Understanding Two-Spirits

Understanding Two-Spirits

TULSA – It goes without saying that, since we are in the Native American capital of the world, that there are bound to be a few queer Indians running around. What may surprise you is the lack of funding and resources available to the Native American community when it comes to dealing with HIV and AIDS awareness and coming out support groups. One organization, the Tulsa Two-Spirited Men’s Group, is dedicated to ensuring that the Native American Gay and Lesbian Community won’t go unnoticed.

John Hawk Cocké (pronounced ko-KAY,) who is the coordinator and spiritual leader of the Tulsa Two-Spirited Group, explained that part of reaching more Native Americans in the glbt community is educating them about the history of Two-Spirited people and their place in tribal history. ” Being ‘gay’ is a white man’s term. That’s why gay Native Americans at the 1990 Two-Spirited Retreat decided that our title would be ‘Two-Spirited.’ That title encompassed being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, so I think our people, when it comes to that term, are learning more about it. As far as the act of being gay in the culture, I think a lot of our traditional Native people understand it. They don’t talk about it because they were so chastised about having gay people in their tribes.” Read more…

Tulsa Two Spirit Society Link: http://www.denvertwospirit.com/tulsa.html