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Queer & Trans indigenous histories outside of Europe, particularly focusing on indigenous histories and traditions in Africa and North America. The presentation provides historical and current examples of diverse genders and sexuality from cultures around the world.
I've been fortunate to have access to this knowledge, I've been grateful to learn from Two Spirit and First Nations healers, elders and activists. These histories and stories have always existed and they have only recently re-emerged after centuries of genocide. These are the histories my European ancestors set out to destroy.
Recent histories and current realities cannot be separated from colonial era anti-homosexuality laws that were imposed by Britain and other European imperial powers around the world. It's also important that when looking at diverse histories we don't present it as an us and them situation, indigenous and racialized cultures are not stuck in the past, their histories and realities are constantly evolving just as ours are today.
Please read the full presentation description, context and additional resources here: http://www.jonnysopotiuk.ca/2014/02/24/queer-histories/.
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