by Jeffery Waterchief
Oki! Nisto nitsinhkasim Piinoamahka. I am Carries Gun Far. I am 26 years young hailing from the Siksika Nation reserve about an hour east of the city of Calgary. I am well known as Jeffrey ” JR” Water Chief.
I am proudly 2-Spirited and will be chairing the 2-Spirit segment of Iksookapi Magazine. As for my section I will be talking about the 2-Spirit (gay) lifestyle. I’ll be giving advice, makeovers, stories, profiling fellow 2-Spirited members, discussions on issues facing two-spirits and anything pertaining to my life. I look forward to working with this exciting magazine.
I’ll start off by telling you a little about myself, I have always known I was different from most boys my age as I was growing up. I tried the same things as most country boys did from sheep riding, riding horses, playing in the trees, teasing the horses, playing chuck-wagons even a stint in hockey which only lasted one game as I attempted to figure skate away from the boys as I handled the puck. Aside from all that I also played with my girl cousins as we played barbies, princess pageant, dress-up, house and etc. the average stuff the little girl did at that time era. I just thought I was like any ordinary boy growing up, mind you a little more fabulous than most.
As I reached Jr. High, all my best friends were girls. I lost all my childhood best friends who were boys due to entering a new environment (Jr./Sr. High School) where they wouldn’t dare to be seen with a little “sissy” boy as myself. Jr. High was somewhat hard as I was bullied as any other gay person was. It was of course the “hockey boys” who were the worst. By the time I reached Sr. High I had a lot of friends with no boundaries. I befriended everyone from the Jr’s, Special Needs class, outcasts (stars in my eyes), so called “popular folk” and so-on. I just had that strive to make peace in our school. I then ran for Student council, was elected 2 terms and later became school President during my grad year.
I actually graduated with a couple of my bullies as we were the first all-male grad class in that school. I dated girls but did not have any affectionate feelings towards them. They always ended up being my best friends. I don’t think I ever really been in the closet, I just went with the flow because everyone eventually knew I was “gay”. It wasn’t my choice. I believe I was born this way. My family is aware of my sexuality and so are my friends. I don’t think they would have it any other way. I just want to let all my fellow brothers and sisters know that the times have changed and it does get better 😉 Until next issue iikakimaat!!