Ty Defoe is a Two-Spirit performance artist, Grammy Award-winning musician, and educator. Defoe is from the Oneida and Ojibwe Tribes, and currently lives in New York City. Defoe's 2011 music album "Come to Me Great Mystery" was awarded a Grammy. One of Defoe's most notable performances was playing one of the "persons in charge" in the play "Straight White Men", alongside Kate Bornstein.
Coming out as two-spirit was quite challenging because in Western society, the word for me is transgender — I would be a transgender male. But that kind of implies going from one gender to the next, and I was like, 'No, I think there's something else.'