American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person, especially a Native American man, who assumes the sexual identity and is granted the social status of the opposite sex. See Usage Note at berdache.
- two+spirit. A politically correct neologism for berdache advocated since the early 1990s. (Wiktionary)
“Some cultures like Native Americans would revere ‘two-spirit’ people, and often they would fulfil the role of a healer.”
“Either way, most queer, trans, and two-spirit youth experience some form of verbal of physical harassment in school.”
“Counsellors provided by the school board have to be “educated” in the knowledge and skills required to deal with “LGBTTQ issues” yes, including "two-spirit" issues.”
“The Board of Education says it is committed to establishing a safe and positive learning environment for all students, including those who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, questioning of sexual orientation, or question of gender identity.”
“The Board will provide a safe environment, free from harassment and discrimination, while also promoting pro-active strategies and guidelines to ensure that lesbian, gay, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, bisexual and questioning students, employees and families are welcomed and included in all aspects of education and school life and treated with respect and dignity.”
“If you reference their helpful glossary at the bottom you can find out what the difference between transsexual and transgender means, as well as learn that “two-spirit” is a native reference to describe people in their culture who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender:”
“Oh, and the "settings" feature has a two-spirit level function.”
“These rituals ensured the child was truly two-spirit.”
“In my reading it is has become clear that colonization has had some affect on how acceptable a two-spirit identity is within indigenous communities, however it is my hope, that they will stand fast to their traditional values because they are clearly so much more advanced than that which the European colonizing culture has to offer.”
“At the First Nation lesbian and gay gathering this year, I had dinner at a table with an Ojibwa woman who was proposing we use the term two-spirit, which comes from her culture.”
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