is is to use the dual-personality description. Having Two Spirits residing in one body can be really confusing and over=whelming, especially until one learns to control them both. Believe me I know this for a fact. It’s as if there are good and evil forces pulling in opposite directions constantly and they are not easily controlled.
True Two Spirited People were and are highly regarded in the Native communities by those that understand the true meaning of the term and thus disregard it’s present and false use. Hell, in the old days Two Spirited People were actually revered for their wisdom and were often Tribal Elders and People of Medicine.
Now, I’m certain that the LGBT community will take exception to this blog but to them I say this: Get over it. I’m a Lesbian and think that the use of this term just to gain better acceptance is just plain wrong.
Now, it is possible for a Two Spirited Person to be a homosexual but that is not always the case. In fact, it is the exception. There are many, many more Two Spirited People who are not Homosexuals, never have been, never will be and I know quite a few of these folks.
I am BOTH and it is no bed of roses. It is hard to control the different spirits residing within my body. There are days when I think I have control over all of them but there is also days when I know that I do not. People who know me well know that my mood swings are infamous and can be quite distressing to say the least. It angers me to no end to see the LGBT community doing this but I couldn’t write this post out of pure anger. I had to gain control of my different “sides” first.
There are many different aspects to this than I have covered here in this post and I will get to them a bit later down the road. But for now, I wish that the LGBT Native Community would just be men and women enough to be themselves and stop claiming to be something that they are not, least most of them are not.