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Jason Mraz comes out as Two Spirit

Josh Jackman July 20, 2018
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18:Jason Mraz performs on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on July 18, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Mraz was responding to speculation that he's bi (Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

Jason Mraz has come out as Two Spirit.

The “I’m Yours” singer prompted a storm of speculation over his sexuality last month when he composed a poem for Pride Month with the line “I am bi your side.”

In a new interview with Billboard, the 41-year-old musician responded to the countless tweets saying he had come out, before defining his sexual identity.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Jason Mraz takes a bow at the curtain call of Broadway's "Waitress" at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Mraz in Waitress on Broadway (Nicholas Hunt/Getty)

Mraz said: “Honestly, I didn’t realise it was going to be so telling.

“But I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like: ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me.

“She calls it ‘Two Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”

Two Spirit as a term was coined in 1990 (Wiki Commons)

Two Spirit is a term used by Indigenous North American and First Nations people to represent those who possess both masculine and feminine spirits, and can encompass sexual, gender and/or spiritual identities.

Although Two-Spirited people have been described throughout history, the term was coined in 1990 at the Third Annual Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations Gay and Lesbian American Conference in Winnipeg, Canada.

It was chosen as a means of unifying the different gender identities and expressions of Native American, First Nations and Indigenous people.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Jason Mraz poses backstage during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)
Mraz during the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner (Gary Gershoff/Getty)

Mraz first caused fans to wonder whether he was part of the LGBT community with a 2005 interview in which he said that he had “a gay friend I was hanging out with just about everyday.

“We were basically best friends. It took me about three months before I realised: ‘Oh my god, we’re dating.’

“It wasn’t until we were out for dinner on Valentines Day that I realised we both we’re having a very romantic time together.

“Right before I moved to California he gave me a pretty strong-willed kiss goodbye, which I have never experienced before. Unfortunately, he had a little bit more facial hair than I like.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Singer Jason Mraz performs during the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards at Sheraton Times Square on September 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Mraz performs (Jemal Countess/Getty)

He added: “I have a bisexually open mind, but I have never been in a sexual relationship with a man. If the right one came along, then sure.”

Mraz also revealed to Pride Source in 2012 that he suffered homophobic bullying when he was young, explaining that there were “a few kids in high school who called me a fag or just would always intimidate me.”

In the same interview, he said: “I’m keeping more of my options open these days. The older I get, the more fearless I become,” before adding that “I’ve been invited by couples to join them and I’m really turned on by that.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24:  Singer Jason Mraz attends 2014 MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
Mraz said his wife “laid it out for me” (Christopher Polk/Getty)

Several music stars have already come out this year.

Earlier this month, Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie revealed that he was pansexual.

BURBANK, CA - JUNE 21: Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Panic! At The Disco at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 21, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Urie spoke out in support of people who want to use gender-neutral pronouns earlier this year (Kevin Winter/Getty)

The emo-rock singer, who has donated $1 million to help LGBT kids in US schools, said it was “just people that I am attracted to.”

In March, Demi Lovato explained her sexuality, saying: “I’m very fluid, and I think love is love.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Demi Lovato performs at Y100's Jingle Ball 2017 at BB&T Center on December 17, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Demi and dancer (Gustavo Caballero/Getty)

“You can find it in any gender.

“I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.”

(ddlovato/Instagram)

In April, Kehlani came out as queer, not long after she kissed Lovato on stage during a concert.

The 22-year-old singer made the announcement after years of public speculation and media reports labelling her as bisexual or a lesbian.

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Kehlani performs at The Forum on March 2, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(Kevin Winter/Getty)

On April 26, Janelle Monáe came out as queer.

The 32-year-old singer ended years of rumours by calling herself “a queer black woman” who wasn’t sure if she was bisexual or pansexual, adding: “I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Recording artist/ actress Janelle Monae attends the "Dirty Computer" screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)
(Cindy Ord/Getty)

And also in April, British pop star Anne-Marie revealed that she was attracted to women.

The rising star said: “I’ve never ever just been attracted to men. I’ve never just been attracted to women.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Anne-Marie performs during Free Radio Live held at Genting Arena on November 11, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
(Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty)

She added: “I’ve never felt the need to tell anyone that I’m bisexual. I don’t feel like I am.

“I just feel like I’m attracted to who I like.”

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