Native Term “Two Spirit” is Added to Facebook!

O’siyo. Facebook has extended its gender identifying terms beyond “male and female” adding more than 45 gender-identifying words. More importantly, the Native term “Two Spirit” was among the new additions. Native communities are happy about the changes. Click on the photos below to learn more about the various Native Two Spirit communities. By the way, the beaded shoes were just too gorgeous to pass up!

BAAITS 3rd Annual Two-Spirit Powwow. Facebook.

BAAITS (Bay Area American Indians Two-Spirits) 3rd Annual Two-Spirit Powwow. Facebook.

Excerpt:

Facebook’s ‘Two Spirit’ Gender-ID Term…By Sheena L. Roetman,ICTNM

“On February 13, Facebook added more than 45 custom gender-identifying terms, allowing users to choose from more than just “male” or “female” in order to identify themselves. Indigenous communities all over Turtle Island were pleasantly surprised to find that among those terms was Two-Spirit.

Portland Native Two Spirit Society. Facebook.

Portland Native Two Spirit Society. Facebook.

When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self, Facebook’s press office said in a statement to ICTMN… Additionally, Facebook has added the ability to select a preferred pronoun – male, female or neutral (they/their/them) – as well as allowing people to specify who sees the gender and pronoun they’ve chosen.

Alray Nelson, (Navajo) at Ganado High School, awarded certificates to teachers he trained to aid bullied LGBT youths. M. Hayoun:Al Jazeera.

Alray Nelson, (Navajo) at Ganado High School, awarded certificates to teachers he trained to aid bullied LGBT youths. M. Hayoun:Al Jazeera.

We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way,Facebook said. Many Indigenous people who identify as Two Spirit were excited to see the changes.

A  happy couple soon to be married, of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe located in Concho OK.The Guardian.

A happy couple soon to be married, of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe located in Concho OK.The Guardian.

BEAUTIFUL-A Short History of Native American Beadwork. Facebook.

TOO BEAUTIFUL-A Short History of Native American Beadwork. Facebook.

When Facebook added new gender options, I felt that it was an amazing step, one that was in the right direction,” said Gina Metallic, of Mig’maq First Nation, a Two Spirit community and Aboriginal youth protection activist.” Read more…

Kudos to all of the wonderful Two Spirit organizations and beautiful people who support LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) communities.  Also to Facebook for adding the term Two Spirit!

“Historians say gay and lesbian Two-Spirits have existed in nearly every aboriginal culture, including virtually all North American aboriginal tribes. Two-Spirits were the trendsetters, the songwriters, the vanguard ambassadors to other cultures. Because they were considered to have a spiritual “foot in two worlds,” Two-Spirits presided over conflict resolutions, acted as couples’ counselors, and were prized as the best of shamans.”
~John Dooley~

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