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The indigenous doctor helping Canada’s trans youth

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by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2020262 Views

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First Nations doctor James Makokis from Alberta, Canada, identifies as “two-spirit” – a term used to identify indigenous LGBT+ people with both masculine and feminine traits – and has dedicated his career to supporting other “two-spirit” people, particularly transgender teenagers, many of whom feel their traditional acceptance in native communities has been lost.


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