Ahead of a historic U. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, a parallel debate is raging inside another sovereign nation within U. But unlike those in the 50 states, Native Americans who support gay marriage—a coalition of LGBT Navajo, their allies, and even the leading candidate running for the Navajo presidency—have history on their side. The Navajos have a rich, documented history of accepting and even honoring people that identified with different genders and sexual preferences. In fact, as recently as 10 years ago, same-sex unions were recognized by the Navajos.
Gay American Indians
The 'Two-Spirit' people of indigenous North Americans
These documents on same-sex sexual contacts among American Indians present years of testimony from a wide variety of observers: military men, missionaries, explorers, trappers, traders, settlers, and later, medical doctors, anthropologists, and homosexual emancipationists; in a few rare instances the voices of LGBT Indians are heard. NY: Crowell, The note to these documents contain numbers of additional sources. Please report additional citations to OutHistory gmail.
The 'Two-Spirit' People of Indigenous North Americans
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This article is about the history of gay men in the United States. For lesbians, please see History of lesbianism in the United States. Two-spirit is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for Gender variant individuals in their communities. The presence of male two-spirits existed before European contact, and "was a fundamental institution among most tribal peoples".