The Resilience of Indigenous Men with a Same Sex Attraction

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Aspin, Clive. (2013, April). The Resilience of Indigenous Men with a Same Sex Attraction. Presented at Beyond Behaviours: Uncovering the Social Production of HIV Epidemics Among Gay Men, Vancouver, Canada. Historically, men with a same sex attraction held positions of esteem within pre-colonial indigenous communities. Many indigenous languages had specific words to describe these men and in many communities, they held important roles such as those of leader, warrior and healer. The imposition of colonial paradigms has led to the suppression of knowledge about same sex attraction within indigenous communities. More recently, however, there has been an increased understanding of the diversity of indigenous sexuality and the role that it plays in our lives today. As a result, many indigenous men with a same sex attraction prefer to draw on their historical past to describe their sexuality rather than be confined by labels such as ‘gay’. Indeed, access to culturally relevant terms and knowledge provides protection against negative impacts associated with HIV and other diseases. In this talk, I will discuss some of the issues that need to be addressed in order to ensure that indigenous men have access to ancestral knowledge and how this can help to shore up the resilience of men with a same sex attraction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViqS4wlxlGs

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The Resilience of Indigenous Men with a Same Sex Attraction
The Resilience of Indigenous Men with a Same Sex Attraction
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