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The Indigenous Family That Found Refuge in an Old Seattle Gay Bar

Years ago, there was an underground dance hall in Pioneer Square that catered to lesbian mothers, gay servicemen, drag queens, and achnucek—or "Two-Spirits," Native Americans whose identities exist outside the gender binary. At the time, homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a crime punishable by imprisonment.

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8/10/2015

article Same Sex Marriage Denied To Most Tribal Members
(USA) -- The majority of Native American tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on...

8/7/2015

article Should Congress Step In Over Tribal Law On Some Issues?
(Washington D.C.) -- Complexities around tribal law and U.S. federal law are nothing new, but the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has led some to call...
article Transgender singer breaking new ground on First Nations
(Manitoba) -- Aalayna Spence is singing in Treaty Days talent competitions across the north this month. She says at first she wasn't allowed to compete because she...

8/6/2015

article Lawyers: Disputes over gay marriage could hit tribal courts
(Oklahoma) -- Some Oklahoma attorneys say tribal courts may soon see challenges to same-sex marriage restrictions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that...

8/3/2015

article Gay Tribal Members Not Guaranteed Their Own 'Big Fat Creek Wedding'
(Oklahoma) -- The majority of tribal nations across the country do not recognize same sex marriage. Because of tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruling on marriage...

7/31/2015

article Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Apply To Tribes
(USA) -- It’s hard to tell Alray Nelson is crying behind his mirrored sunglasses. He can’t help but get emotional when he talks about this summer’s U.S...

7/28/2015

article Indian Health Service discusses LGBT issues at 'historic' meeting
(Maryland) -- Roughly 40 people crowded the suburban D.C. headquarters of the Indian Health Service on Monday to discuss how the agency can better serve lesbian, gay,...

7/20/2015

article Finding both romance and racism on Grindr
(Toronto) -- Jarret Leaman identifies as a gay native guy. And, like a lot of gay men, he uses the social dating app Grindr when searching for love. But he's...

7/16/2015

article Former exec alleges sexuality behind tribal investigation
(Arizona) -- The former CEO of the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, a tourism entity owned by the Hualapai Tribe, has filed a lawsuit alleging the tribe hired an...

7/11/2015

article Atlantic City Outing / The Borgata extends a luxurious welcome to LGBT vacationers
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City isn’t just for “real housewives” and “Jersey Shore” Snookis. The self-proclaimed “Entertainment...
article American Samoa Questions Gay Marriage Validity As Native American Tribes Continue Ban
(American Samoa) -- American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. As the Pacific island’s...

7/9/2015

article BLOG: Gender Identity and Indigenous People
(Canada) -- In literature about gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) health it’s increasingly common to see ‘2’ or a ‘2S’,...

7/7/2015

article Gay marriage is still illegal for the Navajo. This man is trying to change that.
(Arizona) -- Alray Nelson lives in one of the last places in America where gay marriage isn’t legal. He’s a member of the Navajo nation, the largest Native American...

7/6/2015

article Letter: Navajo Nation's marriage act is discriminatory
(New Mexico) -- Editor: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision in favor of marriage equality, making it so that same-sex couples will soon have the...

6/28/2015

article Two-spirit couple wed ‘white man way’ in Lawrence
(Kansas) -- Some American Indian same-sex couples have been getting married, legally, by their tribal governments for years. That wasn’t an option for Darla and...

6/27/2015

article ROSS: Smear the Queer, the Supreme Court, and Same Sex Marriage: Love for the Win (Finally)
(Washington) -- QUICK STORY: When I was a kid we used to play a very fun game called “Smear the Queer.” In that game, some unlucky sap, the “queer,...

6/24/2015

article Tribal Marriages Might Trump Same-Sex Ban By States
(USA) -- When Darren Black Bear and his fiance, Jason, wanted to get married in 2013, the state of Oklahoma didn't recognize same-sex marriages, so the two turned to...
article Gay American Indians celebrate 40 years
(California) -- Over breakfast at Sam's Diner, Randy Burns is telling the story of We'wha. We'wha was a 19th century Zuni artist and priestess, a "...

6/22/2015

article IHS requests public comment on LGBT issues in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service will hold a meeting this summer to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Indian Country. The date for...

6/17/2015

article A bright beginning for Two Spirit LGBT Awareness Day
(Minnesota) -- Wednesday's forecast didn't call for rain, but a rainbow banner shined bright beneath a blue sky as about 50 people gathered for the first Two...

6/15/2015

article Two spirits, one body: LGBTQ Awareness Day planned in Cass Lake
(Minnesota) -- "Two spirited" people were once honored in Native American communities. Today, the term "two spirited" has been practically lost....

6/10/2015

article KBIC legalizes tribally sanctioned same-sex marriage
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community legalized tribally sanctioned same-sex marriages Saturday, when it passed the third reading of amendments to its marriage...

6/7/2015

article What it's like to grow up transgender and Aboriginal
(Australia) -- I'm Kai, I'm 19 years old and I currently live in Melbourne. I am also a transgender male, meaning my mind didn't match with the gender given...

6/5/2015

article Siletz Tribe becomes latest to join marriage equality movement
(Oregon) -- The Siletz Tribe of Oregon has become the latest to join the marriage equality movement in Indian Country. The tribal council approved marriage and...

5/30/2015

article Oneida Tribe legalizing same-sex marriage
(Wisconsin) -- Same-sex marriage is about to be legal among members of the Oneida Tribe. Effective June 10, the Oneidas will recognize marriages between members of the...

5/29/2015

article Oneida Tribe will recognize same-sex marriage as of June 10
(Wisconsin) -- The Oneida Tribe will soon recognize same-sex marriage. Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/1SGcXdG) Oneida law now defines marriage as between...

5/28/2015

article LGBT rules would protect Native Americans from housing discrimination
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration is looking to root out discrimination against gay people in Native American communities. The Department of Housing and...

5/20/2015

article BOOK REVIEW: “The Queerness of Native American Literature” is a scholarly look at the genre
(North Carolina) -- Lisa Tatonetti’s “The Queerness of Native American Literature” is the result of her research into the relationships between the...

5/15/2015

article Transgender Aboriginal student president opens up about discrimination
(Saskatchewan) -- The president of the University of Saskatchewan’s student union is speaking out for lesbian, gay and transgender people hoping to encourage those...

5/5/2015

article LGBT identities and relationships have roots in early human civilization
(Worldwide) -- In only 13 days thousands of advocates and LGBT allies form around the world will celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and...

4/30/2015

article Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could impact tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday in a series of same-sex marriage cases whose outcome will have an impact nationwide. But what...

4/29/2015

article A Foot in Two Worlds: The Battle for Gay Marriage on Tribal Lands
(Washington) -- Four years ago, Heather Purser stood in front of the Suquamish Tribal Council, awaiting the answer to a life-changing question: Would she – a...

4/27/2015

article Ex-Fox VP Says He Was Fired For Being Gay, Native American
(California) -- A former Twentieth Century Fox Inc. vice president has hit the film studio with a lawsuit in California court alleging yearslong discrimination for being...

4/25/2015

article RUSSELL: The Headlines Are Wrong! Same-Sex Marriage Not Banned Across Indian Country
(Texas) -- Before the colonists came, same-sex couples had nothing to fear in most tribes. Indians, claimed to be savages, might at most have been ridiculing gay people...

4/23/2015

article Native Americans, Father Serra and ‘Two Spirited’
(California) -- As soon as Pope Francis announced that he was going to canonize and make a “saint” of Father Junipero Serra (the 18th century Franciscan...
article Report: LGBT people of color at high risk of poverty
(USA) -- LGBT people of color face a high risk of suffering from poverty because of discrimination and lack of strong legal protections, according to a new report...

4/12/2015

article LETTER: Navajo resistance to gay marriage ill-informed
(Arizona) -- To the editor: I find the gay marriage resistance ridiculous and damaging to a great tribe’s image. Dineh/Navajos have always been accepting to most...

4/7/2015

article Two Largest Native American Tribes In U.S. Ban Gay Marriage
(USA) -- As states across the country pass laws allowing same-sex marriages, the nation’s two largest Native American tribes — as well as a handful of...

4/6/2015

article A List of Tribal Laws Prohibiting Gay Marriage
(USA) -- Below is a list of federally recognized Native American tribes that have laws either defining marriage as between a man and a woman or explicitly prohibiting...
article Handful of holdout tribes dig in against gay marriage
(California) -- Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn't likely to be...

4/5/2015

article 1993 U.S. law stemmed from American Indian ritual
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas and Indiana leaders have agreed to modify nmeasures that were billed as protecting religious freedom but drew criticism from across the country as...

4/4/2015

article This Native American Legislator in Montana Helped Stop ‘Right to Discriminate’ Bill
(Montana) -- The state of Montana narrowly avoided following in Indiana’s footsteps on Friday when representatives failed to pass House Bill 615 in a 50-50 vote.

3/30/2015

article Atlantic City beckons LGBT tourists
(Atlantic City) -- Perhaps it is time to resurrect Atlantic City’s old tourism slogan — the Queen of Resorts — and give it a contemporary twist.
article Jack Saddleback first transgender person elected USSU president
(Saskatchewan) -- Jack Saddleback was nominated Thursday as the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union president. Saddleback, who previously served as the Vice...

3/6/2015

article The Native American fight for gay marriage rights
(USA) -- Rainbow Arrow is gay; he wants to get married but his tribe won’t let him. He hasn’t yet turned 30 but Alray Nelson – his official name...

3/2/2015

article Alaskan Tribal Council Representing Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes Moves To Recognize Gay Marriage
(Alaska) -- The joint council representing the indigenous Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have unanimously agreed to amend traditional tribal laws in order to...

2/27/2015

article Southeast Alaska tribal organization OKs gay marriage
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska's largest tribal organization has given the go-ahead to its courts to perform weddings for gay couples. The Central Council of Tlingit...
article BLOG: A Red Face in the Crowd: Identities of a Native American Two-Spirit Writer
(New York) -- I often hear: Where are the NDN (a slang word used by Native American/First Nations/Indigenous people as a way to identify themselves) actors and writers?

2/26/2015

article Alaskan Tribe Newest to Welcome Marriage Equality
(Alaska) -- A major southeast Alaskan tribal organization approved same-sex marriage for its members last week, making it at least the 11th Native American group to...
article Southeast Alaska tribal organization OKs gay marriage
(Alaska) -- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has given the go-ahead to its courts to allow the performance of same-sex marriages.
article BLOG: Ojibwe Therapist Speaks on LGBT Peoples in Native American Reservations
(Arizona) -- An individual and family therapist of Ojibwe Indian ethnicity gave a presentation on Two-Sprit Native American peoples’ experiences and hardships from...

2/24/2015

article Alaska tribe to conduct marriage ceremonies -- including for same-sex couples
(Alaska) -- The largest tribe in Alaska said it will conduct marriage ceremonies -- including for same-sex couples -- as part of its effort to exercise its tribal...
article Same-sex marriage mixes with tribal sovereignty
(Alaska) -- Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has announced its adoption of a new statute explicitly authorizing its tribal court to...

2/23/2015

article Group on Navajo Nation still working towards marriage equality
(Illinois) -- The Coalition for Navajo Equality is still working to bring marriage equality to the Navajo Nation. Same-sex marriages are recognized in three states that...
article Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska OKs Same-Sex Marriage
(Alaska) -- Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida...
article Tlingit and Haida tribal council adopts statute allowing same-sex marriage
(Alaska) -- In a unanimous vote Friday, the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Executive Council adopted a new statute that allows...

2/21/2015

article Among the Navajos, a Renewed Debate About Gay Marriage
(New Mexico) -- Tradition reigns here on the Navajo reservation, where the words of elders are treated as gospel and many people still live or pray in circular dwellings...
article Native American yearns for old views of gays, lesbians
(Nebraska) -- Brandon Stabler remembers the taunts he heard as a boy growing up in Walthill, a village of about 200 homes in the middle of Indian Country on the Nebraska...

2/19/2015

article Aboriginal support group offers help to 'two-spirit' people
(Sudbury) -- The aboriginal health centre in Sudbury is encouraging indigenous people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender to join a sharing circle. Perry...

2/9/2015

article Native Americans talk gender identity at a ‘two-spirit’ powwow
(California) -- San Francisco’s Cow Palace has hosted livestock expositions, Rolling Stones concerts, and a U.S. heavyweight championship.

1/18/2015

article Unreserved: Reclaiming space and making room in indigenous Canada
(Canada) -- In order to strengthen any community we must make room for everyone — and that's not always easy. Growth can be slow and challenging; it means...

1/14/2015

article Cherokee affirms gay marriage ban
(North Carolina) -- Same-sex marriage may be legal in the state of North Carolina, but it’s not on the Qualla Boundary, according to a resolution recently passed...
article Cherokee tribe still banning gay marriage
(North Carolina) -- Same-sex marriage may be legal in the state of North Carolina, but it’s not on the Qualla Boundary, according to a resolution recently passed...

1/13/2015

article Two Spirit: The Trials and Tribulations of Gender Identity in the 21st Century
(USA) -- Devin Etcitty, a 21-year-old from the Navajo nation, stood before a circle of 12 Native American students at Columbia University. He asked them to introduce...

1/9/2015

article Harlan Pruden finds healing for LGBT First Nations in tradition
(British Columbia) -- First Nations people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender don't need equality, according to one prominent activist — they need...

12/22/2014

article World’s Only Public Two-Spirit Powwow to Celebrate Fourth Annual Event
(California) -- The fourth annual Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit (BAAITS) Powwow, the world’s only public Two-Spirit pow wow, is set for Saturday, February 7...

12/9/2014

article LGBT rally appeals to AFN candidates for end to discrimination
(Manitoba) -- The Assembly of First Nations meeting in Winnipeg to elect a new national chief was also the backdrop for a rally advocating for First Nations lesbian, gay...

12/4/2014

article Navajo Nation Dine Marriage Act May Be Up For Review
(Arizona) -- Despite the increasing number of states allowing same-sex marriage, the country’s largest American Indian reservation does not. But, the Navajo Nation...

11/26/2014

article Irene Monroe: Remembering Two-Spirits this Thanksgiving
(California) -- As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause...
article 4 Las Vegas casino companies earn top marks for LGBT practices
(Las Vegas) -- Four Las Vegas casino companies earned perfect scores this year on a major advocacy group’s annual rating of corporate practices toward lesbian, gay...

11/24/2014

article Remember the Native American Two-Spirits this Thanksgiving
(USA) -- As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to...

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