GAYS ARE CHILDREN OF THE EARTH
WE ONCE SERVED THE GREAT MOTHER
AND KNEW OUR TRUE WORTH.
ISHTAR, INANNA, ISIS, ARTEMIS, ASTARTE, CYBELE, DIANA, APHRODITE
QUEER PRIESTS SERVED THE GODDESS, THE SUPREME DEITY.
THE ANGRY MEN FOLLOWING THEIR SUFFERING GOD
BROUGHT SWORDS TO OUR GROVES AND TEMPLES:
THEY STRUCK DOWN OUR TREES AND BURIED OUR DREAMS,
SUPPRESSED OUR MAGIC TO PURSUE DIABOLICAL SCHEMES:
STRUCK DOWN WERE THE GOOD GAYS OF GAIA,
THE PRIESTS AND PRIESTESS OF THE MOON, THE SONS OF BACCHUS.
THEY DID THIS IN EUROPE, THEN AMERICA, AFRICA, EVERYWHERE
FOR WHEREVER EXPLORERS WENT, WE WERE THERE
SERVING THE SPIRIT, SERVING THE TRIBE
GENDERBENDING LOVERS FEELING NO SHAME –
UNTIL UPON US WAS HEAPED THE BLAME
FOR CLIMATE DISASTERS, PLAGUES AND PERVERSIONS
BUT OUR LOVE CAN NEVER BE STOPPED BY COERCION.
GAYS ARE BORN TO EVERY GENERATION
WE ARE THE HEALERS, THE TEACHERS, THE WITCHES
WE ARE PROPHETS, MEDIUMS, PRIESTESSES AND PROUDLY
PROCLAIMING OUR RIGHT TO BE FREE,
AND WHEN WE RECLAIM OUR QUEER SPIRIT
IN ALL ITS DIVINE POWER AND GLORY
WE WILL UNLOCK THE GATES TO HUMAN DESTINY.
In tribal times we were Gatekeepers, opening the pathways
which connect the subtle dimensions of nature and spirit,
and this is what we are here to do today.
Gatekeepers we have an essential role to play.
Malidoma Some from 1993 MenWeb interview:
“Among the Dagara people, gender has very little to do with anatomy. It is purely energetic. In that context, a male who is physically male can vibrate female energy, and vice versa. That is where the real gender is. Anatomic differences are simply there to determine who contributes what for the continuity of the tribe. It does not mean, necessarily, that there is a kind of line that divides people on that basis. And this is something that also touches on what has become known here as the “gay” or “homosexual” issue. Again, in the culture that I come from, this is not the issue. These people are looked on, essentially, as people. The whole notion of “gay” does not exist in the indigenous world. That does not mean that there are not people there who feel the way that certain people feel in this culture, that has led to them being referred to as “gay.”
“The reason why I’m saying there are no such people is because the gay person is very well integrated into the community, with the functions that delete this whole sexual differentiation of him or her. The gay person is looked at primarily as a “gatekeeper.” The Earth is looked at, from my tribal perspective, as a very, very delicate machine or consciousness, with high vibrational points, which certain people must be guardians of in order for the tribe to keep its continuity with the gods and with the spirits that dwell there. Spirits of this world and spirits of the other worlds. Any person who is at this link between this world and the other world experiences a state of vibrational consciousness which is far higher, and far different, from the one that a normal person would experience. This is what makes a gay person gay. This kind of function is not one that society votes for certain people to fulfill. It is one that people are said to decide on prior to being born. You decide that you will be a gatekeeper before you are born. And it is that decision that provides you with the equipment (Malidoma gestures by circling waist area with hands) that you bring into this world. So when you arrive here you begin to vibrate in a way that Elders can detect as meaning that you are connected with a gateway somewhere. Then they watch you grow, and they watch you act and react, and sooner or later they will follow you to the gateway that you are connected with.
“So to then limit gay people to simple sexual orientation is really the worst harm that can be done to a person.”