I would swear, it seems like Sixpense and I must be reading each others mind, or one or the other is, I would swear, hiding out in each other's flat. He had a excellent post on Monday about the treatment of Native Americans. Many forget that there were whole communities, and tribes way before Columbus discovered America. And like most communities, they feature a wide variety of peoples....and our Native Americans had there fair share of LGBT. With some tribes, it was welcome while others it was not to be accepted. And it was not uncommon to find some trans and even drag queens in the tribes...but not until recent years did we start to see some of the talents and hear about their brazen ways to be accepted. The were here and were queer rings for them as well.
The Navajo Nation which is the biggest reservation in the US, which covers over 27,000 square miles, can get lonely, especially if you identify as LGBTQ. But many drag advocates hope that change is coming. Navajo culture traditionally recognizes a wide variety of sexual orientation and gender identities, though the belief has faded over time after Christianity and colonization imposed a more binary understanding of gender. Although the Navajo is the most accepting, it even still has a long way to go in advancing LGBTQ rights, like one of the most well known of queens Lady Shug says, who is a transgendered drag queen and a very outspoken advocate who won the Miss New Mexico Pride in 2018. Lady Shug has spent the last decade bringing her brand of often radical and political drag to her indigenous community.