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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Until Europeans took over North America, there was no gender pattern deemed normal among American ethnic groups. Unlike our society, American Indians had a multiplicity of genders, neither establishing one as a rule nor turning others into abnormalities or something to avoid.

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According to the Indian Country Today digital platform, North America's native communities recognized the following genders: female, male, female of two spirits, male of two spirits and transgender. According to the Indians, people with both female and male characteristics were regarded as highly gifted by nature, able to glimpse . . .

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