Our Queer Histories

JonnySopotiukQueerandTransIndigenousHistoriesEarlier this month I had the opportunity to present on and share the stories and histories of diverse sexualities that exist around the world. The context of this presentation was my Queer Theory class at Emily Carr University. Our instructor gave an excellent presentation on the history of European sexuality and its roots in Victorian and Christian so-called traditions.

I offered to present on Queer histories outside of Europe, particularly focusing on indigenous histories and traditions in Africa and North America. 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.

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