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A Two-Spirit City: A Queer Indigenous Guide to Putting Down Roots in Portland

When I first arrived in Portland in 2006, it was on a bus from Omaha, Nebraska. For a good part of that trip, rolling past pronghorn, plains, and the continental divide, I was alone. The isolating feeling of moving to a new city was one thing, but doing so on an almost-empty bus was entirely different.

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6/17/2018

article First-ever two-spirit powwow set for Saskatoon
(Saskatchewan) -- It's a coming out celebration for some Indigenous dancers, as Saskatoon will have its first public two-spirit powwow this weekend at the University of...

6/13/2018

article A Two-Spirit City: A Queer Indigenous Guide to Putting Down Roots in Portland
(Oregon) -- When I first arrived in Portland in 2006, it was on a bus from Omaha, Nebraska. For a good part of that trip, rolling past pronghorn, plains, and the...

6/8/2018

article How Birth Certificates Are Being Weaponized Against Trans People
(USA) -- When Walter A. Plecker died in August 1947, his “death was considered a gift by many,” writes historian Arica L. Coleman in her searing history,...

6/6/2018

article Two-Spirit Storytime teaches kids about Native Americans
(California) -- About 30 kids and their parents gathered in the Mission Sunday afternoon for the first Two-Spirit Storytime. The Pride Month event served as a book...

6/4/2018

article COLE: I represented the wedding cake couple. We lost a battle but won the war.
(Washington D.C.) -- In law, as in less civil arenas of conflict, you can lose a battle but win the war. That’s what happened in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado...

5/25/2018

article Bullies tag gay Riverton teen’s car, then she finds a hero
(Wyoming) -- A high school student knew intolerance existed in this town of roughly 11,000 long before a local radio host’s homophobic remarks thrust LGBTQ issues...
article Memorial Day Tribute: Two-Spirit Cherokee Artist Tony Enos Honors Military with “I Cry”
(USA) -- This Memorial Day, two-spirit Cherokee recording artist Tony Enos is honoring American soldiers and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice with...

5/18/2018

article ‘Transparent’ actress Alexandra Billings talks Long Beach Pride Parade, AIDS, Trump
(California) -- Alexandra Billings says pride parades are a “magical tribal ritual” that celebrate the past, present, and future.

5/15/2018

article Colombia’s indigenous transgender women find refuge, freedom working on coffee farms
(Colombia) -- Although photographer Lena Mucha had worked with indigenous communities while studying anthropology, she had never approached them with a camera. But after...

5/1/2018

article A lack of inclusive sex education in Arizona could cause a rise in HIV/AIDS diagnoses
(Arizona) -- When Noah Altman moved from Yuma to Phoenix in 2010, he finally felt at peace. He suddenly went from a small border town to a city where there was “...

4/29/2018

article Questions remain after death of Bismarck child: School denies bullying allegations
(North Dakota) -- Nearly a month after Cherish "Chance" Houle's death, there are still more questions than answers about why he took his life. Chance had...

4/21/2018

article Going Native: To Move Forward, Indians Must Reclaim Values of the Past
(Indian Country) -- In the Navajo Nation reservation, tribal member Alray Nelson has for years been campaigning for the right to marry his male partner. But current...

4/18/2018

article What is Two Spirit? The term used by indigenous North African and First Nations people with masculine and feminine spirits
(USA) -- Two Spirit is a term used by non-binary Indigenous North American and First Nations people to represent those who possess masculine and feminine spirits.

4/8/2018

article The Death of Stephanie Yellowhair and the Resilience of the Queer Spirit
(Arizona) -- An iconic queer hero has died. Some time around the turn of the millennium, Stephanie Yellowhair, a Native American trans woman, was arrested while being...

4/6/2018

article As Miami Beach Pride Nears, Native Youth Opens Up About Her Sexuality
(Florida) -- It can be hard to be gay in 2018, but queerness no longer carries the stigma it once did. For proof, look no further than Miami Beach Gay Pride, a week of...

4/4/2018

article Changing Tribal Views
(Utah) -- Alray Nelson has campaigned for years for the right to marry the man he loves. Nelson, 32, a member of the Navajo Nation, works with his nonprofit, Diné...
article Native American Two Spirit Fights to Keep Tribe's Language Alive
(South Carolina) -- The ancestral home of DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren's tribe is along the banks of the Catawba River, near the modern border of North...
article Artist brings attention to victimized indigenous women, LGBTQ people
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American artist is creating a large-scale portrait made from more than 4,000 handmade clay beads. The project is intended to bring attention to...

3/30/2018

article BREWER: Why marriage equality is a matter of tribal sovereignty
(Colorado) -- Alray Nelson has been campaigning for years for the right to marry the man he loves. Nelson, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been working with his...

3/29/2018

article From Fort Berthold to Hollywood to Charting on Billboard: Native Drag Queen VIZIN Is Killing It!
(Hollywood) -- VIZIN, pronounced ‘vision,’ is a Native American drag queen from the Arikara Tribe who told Indian Country Today that she used to see copies...

3/20/2018

article When you’re transgender and Native American
(Massachusetts) -- With two amazing films already, the New Bedford Winter LGBTQ Film Series promises another knock-out documentary with “Two Spirits” on...

2/23/2018

article Haskell to host its first ‘two-spirit’ powwow; event to celebrate Native LGBTQ identities
(Kansas) -- Haskell Indian Nations University has hosted countless powwows over the years. It’s never seen one quite like the powwow Bry Smiley has planned for...

2/19/2018

article Cree leaders show public support for LGBTQ, 2-spirited community
(Montreal) -- Several key leaders of the Cree Nation, including Grand Chief Abel Bosum, came together Saturday to deliver a powerful public message of acceptance to two-...

2/14/2018

article These Stunning Portraits Show What It’s Like To Be A Two-Spirit Native American Today
(California) -- On Feb. 3, the largest powwow to celebrate two-spirits was held in San Francisco. "Two-spirit" is a term to unify the continuum of gender...

1/25/2018

article BAAITS and Two-Spirit Powwow Continue to Grow by Promoting Community Healing, Togetherness
(California) -- BAAITS is entering our 20th year as an organization. Our core mission remains the same: to retain and restore the traditional and modern roles that Two-...

1/24/2018

article Two-spirit culture takes center stage at powwow
(California) -- LGBTs and others can celebrate and learn about two-spirit Native Americans at the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit Powwow that takes place next...

1/16/2018

article ‘Mob has always been there for me’: Indigenous drag performers to lead Midsumma pride march
(Australia) -- On 26 January, while the country celebrates, mourns or ignores Australia Day, Zac Collins-Widders will march through Melbourne in defence of his...

1/13/2018

article Watch This Incredible Two-Spirit Couple Redefine Native American Dance
(California) -- Sean Synder and Adrian Matthias Stevens are blazing a trail in traditional Native American culture: The couple has started performing a “sweetheart...

1/6/2018

article GLOSSARY: What does Two-Spirit mean?
(UK) -- The 2 in LGBTQ2 stands for ‘two-spirit’. It is an umbrella term for being a “two-spirit” described as a Native (North) American who...

1/3/2018

article This Native American Drag Queen Lost 500 Pounds and Became a Billboard-Charting Artist
(California) -- It’s not every day you see headlines made by drag queens who haven’t appeared on a season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Los Angeles-based...
article Colorado prison guards knowingly put gay inmate in cell with prisoner who threatened rape, lawsuit says
(Colorado) -- A gay inmate has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was repeatedly raped in a Florence prison cell by a dangerous prisoner even after the offender...

12/4/2017

article Navajo student hosts first-ever Two-Spirit powwow at Haskell University in Kansas
(Kansas) -- Bry Cordell Smiley introduces himself in his traditional Navajo language. He describes the clans to which he belongs, his birthright as a citizen of the...

11/29/2017

article Jock Talk: Gay Native boxer learned the ropes
(California) -- Being a jock is just one aspect of identity intersection in the lives of most athletes and coaches. I, for example, am a gay white cisgender short male...

11/22/2017

article We Asked These 4 Queer Native Americans How They’ll Be Spending Thanksgiving
(USA) -- Thanksgiving can be a weird time of year for anybody: the forced family time, crass consumerism and mealtime conversation are enough to drive anyone up the wall

11/20/2017

article Indigenous trans woman reflects on past attack for Transgender Day of Remembrance
(Canada) -- On the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Chevi Rabbit is reflecting on those who have lost their lives, and giving thanks for surviving an...

11/12/2017

article Same-sex marriage critics ‘a danger to gay indigenous’
(Australia) -- Indigenous calls to reject marriage equality because it would subvert millennia-old definitions could compound the harm already being done to gay and...

10/30/2017

article Court Rules Arizona Tribe Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriage
(Arizona) -- A tribal court in Arizona has ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry under the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the constitution of the Ak-...

10/29/2017

article Court orders Arizona tribe to recognize same-sex marriages
(Arizona) -- A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a two-year legal battle that could...

10/25/2017

article Court orders Ak-Chin tribe to recognize marriages of same-sex couples
(Arizona) -- Three years — almost to the day — after a U.S. federal court legalized marriage for same-sex couples in Arizona, the Ak-Chin Indian Community...

10/16/2017

article Two Spirit Nation To Hold Grand Entry At Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- An event of major historical significance for LGBTIQA+ Native Americans is occurring today. The newly formed Two Spirit Nation will be honored in a...

10/11/2017

article The Indigenous Family That Found Refuge in an Old Seattle Gay Bar
(Washington) -- Years ago, there was an underground dance hall in Pioneer Square that catered to lesbian mothers, gay servicemen, drag queens, and achnucek—or...

10/3/2017

article Elizabeth Kerekere speaks on Maori LGBTQ term takatāpui
(New Zealand) -- For Maori who don't fit neatly into carefully constructed moulds of gender and sexuality the term takatāpui can be a relief. Scholar Elizabeth...

8/22/2017

article Out on the Land reconnects two-spirit, transgender campers with traditional knowledge
(Saskatoon) -- Marjorie Beaucage says there are many challenges for two-spirit and transgender people in Saskatchewan. Some young people feel unwelcome in rural...

8/6/2017

article Nisga'a two-spirit member receives award for LGBT community work
(British Columbia) -- Travis Angus grew up in a small community of the Nisga'a Nation and as a young person who struggled with sexuality, found it difficult to fit...

7/25/2017

article Indigenous tribes embraced gender fluidity prior to colonisation, but Europeans enforced specific gender roles
(USA) -- Before the advent of Europeans, Native Americans, embraced gender fluidity. There were no gender binaries. There were men and women, and then there were...

7/17/2017

article ‘Mohawk’: An Action-Thriller With Bisexual Native Americans That Hollywood Would Never Make — Fantasia
(Hollywood) -- The depiction of Native Americans in the movies is notorious for its reductive stereotypes. By those standards, “Mohawk,” a bloody, low-budget...

6/27/2017

article Gay pride, a traveler, and being Alaska Native
(Alaska) -- David Clark is a senior at University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). He just returned from Europe where he spent a month in the most northern parts of Norway....

6/19/2017

article What being two-spirit means to Indigenous elder Ma-Nee Chacaby
(Canada) -- Ma-Nee Chacaby is a two-spirit Ojibwa-Cree elder. She uses the term "two-spirit" to mean she carries both a male and a female spirit inside. Even...

6/16/2017

article Inside Colombia's Public Beauty Pageant for Indigenous Trans Women [video]
(Colombia) -- "In this episode of Miscellania, our colleagues over at Vice Colombia explore the indigenous queer community at an Amazonian beauty pageant."

5/31/2017

article HIV prevention study looking for Native American male participants
(Washington) -- The Virtual Two-Spirit project, a “culturally-grounded, online HIV prevention intervention for Native American and Alaska Native men who have sex...

5/29/2017

article Two-spirit talking circle held in Regina for Indigenous LGBT youth
(Saskatchewan) -- A group of Indigenous two-spirit and LGBT youth gathered in Regina on Sunday to share experiences and support one another. The talking circle was...

5/21/2017

article Before Europeans Dominated North America, The Native Americans Recognized 5 Different Genders
(New York) -- According to Duane Brayboy, writing for Indian Country Today, Native Americans did not adopt the idea of gender roles until the arrival of Europeans and...

5/19/2017

article 'She accepted me for who I am': First Nations teen feels the love after telling grandma she's gay
(Ontario) -- A First Nations girl is feeling "nervous and proud" as she prepares to share her "coming out" story as part of a photo exhibition on...

5/17/2017

article 'She's a stronger me': two-spirited Fort McMurray businessman to be profiled in documentary
(Edmonton) -- For years Massey Whiteknife felt shattered, as though his personality was split in two. Years of childhood abuse and trauma had left him feeling broken,...

5/12/2017

article BLOG: 5 Incredible Two-Spirit and Queer Indigenous Writers to Read Right Now
(Canada) -- In response to the recent horrifically racist and colonialist editorial advocating a “cultural appropriation prize” in The Writers’ Union...

5/2/2017

article Two-spirit powwow coming to Winnipeg Pride
(Winnipeg) -- For the first time in its 30-year history, a two-spirit powwow will be part of the festivities at Pride Winnipeg, one of the largest LGBT festivals in the...

4/26/2017

article Native Transgender Woman Denied Food at Christian Shelter Because She Was Wearing Dress
(South Dakota) -- Isabella Red Cloud, a Native transgender woman who identifies as Two Spirit was asked to leave the Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls, South Dakota...

4/25/2017

article Transgender woman asked to leave mission
(South Dakota) -- A transgender woman asked to leave the Union Gospel Mission said she’d hoped to find more acceptance. Isabella Red Cloud went to the Mission on...

4/21/2017

article Making Space in Indigenous Art for Bull Dykes and Gender Weirdos
(Canada) -- At the risk of sounding clichéd, I’ll always remember the first time I saw Kent Monkman’s Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Having for so long moved...

4/12/2017

article Great Videos and Music from 8 Indigenous LGBTIA and/or Two Spirit Musicians
(USA) -- From Onondaga to Peru to Australia, Two Spirit musicians and indigenous LGBTQIA musicians are decolonizing music in concert halls, clubs, and drag shows one...

4/2/2017

article Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders Before Being Influenced by Europeans
(USA) -- Before Europeans took over North America, Native Americans didn't have strict gender roles. There were no set gender norms for tribe members to follow in...

3/25/2017

article Native American tribe votes to recognise gay marriage
(UK) -- The Osage Native American nation has voted to recognise gay marriage, joining the handful of tribes to have done so to date. The Osages formerly lived across a...

3/23/2017

article Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue
(Oklahoma) -- A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S...

3/22/2017

article Tribal officials butt heads over gay marriage issue
(Oklahoma) -- Tension was high during a Cherokee Nation Rules Committee meeting Tuesday morning, as councilors discussed a resolution that would put a vote to the people...

3/21/2017

article Cherokee Tribe Considers Vote On Same-Sex Marriage
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation is considering putting same-sex marriage to a vote. In December 2016, the tribe's attorney general, Todd Hembree, legalized same-sex...
article Osage Nation voters approve redefinition of marriage
(Oklahoma) -- The Osage Nation has voted to change the definition of marriage in an election that drew an overwhelming number of absentee ballots. The tribe will now...

3/20/2017

article Osage Nation votes ‘yes’ for gay marriage
(Oklahoma) -- Shouts of joy and hugs were abundant after the results of the Osage Nation’s 2017 Special Election were announced. In a historic vote, Osages voted...
article Cherokee Tribal Member Wants Tribe To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation voters approved to amend the tribe's definition of marriage from one-man-one-woman to "two persons." Now, the Cherokee Nation is...

3/19/2017

article Iqaluit resident applauds new transgender protection
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut has just passed an amendment to its human rights act giving transgender people greater protection. APTN spoke to one of the major motivations for...

3/17/2017

article Osage Nation to vote Monday on gay marriage question
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation voters will consider next week whether to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The tribe already recognizes gay marriages from other...

3/15/2017

article Iqaluit resident applauds new transgender protection
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut has just passed an amendment to its human rights act giving transgender people greater protection. APTN spoke to one of the major motivations for...

3/14/2017

article Indigenous languages recognize gender states not even named in English
(Canada) -- “Back in the old days,” Cat Criger, a Cayuga elder, recently told me, “our indigenous responsibilities were charted out for us like ‘...

3/6/2017

article Cherokee Nation Citizens May Have Opportunity to Vote on Same-sex Marriage in June Election
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council may vote to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in the nation’s June election. The issue of same-sex marriage...

2/25/2017

article James Smith Cree Nation to hold 1st ever LGBTQ pride dance Saturday
(Saskatchewan) -- The James Smith Cree Nation is holding its first ever pride dance to help promote acceptance and build confidence among LGBTQ youth. Coun. Stephanie...

2/20/2017

article Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal
(Chicago) -- Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study...

2/3/2017

article Eskasoni's Gender Sexuality Alliance helps high school students feel 'really loved'
(Nova Scotia) -- A group that advocates for young people regardless of gender or sexuality on the Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton says attitudes have evolved since...
article Indigenous perspective on Canada's 150th: 7 generations back and ahead
(Saskatchewan) -- The significance of 150 years goes beyond Canada's anniversary, says Paulete Poitras. Part of the knowledge Poitras has picked up in life is the...

2/1/2017

article Two Spirits and Allies Gather for Sixth Annual BAAITS Pow Wow
(California) -- The 6th Annual Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) pow wow is coming up this weekend and it’s sure to be one of the most popular on the...

1/31/2017

article Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine labels trans bathroom debate ‘silly nonsense
(Australia) -- Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine has labelled the debate around gender neutral bathrooms for trans people ‘silly nonsense’ during an interview...

1/25/2017

article Transgender woman from Nelson House, Man., attacked New Year's Day
(Manitoba) -- ​While ringing in the new year on a northern Manitoba reserve, a woman says she was brutally attacked for being transgender. Aalayna Spence, 22, said she...

1/20/2017

article Dancing in both worlds: Navigating life as a 2-spirited championship jigger and drag queen
(Winnipeg) -- Winnipeg's Ryan Richard is one of the most accomplished jiggers in Manitoba. He's won the Festival du Voyageur jigging championship several times,...

1/10/2017

article Homicide victim looked forward to starting new life, 'becoming her'
(South Dakota) -- Jamie Wounded Arrow was on the cusp of a better life. Though she faced addiction battles and run-ins with the court system, Wounded Arrow got out of a...
article Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow just became the second trans person reported murdered in 2017
(South Dakota) -- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28, was found dead in her Sioux Falls, S.D., apartment last Friday night by police, local station KSFY reported. Wounded Arrow...

1/9/2017

article Charges filed against man in death of Sioux Falls woman
(South Dakota) -- Charges have been filed against a Sioux Falls man in connection to the death of a woman in her apartment Jan. 1. Joshua Rayvan LeClaire was charged...
article Two-Spirit Woman Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow Is The Second Trans Murder Of 2017
(South Dakota) -- A transgender woman from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is the second transgender murder of 2017 from an apparent homicide.

1/5/2017

press release World’s only Two-Spirit Powwow scheduled for Feb. 4
(California) -- Saturday, February 4th, 2017, Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits 6th Annual powwow will be held at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San...

1/4/2017

article How Gwen Benaway faces her transgender future in her new poetry collection
(Canada) -- Gwen Benaway's latest poetry collection, Passage, runs deep. In traversing the Great Lakes, Benaway mirrors the paths of her ancestors. At the same time...

1/3/2017

article Feldman: Cherokees' gay-marriage law is rooted in tradition
(Oklahoma) -- THE CHEROKEE NATION, one of the largest registered Native American tribes in the United States, has officially decided to recognize same-sex marriage. The...

12/22/2016

article Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated
(Minnesota) -- When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in...

12/19/2016

article EDITORIALLY SPEAKING: Same-sex marriage ban falls in tribe
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to a Cherokee Nation attorney general opinion. Tribal AG Todd Hembree states in...
article Acceptance growing for two-spirited people, advocate says
(Saskatchewan) -- After years of struggle and change, there's more openness and acceptance of two-spirited Indigenous people, an advocate says. "Two spirit...

12/18/2016

article Indigenous languages recognize gender states not even named in English
(Canada) -- “Back in the old days,” Cat Criger, a Cayuga elder, recently told me, “our indigenous responsibilities were charted out for us like ‘...

12/12/2016

article Largest Native American Tribe in US Supports Marriage Equality
(Oklahoma) -- The tribe’s attorney general cited a long history of same-sex marriages within the Cherokee Nation. Twelve years ago, the Cherokee Nation declared...

12/9/2016

article Cherokee Nation Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Marriage
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will now recognize same-sex marriage, according to an opinion issued Friday by the tribe’s attorney general.

11/22/2016

article Minnesota Lawmaker Finds Strength in 'Two-Spirit' Identity
(Minnesota) -- For Representative Susan Allen of the Minnesota House of Representatives, it was the work of her parents that led to her own life of public service. Allen...

11/6/2016

article Eskasoni First Nation holds first Pride events
(Nova Scotia) -- Eskasoni First Nation will hold its first-ever Pride Day Saturday and co-ordinator Geordy Marshall said he and his cousin are the ones who got the ball...

10/31/2016

article This Native American Trans Beauty Queen is Reviving an Ancient Tradition
(Texas) -- Sage Chanell had always dreamed of playing the female role in her tribe’s stomp dance.It’s a ceremony that women more or less run, using shells on...

10/17/2016

article Supporting Two-Spirit/Native American LGBT People
(USA) -- Concepts of inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people are seen as relatively new in the United States, but many...

10/13/2016

article This Native American Trans Pageant Is Reviving an Ancient Tradition
(Oklahoma) -- Sage Chanell had always dreamed of playing the female role in her tribe’s stomp dance. It’s a ceremony that women more or less run, using...

10/11/2016

article This Native American Trans Pageant Is Reviving an Ancient Tradition
(Texas) -- Sage Chanell had always dreamed of playing the female role in her tribe’s stomp dance. It’s a ceremony that women more or less run, using shells...

9/7/2016

article Alleged gender discrimination at Prince Albert casino
(Saskatchewan) -- A Prince Albert woman is speaking out about what she calls transgender discrimination at the Northern Lights Casino. “It’s very hard on me...

9/5/2016

article Transgender woman asked for ID after using washroom in Prince Albert, Sask. casino
(Saskatchewan) -- A transgender woman living in Saskatoon is looking for change after experiencing what she calls a "discriminating" incident involving gender...

9/1/2016

article Windwalker: Medicine woman, musician, LGBTQ youth advocate
(California) -- Her charisma was irresistible. I wanted to know her the moment I saw her. We met at last year’s historic North Island Naval Air Station LGBTQ Pride...

8/27/2016

article Odawa, Kind Space work out safe LGBT fitness drop-in
(Ottawa) -- Members of Ottawa's LGBT community now have a safe, comfortable place of their own to exercise, thanks to a partnership between the Odawa Native...

8/25/2016

article Alberta First Nation to hold 1st Pride event on Morley reserve
(Alberta) -- The Morley reserve west of Calgary will hold its first Pride event this weekend. And according to one of the organizers, the First Nation community has been...

8/15/2016

article These rising filmmakers are finally bringing two-spirited stories to the screen
(Vancouver) -- Canada has a rich tradition of Indigenous filmmaking. But many of the resources and much of the interest have historically been focused on documentaries....

7/25/2016

article Two Spirit Native Dancers a Favorite at SF Pride March
(California) -- Out of the 250 groups invited to participate in this year's 46th annual SF LGBT Pride Parade, the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) was a...

7/21/2016

article BLOG: Why Non-Natives Appropriating “Two-Spirit” Hurts
(USA) -- I no longer can remember where or when I first heard the term “two-spirit.” I would like to imagine that it was a magical moment; that in that...

7/15/2016

article Fort Peck Tribe rescinds transgender bathroom policy amid criticism
(Montana) -- After coming under fire for its decision to limit transgender people to using the bathroom that matches their biological sex, the Fort Peck Tribal Council...

7/13/2016

article Native American 'Two Spirit' Uses Drag to Connect to His Roots
(Maine) -- "I'm weaving a basket right now," George Soctomah Neptune tells me over the phone. His boyfriend of one year, Matthias, is in the house with him...

7/10/2016

article Fabulously Indigenous: Drag Culture in Native America
(USA) -- Internet public radio station Native America Calling’s July 8th live call-in program, interviewed three popular indigenous female impersonators to talk...

7/2/2016

article Then and Now: 7 More Amazing Two-Spirit, LGBTQ Native People You Should Know
(USA) -- In celebration of Pride Month, ICTMN honors and recognizes pioneers in the LGBTQ community, both past and present. Honoring this Two Spirit/LGBTQ pride, here...

7/1/2016

article Transgender people in NWT may soon legally change gender without surgery
(Northwest Territories) -- Transgender people in the Northwest Territories might soon be able to legally change their gender markers without having to undergo gender...

6/27/2016

article How Jack Saddleback is reclaiming queer and transgender Indigenous identities
(Canada) -- Jack Saddleback​ remembers growing up on his home reserve of Samson Cree Nation, Alta., as "a time of pure happiness." "Within Cree culture...

6/20/2016

article (More Than) Prayers For Orlando: Taking Accountability For Our Own Role In Anti-Gay Violence
(Washington) -- Quick Story: I’ve told this story many times before. I have a lot of karma to pay, so I’ll probably tell it many more times. When we were...
article Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
(USA) -- It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men...

6/18/2016

article In Orlando's shadow, Native American Two Spirit group brings light to Pride
(Oregon) -- After a week of vigils and grieving, Candi Brings Plenty and Asa Wright topped their van with wooden poles and drove downtown to build a tepee for what was...
article Under the rainbow: an Indigenous perspective on the Orlando tragedy
(Canada) -- The LGBTQ2 (LGBT-Queer-Two-Spirited) and Indigenous communities have been intrinsically linked since time immemorial. So when news emerged of the tragedy at...

6/16/2016

article ROSS: (More Than) Prayers For Orlando: Taking Accountability For Our Own Role In Anti-Gay Violence
(Washington) -- Quick Story: I’ve told this story many times before. I have a lot of karma to pay, so I’ll probably tell it many more times. When we were...

6/14/2016

article Two-Spirit Awareness Day is Friday in Cass Lake
(Minnesota) -- A celebration Friday in Cass Lake will bring together Anishinaabe community members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer -- and anyone...

6/9/2016

article Historic pride parade on Saskatchewan First Nation
(Saskatchewan) -- For the first time in Saskatchewan history a First Nation is holding a pride festival. The Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation hosted a Two-Spirit...

6/3/2016

article Backlash on Native American Reservation Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
(Montana) -- As several U.S. states consider public bathroom policies similar to the one that passed in North Carolina this spring, a Native American reservation in...
article New documentary explores complexities of being LGBT in Inuit communities
(Nunavut) -- Here's a fun language lesson: the literal translation of an Inuktitut term for lesbian relationships is "two soft things rubbing against each other...

6/1/2016

article Saskatchewan First Nation holds its 1st Pride Festival in June
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan First Nation plans to celebrate indigenous sexual diversity with an inaugural Two-Spirited Pride Festival this summer.
article Two-Spirits Decolonizing Art celebrates LGBT artists for Pride week
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeggers gathered at Thunderbird House Wednesday night to celebrate art from the two-spirited community. Two-Spirited People of Manitoba held a lecture...

5/30/2016

article BLOG: On the Two Spirit Community
(New Jersey) -- While most people just use LGBTQ, the full acronym is LGBTQQIP2SAA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two...

5/29/2016

article Fort Peck Tribes oppose new directive on transgender students
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana are opposing a new federal directive that accommodates transgender students. Last week, the Department of...
article Now on CBC: ‘a gay native feminist comic raised by bikers’
(Toronto) -- It’s a warm Saturday afternoon and Candy Palmater is at home enjoying a day off from the hectic pace of preparing to host her new weekday afternoon...

5/26/2016

article Indian Tribe Passes New Transgender Bathroom Policy — and Activist Group Is Left ‘Very Sad and Disappointed’
(Montana) -- The Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana has adopted a transgender bathroom policy akin to North Carolina’s controversial bill — and the...

5/25/2016

article Fort Peck Tribe mirrors transgender bathroom policy after North Carolina law
(Montana) -- Tribal leaders of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have adopted a transgender bathroom policy that mirrors the controversial bill in North Carolina recently...

5/24/2016

article Proposed rule brings LGBT equality to Indian housing programs
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal housing agencies can't discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status under a proposal...

5/17/2016

article Proposed Rule Prohibits Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Native American and Native Hawaiian Programs
(Washington D.C.) -- HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) published a proposed rule to revise the Native American and Native Hawaiian programs by...
article New retreat for trans and gender diverse Aboriginal people
(Australia) -- A NATIONAL weekend retreat for trans and gender diverse Aboriginal people will be held for the first time in Victoria later this year.

5/4/2016

article Methodists are coming to Portland to talk homosexuality, reconciliation with Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Thousands of United Methodists will descend on Portland in the coming days to hash out key church issues, such as policies on gay clergy, during a 10-day...
article No data exists on suicide among gay and trans Indigenous Australians
(Australia) -- No data exists on the rate of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI people but the elevated risk is obvious and a lack of inclusion...

4/25/2016

article Photographer depicting LGBT Natives is coming out herself
(Alaska) -- Jenny Irene Miller’s photography project will tell the world about LGBT Alaska Natives — shapeshifters, she says — including herself....

4/19/2016

article Indigenous man overcame homophobia, co-founds first LGBTQ+ group in Squamish, B.C.
(British Columbia) -- When Trevor Blackman-Wulff was growing up in Squamish, B.C., he didn't fit the mould in the small logging town located between Vancouver and...

4/17/2016

article 2-spirited indigenous people: opening up the conversation
(Manitoba) -- A welcoming-in ceremony for the LGBT — or two-spirited — relatives in our community is one of the more powerful memories I have of being at a...
article Women of the Navajo Calendar Reject Trans Woman
(New Mexico) -- Recently, a beautiful Indigenous woman, Sharnell Paul, was barred from being featured in the Women of the Navajo calendar for being transgender.

4/13/2016

article Actor Ellen Page attends two-spirit gathering in Batoche, Sask.
(Saskatoon) -- From Juno and X-Men to now starring in Viceland's Gaycation, Ellen Page brought a film crew to Batoche, Sask., last summer for four-day international...

4/8/2016

article Indian Health Service to discuss Two Spirit issues in teleconference
(USA) -- The Indian Health Service will hold a teleconference next month to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Two Spirit issues in Indian Country.

4/1/2016

article Two-Spirit: Portraiture Project Tells Stories of Alaska Native LGBTQ Peoples
(Alaska) -- The photographs, accompanied by short personal stories, written by the highlighted subjects, will explore what it means to be Alaska Native LGBTQ | Two-...

3/28/2016

article Crownpoint principal recorded making disparaging remarks towards Navajos, gay men in meeting
(New Mexico) -- Last week, audio footage was released of Crownpoint High School principal, Dr. J.D. Reed, who made a series of disparaging remarks about several members...

3/18/2016

article Man's death follows harassment for being gay
(Wyoming) -- When Jason Marsden was invited to speak in Gillette about issues facing Wyoming’s gay community, the Matthew Shepard Foundation director saw it as an...

3/9/2016

article Family members say suicide of a Wyoming gay man result of bullying
(Wyoming) -- On Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Gillette police were contacted by a woman looking for a friend of hers. She told police she'd last talked to him when he said...

3/3/2016

article Governor vetoes transgender bill opposed by Indian lawmakers
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) on Tuesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have barred transgendered public school students from using the...

2/17/2016

article Native Sun News: Lakota elders debate tribal marriage traditions
(South Dakota) -- Several elders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe questioned a memo that made same sex marriage legal on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, arguing that it is...

2/3/2016

article Juneau becomes Montana's 1st openly gay candidate for federal office
(Montana) -- Denise Juneau has won two statewide elections as a Native American woman. As the 48-year-old congressional candidate ramps up her campaign against first-...

1/25/2016

article Q&A with Jack Saddleback: 'Excited about the future' for trans, gay, indigenous people
(Canada) -- A motivational speaker is in Corner Brook Monday to speak about overcoming barriers in his experience as a Cree, two-spirit, transgender, gay man. Jack...

12/18/2015

article Businessman Massey Whiteknife on transitioning into ‘two-spirited’ artist Iceis Rain
(Manitoba) -- Growing up in the tiny northern Alberta hamlet of Conklin, Massey Whiteknife was always a performer – he would sing and dance along with cassette...

12/11/2015

article National LGBT2S Tribal Day of Action
(Washington D.C.) -- Today is a special day. Today is the first National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two Spirit (LGBT2S) Tribal Day of Action on the...

12/10/2015

article Here’s What It’s Like To Grow Up Gay And Indigenous In Australia
(Australia) -- “At 16 the boys would call me abo, faggot, poofter. That was really detrimental to my psychological health and really played a huge role in my...

12/9/2015

article Navajo member fights for equality
(Arizona) -- While many American citizens were busy celebrating on June 26, members of the Navajo Nation were not able to rejoice. For Navajo tribal members, same-sex...

11/28/2015

article This woman is fighting for gay marriage in one of the only U.S. places where it’s still illegal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court in the summer ruled that no state could keep same-sex couples from marrying — but there are still some places in the United States...

11/27/2015

article Gay marriage is legal but not on tribal lands
(Arizona) -- Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move...

11/25/2015

article Native American takes tribe to court to fight for same-sex marriage
(Arizona) -- The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage does not apply to Native American reservations. One American Indian is taking her tribe...

11/11/2015

article ‘Two Spirits’ is shown in honor of Native American Heritage Month
(West Virginia) -- The United States of America is a melting pot of cultures. The film, "Two Spirits", portrays two important cultures of this country, the...
article Shunned Gay Teen Wins Lottery, Homophobic Parents Now Demanding Part Of His Winnings
(USA) -- Would you give any of your lottery winnings to your homophobic parents who shunned you as a teenager? That’s the question Redditor Idontwanttogiveitup was...

11/6/2015

article Aboriginal gay men don't always get HIV testing because of stigma
(British Columbia) -- Health professionals say that aboriginal gay men don't access health care because of the stigma related to HIV infection, gender non-conformity...

10/31/2015

article Grand Ronde Tribe Allows Same Sex Marriages
(Oregon) -- Last week the Grand Ronde Tribal Council passed an ordinance allowing members to marry in the Tribal Court. The ordinance specifically includes a non-...

10/20/2015

article Native Americans Facing HIV Find Power in Two-Spirit Identity
(USA) -- "When I came out when I was 17, I thought that I had to make a choice between being gay and being Native -- the two were not reconcilable," said...

10/19/2015

article Artists intersect heritage, queerness
(New York) -- October is NYU’s pride month, and in the aftermath of the ill-conceived Columbus Day, three queer performing artists graced the stage at “...

10/16/2015

article Radford: Q and A with a transgender tribal member
(Oregon) -- Alex Radford, 28, is a Umatilla tribal member who lives in Pendleton. He was born Athena Radford, and for the last two months has been transitioning his...

10/6/2015

article Ak-Chin woman sues tribe to recognize same-sex marriage
(Arizona) -- A member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community in a same-sex marriage is suing the tribe to recognize the union. American Indian tribes as sovereign nations are...
article ‘Two Spirit People’ — UMass Amherst Urges Students To Know ‘Transgender Terminology’
(Massachusetts) -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst advises students to be aware of their “gender-normative privilege” and to know the proper...

10/5/2015

article Two-spirit: Reviving tradition while looking to the future
(Montana) -- When Joseph Strike came out to his parents, it was in front of his entire family. In the midst of a huge dinner, Strike’s relatives were cluttered in...

10/2/2015

article Ak-Chin woman sues tribe to recognize same-sex marriage
(Arizona) -- A member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community in a same-sex marriage is suing the tribe to recognize the union. American Indian tribes as sovereign nations are...

8/18/2015

article Gay marriage discouraged within American Indian tribes
(USA) -- Celebrations from this summer’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage haven’t quite reached all corners of the 50 states — specifically...

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...

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