In other words, I feel that I am related, in some way, to them because I do not fit into American culture's dominant ideas about gender and sexuality. I was born with a male body and female spirit. That spirit needs to live fully, which is the reason why I transitioned from life as Nick to living as Justine.
And, yes, I am masculine in some ways. Some of that has to do with the body into which I was born; some of it is a matter of education and acculturation. But, in spirit, I see myself as female.
Perhaps my conception of myself is congruent with how two-spirited people see themselves and are seen by their communities. Even if that were the case, though, I would be reluctant to identify myself as two-spirited simply because the concept of it has a cultural context. And I am completely outside of it, just as I am not part of the South Asian cultures in which hijras live.
Still, I have great respect and empathy for the two-spirited people and know there's much I can learn from them. That is the reason why I am happy they are having a pow-wow that's open to the public this Saturday in San Francisico's Cow Palace.