Two-spirit couple have claimed victory on The Amazing Race in Canada

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Anthony Johnson and James Makokis became the first indigenous winners of the CTV reality series, which features teams embarking on the race of a lifetime across Canada. The two men are married and they both identify as two-spirit. This term is used by First Nations people to represent those who possess masculine and feminine spirits, with interlinking gender, sexuality, spirituality, and social roles. Speaking to CBC, the pair said they wanted to show two-spirit and transgender youth there is nothing wrong in differing from the rest. Makokis, a Saddle Lake Cree Nation doctor, said that everything in the world deserves to exist as long as it does not hurt others. A boy who wears a dress, for example, does not hurt anyone, so why should not he be allowed to express himself the way he wants? He added: “I have a large transgender population in my medical practice, and I see the results of social isolation, it sends a strong message when their doctor is saying that… and we wanted to do that. We thought it was really important.”

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