Native American Cultures back in the time when the first Europeans arrived recognized three to five “genders” They were male, female, two spirit male (gay), two spirit female(lesbian) , and transsexual. These two spirit members of their tribe were often highly revered. From the linked article

Indians believed that a person who was able to see the world through the eyes of both genders at the same time was a gift from The Creator. Traditionally, Two Spirit people held positions within their tribes that earned them great respect, such as Medicine Men/Women, shamans, visionaries, mystics, conjurers, keepers of the tribe’s oral traditions, conferrers of lucky names for children and adults (it has been said that Crazy Horse received his name from a Winkte), nurses during war expeditions, cooks, matchmakers and marriage counselors, jewelry/feather regalia makers, potters, weavers, singers/artists in addition to adopting orphaned children and tending to the elderly. Female-bodied Two Spirits were hunters, warriors, engaged in what was typically men’s work and by all accounts, were always fearless.

Indian Country Today, Sept 2017

What a refreshing way to look at our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Of course this was all stamped out when the European settlers arrive. Beside bringing them disease that they had no immunity to that killed their physical body, they brought the Christian religion that killed their spiritual sole. When Christopher Columbus encountered the Two Spirit people, he and his crew threw them into pits with their war dogs and were torn limb from limb. (And we have a National Holiday to celebrate this man???)

Also the Samoan culture has a 3rd gender called Fa’afafines.

The third gender of ‘Fa’afafine’ has always existed within Samoan society, and when translated literally means ‘in the manner of’ (fa’a) ‘woman’ (fafine). Fa’afafines have a very specific role in Samoan society, an interesting contrast to transgenderism in Western society, which is yet to be widely accepted.

Culture Trip: Fa’afafines: The Third Gender in Samoa

I wonder how this all fits with the Book of Mormon and the Lamanites, or Hagoth in the case of the Samoans. If we believe like every prophet from Joseph Smith to recent prophets that all Native Americans are Lamanites, then maybe we could rationalize that they were “cut off from the presence of the Lord” and they became “loathsome”, “idle”, and “full of mischief and subtlety” so it is no wonder that they had such a wrong view of gender? But what if they had the correct view of gender. What if there are five genders, and the Native Americans are way ahead of us spiritually?

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