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San Diego's Jason Mraz opens up about his sexuality

Jason Mraz is accused of appropriating the Native American term "Two Spirit" to describe his sexuality.
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Anyone who has been a part of the music scene in San Diego for the last twenty years undoubtedly has been to one of Jason Mraz's often impromptu appearances around town. 

Last Thursday the 41-year-old "I'm Yours" singer opened up about his sexuality in Billboard Magazine“I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife," he said. 

“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."

The singer recently hinted at his sexuality in a poem he wrote for Billboard during Pride month which said, “I’m bi your side.”

However, despite Mraz's openness about his experiences, he also received backlash for describing himself as Two Spirit. 

The Native American community says that only they can call themselves Two Spirit. It is a cultural belief held by Indigenous North American and First Nations people that some endow both masculine and feminine spirits who transcend sexual and gender norms.

The belief has been around throughout their history, but the term was coined in 1990

Explained one Twitter user, "...@jason_mraz has NEVER and will NEVER be #TwoSpirit. Jason Mraz IS NOT INDIGENOUS TO THE AMERICAN CONTINENT. Jason Mraz is a WHITE SETTLER appropriating a pan-Indigenous term coined by Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Queer+ Indigenous folx to describe ourselves."