It feels like a good time to repost this piece which I published February 2014.
I have known for a very long time about the tradition of gender-variant shaman among Native American peoples primarily in North America, and recently I felt moved to research further. This poem is the fruit of my research and prayer. I dedicate it to my dear friend Jim, the extroverted gay mystic, who gave this gift at the hardest of times to a church which could not receive it.
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An Outstanding TED TALK about gender variance:
Two Spirit: The Story of a Movement Unfolds – Native Peoples – May-June 2014 – Native Peoples