AMPLIFY! Katie-Anne Speaks as Two-Spirited, Bi-Gendered Resident of Johnstown

AMPLIFY LGBTQ is a new occasional series of blog posts designed to give a “signal boost” to the voices of our LGBTQ neighbors throughout Western Pennsylvania. We are using a Q&A format and will mostly avoid editing their responses. The questions, however, may change as we ask each participant to tell usWestern Pennsylvania what we’ve missed asking. It is one of the vibrant elements of a blog format – evolution & growth.

Our intent is to highlight the voices of marginalized members of our community who are not always invited to the table or whose voices are not heard (because “we” are not listening?) Obviously, my choice of questions does shape the conversation, but beyond that – these are glimpses in to the lived experiences of LGBTQ people in Western Pennsylvania as told in their own voices. If you would like to participate, please email me pghlesbian at gmail or visit the online Q&A.

For perspective, here’s a map of the counties of Western PA.

You can read the other Q&A responses here.


 

I reached out to Katie-Anne several years ago when she was profiled in local media around conflict with the University of Pittsburgh. When I conceived of this project, I immediately reached out to her to share her thoughts and experiences as a resident of Cambria County.

Katie-Anne
Katie-Anne via Facebook

Name: Katie-Anne

County of Residence: Cambria

Tell me about the first LGBTQ person whom you met. What impact did they have on your life? Several cousins are Gay. I was probably about four when I realized this. The two men who lived across the street were Gay. I don’t remember this having any affect on me.

How do you describe your identity? Twin spirited, bi-gendered. I have a completely developed male personality – Gabriel, and a completely developed female personality – Katherine Anne

How do you stay informed about LGBTQ issues? Internet lists and FaceBook.

Past or present, favorite LGBTQ character in television, film or literature? Jehanne Darc (frequently misrendered Joan of Arc)

How would you describe yourself in terms of “being out”? As out as one can be. Google Katherine Anne McCloskey for proof. I get near rock star recognition, or maybe trained seal recognition.

Tell me about your local or regional LGBTQ community. There is none outside the local Gay bar.

Have you ever experienced discrimination based on your identity in a job setting? How about in terms of being served by a business? Please explain. I was disabled 25 years ago, long before I was public about my gender.

Twice people have attacked me and they took a beating. I was expelled by the local chapter of N.O.W. because the president and her husband do not like transgendered individuals and meetings are held at their home. In contrast, local NRA chapters have asked me to speak on the Constitution. I am frequently referred to as Dr. McCloskey-Ross by complete strangers. I have on several occasions been given money for my federal law suit against the FBI for raiding my home. Universally these people are uber-conservative.

Describe your community in terms of being LGBTQ friendly (or not.) Oblivious.

Are there issues impacting your LGBTQ neighbors that aren’t visible or part of the local dialogue?  People believe that there are no more than few dozen LGBTIQA people locally.

What would you like to see elected officials do to improve life for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians? Make discrimination illegal.

Please share any anecdotes about life as a LGBTQ person in your community that might help outsiders better understand. I do not understand my area. A poll of local people of all hues showed that locals believed POC amounted to 10 percent of the local people. The actual number is 27 percent.

Beyond discrimination, what other barriers create challenges for your LGBTQ neighbors? Ignorance by cisgender folk and lethargy by the LGBTIQA community.

What LGBTQ friendly resources are available for your neighbors? None

What is your greatest fear for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? Internecine conflict. There is palpable dislike by Gay folk toward Trans folk. I hope this does not lead to violence.

What is your greatest hope for the LGBTQ community in Western Pennsylvania? Laws forbidding discrimination and an end conflicts within the community.

Finally, what question should I have asked? Please also share your answer. I thought the questions were far-reaching and not tedious to answer.

Thanks, Katie-Anne.

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  • You know, as a Seneca, it upsets me when non-Indians appropriate my culture. She is bi-gendered. Two spirit only belongs to us and should only be used by us.

    • This is exactly the kind of ” Fethism of Small Differences” that makes me crazy. Freud used this term to point out that marginalized groups often care more about what separates them from people who are very similar and ignore the serious differences they have their true enemies.

      I am a proud blood sister to the Cherokee Nation. I have discussed this matter with many of my First Peoples friends in Canada and the U.S. My roommate is Shawnee and Choctaw and nearly full blooded Native American She encourages me to use the term because it is the only one that fits. My therapist tells if the term Twin Spirited did not exist, I would need to invent it In short, I am us. If a term first appears in English. it obvious is not a Native American term. Up until the 1980’s most anthropologists used was term Berdace, a French term derived from Arabic and meaning cadamite slaves See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-Spirit.

      I essentially have twins living with in me. One male and one female. See Carl Jung’s work on Aninma. Bigendered is equivalent to ambideterous i.e.equal facility with the limbs on both sides. That is very different from having two personalities which never disassociate, but have very different interests.

      By the way, our trial should begin in August. I spoke out when a local Black man was shot by the Johnstown Police. They say I contaminated a crime scene be leaving my room and later returning to get my medicine before I went into a seizure. I say this is a witch hunt to get back at the loud mouth Tranny “Nigger Lover”

      Thanks for the kind words, Sue.
      Peace, Out.
      Caitie-/Aine

  • Dia duit (god be with you, or idiomatically hello, in Ulster Irish Gaelic

    My roommate pointed out something I had forgotten in my previous post. Gabriel, my dear brother, with whom I have a timeshare on this body, and I sometimes disagree, occasionally loudly. We never hear it because we are asleep. It does not happen often. However, it wakes my roommate when the dialogue starts
    Fortunately, she has a good sense of humour. She just watches Gabbie and Caitie have loud discussion in Irish. My friend and I have both recorded such a discussion. Gabriel and I apparently are discussing the set list for our next gig. I see why roommate thinks we are arguing. Ulster Irish is spoken loudly and quickly. Think NYC English

    The truly interesting part is hearing two very, very distinguishable voices coming from one body. Gabriel is a baritone and I am very high alto. Well there only one solution! We recently formed our own musical group obviously called “Both Sides Now”. We split the singing duties which means we sometimes cover four octaves in the same song. All this is funny as all hell if you know the back sorry. After we were raided by Homeland Security and were on television every night, most people know us. Gabriel sounds like the Scottish comedian/ folksinger Billy Connolly. Hopefully, I am bit mellower. It is a great way to practice while waiting for a tour of Australia and New Zealand with our cousins and their spouses. So if you want a musical duo, but can only afford a single, think of us.

    One more point. I suddenly found my name is now Kaitlyn, according to many of associates I admire Ms. Jenner. She is the only one I have ever seen throw a javelin, shot, and discus, left handed besides me. An aside here, nearly half of all non-binary sexed individuals are left handed or ambidextrous as compared to somewhere between 7 and 8 percent of the total population. So I am a Jenner fan, but I have no desire to share her first name. My parents named me for my Grandmother. The doctors found my boy bits a few days later.

    My Grandma told me there were a paucity of girls’ first names in village she grew up in Ireland. So every girl got two names, like Katherine Anne, or Caitriona Aine in Irish. When I lived in Ulster, or British occupied Ireland, as I usually call it, women named Katherine were using Caitie as a diminutive to avoid being confused with women named Kaitlyn, Caitlyn, or Kathleen
    ( Anglicization of Kaitlyn)

    Ms. Jenner is still very confused. She has yet to figure out that if your are a woman and are attracted sexually to women, you are lesbian. I really do not like explaining Ms. Jenner’s situation. I am not privy to Jenner’s life and I am very happy about that. I am not keen on being called Kaitlyn. I spell my name Kaitlyn when writing in Irish.

    I write and speak in Irish or Scots when communicating with my cousins. We hope we are driving MI5, the RCMP, and FBI insane. None of us have ever formally studied Irish, Highland Gaelic. or Nova Scotian Gaelic. We may have invented our very own idiom of Gaelic. As our family in Ireland and Scotland are “Travellers” or Tinkers, Pikies, Knackers, or my favorite, lay about, no good sponging Gypsies. It is nice to feel racial hatred from people who look just like you. We learn our Gaelic idiomatically from our Traveller relatives. Likely we would horrify a linguist. Hell, we enjoy ourselves.

    I am serious, if you want, a Twin Spirited musician, please email us. We tell the really good jokes when we are awake.

    Gabriel and I say,
    Ochine Duit (Good night)

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