Summary: In another spoken-word sociopolitical rebuttal against foolish social biases; unwarranted ignorance and scary Far-Right normalisations for homophobic violence, @TheAngryindian discusses the increasingly apathetic focus on the basic #HumanRights of our #Trans/#TwoSpirit Brothers and Sisters (and everything in-between) with regards to anti-Transgender discrimination; physical assault and extreme prejudice and/or (premeditated) murder of people simply because they are different; vulnerable and un-protected by the legal/justice system. It is important to understand that this critique is centred on one particular source of independent Afro-American news media, not the broader effort undertaken by Black broadcasters in North and South America to address and eliminate prejudice(s) and the rush to belligerence in an supposedly (progressive) humane society.
EXTRAS: Listeners should anticipate the usual political satire clips – this time from ‘Secular Talk’ and political entertainment in the form of ‘Revolution #2’ by The What – and – ‘Straight White Middle Class Male’ by veteran troubadour Dave Lippmann. There is also archived audio from a televised interview with a Two-Spirited Dine’ (Navajo) person who sat as a guest on the (usually ‘Liberal’) Phil Donahue Show (circa: 1991) following the Danny Bonaduce prostitution scandal; and internet media from Africa discussing the struggles of Transgendered People on the African continent.
All this and much more on, 4WR.
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Two-Spirit – Wikipedia – Two Spirit (also two-spirit or twospirit) is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe certain spiritual people – gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-variant individuals – in their communities. The term was adopted by consensus in 1990 at an Indigenous lesbian and gay international gathering to encourage the replacement of the outdated, and now seen as inappropriate, anthropological term berdache.
“Two Spirit” is not interchangeable with “LGBT Native American” or “Gay Indian”; this title differs from most western, mainstream definitions of sexuality and gender identity in that it is not so much about whom one is sexually interested in, or how one personally identifies; rather, it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognized and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit’s ceremonial community. While some have found the term a useful tool for intertribal organizing, not all Native cultures conceptualize gender or sexuality this way, and most tribes use names in their own languages. While pan-Indian terms are not always appropriate or welcome, the term has generally received more acceptance and use than the term it replaced.
Third and fourth gender roles traditionally embodied by two-spirit people include performing work and wearing clothing associated with both men and women. Not all tribes/nations have rigid gender roles, but, among those that do, the most usual spectrum that has been documented is that of four genders: feminine woman, masculine woman, feminine man, masculine man.