Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu May 22 01:09:01 UTC 2008

I've seen two-spirit in connection with Native Americans in the US. I
don't know if it's used outside that context. Wikipedia has it as
well:, which says it
originated in 1990. That seems pretty recent to me. BB

On May 21, 2008, at 5:49 PM, James Harbeck wrote:

> I just saw this mule-choker from a friend on Facebook -- the friend
> (who has managed to thoroughly defeat the use of gender-specific
> pronouns in reference to themself) is looking for other LGBTT2IQQA
> alumni from York University.
> So, OK, I think LGBT is pretty common. This rather longer initialism
> seems to have much more limited currency. But a little digging has
> uncovered that it seems to stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual,
> transgender, transsexual, 2-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning,
> ally."
> Oh, and 2-spirit? "Two-spirited" is current (in LGBT circles) in
> Canada, but I'm not sure it's used in the US. It's from First Nations
> (what we call American Indians in Canada) traditions. See
> for a cogent
> description.

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