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Why two-spirit, trans writer Arielle Twist is afraid of love

As a Cree, two-spirit and transgender woman, Arielle Twist has every reason to be afraid of love. "I feel like love, for me, right now is love outside of sexual relationships," she said. "I'm trying to figure out how to navigate being a sexual person but also dealing with the things that have been happening in my relationships."

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8/18/2019

article Native American Tribes Are Wrestling With Decision To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
(Indian Country) -- While across the U.S. same-sex marriage has been legal for four years, some Native American tribes still fail to recognize it. Tribes are empowered...

8/14/2019

article LGBTQ rights activists push the Navajo Nation to repeal its same-sex marriage ban
(Utah) -- Activists are pressing Navajo Nation leaders to repeal a longstanding ban on same-sex marriage and expand protections for LGBTQ people on tribal lands.

8/9/2019

article Young, indigenous and two-spirit: resisting the backlash against our rights
(Canada) -- I am a young, Indigenous activist from the settler-state of Canada, residing on the stolen lands of three Indigenous nations: the Haudenosaunee, the...

8/4/2019

article Q&A: What does gender mean to you?
(British Columbia) -- Vancouver is celebrating Pride week, and so is CBC. Gloria Macarenko, host of On the Coast, spoke with three people⁠ — all of whom live...

8/3/2019

article MTV’s Catfish 'Native American Love Story' getting considerable backlash
(Arizona) -- MTV released it’s latest season seven episode of a “Native American Love Story” in which a Navajo woman and single mother Shirlene was led...

8/2/2019

article Push For LGBT Protection Follows Pine Ridge Marriage Legalization
(South Dakota) -- Proponents are looking to pass a hate-crime amendment to tribal law on the Pine Ridge Reservation. If passed, it would protect LGBT people and others...

7/29/2019

article The Oglala Sioux Tribe Legalized Gay Marriage
(South Dakota) -- An American indigenous tribe in South Dakota has become the first one in the state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Oglala Sioux made the...

7/25/2019

article Some tribes slow to recognize same-sex marriages
(Oklahoma) -- Joshua Whittington had long planned to work with his tribe to adopt a child. But when the enrolled Chickasaw started reviewing tribal laws, he made a...

7/21/2019

article 6 Life Lessons I Learned From My Son About Raising Happy, Healthy Transgender Children
(USA) -- When my child came to me at the age of four and said that he felt he was living his life as a lie, I was shocked.I wasn't shocked by the notion that my...

7/20/2019

article Native lesbian couple overjoyed about Oglala Sioux Tribe same-sex marriage ruling
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe says they're making history by becoming the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. In June 2015, the U.S...

7/19/2019

article Dating (or usually not) as trans & Two Spirit
(Montana) -- Although some trans women are very self-critical, most aren't shallow since so many have been looked down upon by society after coming out. Reading...

7/16/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage, considering updated hate crime law
(South Dakota) -- Monique "Muffie" Mousseaux and Felipa DeLeon have talked about returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation to renew their vows after the Oglala...

7/13/2019

article Puyallup Indians recognize their gay and lesbian members with Pride events
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is embracing its gay and lesbian members, and it’s doing it in a big way. Although the tribe recognized same-sex...

7/10/2019

article Should Prisons Pay For Sex Reassignment Surgery?
(Idaho) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule soon on the case of Adree Edmo, a transgender women who is seeking sex reassignment surgery while...

7/8/2019

article Episode 1: "I'm Not A Monster Like Most People Think"
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7/7/2019

article SUZAN HARJO: A Native teenager at the Stonewall Gay Power Protest, June 28, 1969
(New York) -- I cannot be sure that my brother, Rick, was the only Native teenager at Stonewall, but he told he didn’t see any others. Rick was my baby brother,...

7/4/2019

article The Journey Of Nyla Rose
(USA) -- In recent years, the world of professional wrestling has started to see a rise in LGBTQ+ talent. Not only has it been seen on the independents, but it has also...

6/27/2019

article As a Young Native American, I Internalized This Country’s Homophobia
(New York) -- I am a two-spirit Native trans woman of Mohawk descent. I chair the department of secondary education at a tribal college in Montana and work successfully...

6/26/2019

article A Gay Icon Remembers Life in the Village, and in the Village People
(New York) -- Felipe Rose was just beginning high school in New York City when the Stonewall resistance kicked off in 1969. A native New Yorker, he was living in Coney...
article Trans indigenous women eke out a tough living in Colombia
(Colombia) -- When Erika Aisama decided to live as a transgender woman in an indigenous community in Colombia, the punishment was brutal: her father shaved her head and...

6/23/2019

article Edmonton couple excited to raise two-spirit awareness on Amazing Race Canada
(Edmonton) -- From worry to excitement, an Edmonton couple competing in Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada has gone through a flurry of emotions. "I think one of...

6/19/2019

article MMoCA Hosts Queer Native Artist Jeffrey Gibson’s “Like a Hammer”
(Wisconsin) -- The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) will host queer Native American artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first major museum exhibition, “Like A...

6/18/2019

article NAC: Native LGBTQ2 artistic expression
(Indian Country) -- Native artists frequently reference tribal traditions in their work. Native LGBTQ2 artists also turn to the joys and challenges of their sexual...

6/17/2019

article A place in the circle : 2-spirit people seek visibility and supports
(Saskatchewan) -- Brook Garner grew up feeling isolated. As one of the only First Nations children in his rural Saskatchewan community, he felt alone.
article Two-spirit elder a first for Alberta LGBT2S summer camp
(Alberta) -- Young people attending Camp fYrefly will have the support of a two-spirit elder — a first for the LGBTQ2S summer camp. Camp fYrefly is a four-day...
article 'We need to be visible': Two-spirit powwow gives dancers a place to be themselves
(Saskatchewan) -- Growing up as a young dancer, Jack Saddleback always wanted to dance the traditional chicken dance style in powwows. Because of the gender norms at the...

6/13/2019

article Ozaawindib, the Ojibwe Trans Woman the US Declared a Chief
(Minnesota) -- On July 16th, 1832, a council meeting was held in the Ojibwe village on Gaa-Miskwaawaakokaag (which had only recently been assigned the English name...

6/12/2019

article Native American Drag Star Lady Shug Is More Than Glamour
(Las Vegas) -- Lady Shug, also known as Ky Victor and one of our Champions of Pride, is a 30-something nonbinary queer who uses the pronouns she, her, they, and them. A...

6/7/2019

article LA Pride Kicks Off With Special Blessing by "Two Spirit" Native Americans
(California) -- In a first for Los Angeles Pride, this year’s festivities will begin with a special blessing, led by activist L. Frank Manriquez, a member of the...

6/3/2019

article 'Champions of Pride': Native Americans celebrated for work in LGBTQ community
(Indian Country) -- With Pride Month upon the nation, The Advocate magazine named Champions of Pride from every state and Native Americans and Indigenous people are well...

5/27/2019

article University of Winnipeg Two-Spirit Archives a first in Canada
(Winnipeg) -- The decades-long history of the two-spirit movement here in Manitoba and throughout North America is now being saved and preserved at the University of...

5/26/2019

article 'I own it': Transgender drag queen Quanah Style on living her dream
(Canada) -- Quanah Style is a Cree drag queen from Vancouver who was featured in the second season of CBC's Canada's a Drag. She's a triple threat —...

5/21/2019

article A federal inmate threatened another for being gay. Then guards moved them into the same cell.
(Colorado) -- The stepmother of inmate Alec Arapahoe called the prison facility where he was incarcerated to relay a message. It was early August 2014.

5/20/2019

article Transgender inmate says surgery is life or death. Idaho officials say it’s more complex
(Idaho) -- On a late afternoon in September 2015, a 27-year-old transgender inmate named Adree Edmo wrote a note in her cinder block prison cell in Idaho. She wanted to...

5/8/2019

article Deaf, two-spirited Indigenous painter in Regina uses art to overcome challenges
(Saskatchewan) -- Torrie Ironstar has not spoken a word in the 33 years he has been alive. Ironstar was born deaf. He likes to tease and share jokes, but does so through...

4/29/2019

article Arielle Twist explores grief in her poetry and finds a home in the Indigenous arts community
(Canada) -- Disintegrate/Dissociate marks a powerful debut for Arielle Twist, a young two-spirit transgender writer from George Gordon First Nation. The Cree poet first...

4/6/2019

article Two-Spirit: Meet the Native Americans embracing their LGBT+ tribe members
(Arizona) -- The sound of drums, singing and prayers marks the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon. Marchers carry the flags of the United States and...

4/3/2019

article Why two-spirit, trans writer Arielle Twist is afraid of love
(Canada) -- As a Cree, two-spirit and transgender woman, Arielle Twist has every reason to be afraid of love. "I feel like love, for me, right now is love outside...

3/29/2019

article For many Native Americans, embracing LGBT members is a return to the past
(Arizona) -- The sound of drums, singing and prayers marked the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon this month. Marchers carried the flags of the...

3/25/2019

article Indigenous, LGBTQ people disproportionately homeless, Quebec survey finds
(Montreal) -- Immigrants, Indigenous people and members of the LGBTQ community are disproportionately represented among Quebec's homeless population, according to...

3/22/2019

article Idaho Transgender Inmate Surgery Postponed Until Appeals Court Decision
(Idaho) -- A federal appeals panel has granted the state of Idaho’s request to postpone sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate. The inmate’s case...

3/11/2019

article Arizona's first Two Spirit Powwow opens the way for acceptance of Native LGBTQ community
(Arizona) -- The first time John Sneezy danced in a two spirit powwow he was nervous and scared, even though he has been a dancer for more than 30 years. He put on the...

3/10/2019

article Arizona's first Native Two Spirit, LGBTQ Powwow coming to South Mountain Community College
(Arizona) -- In most powwow dances, dancers are divided into male or female categories. There is no other. "I know how heteronormative it is," said Sheila...

2/12/2019

article Political art from Native artists, personal works from an LGBTQ artist, and other shows worth your time
(Minnesota) -- A year ago, All My Relations Gallery presented a powerful exhibition, curated by local artist Angela Two Stars, themed around the Missing and Murdered...

2/9/2019

article Why two-spirit, trans writer Arielle Twist is afraid of love
(Canada) -- As a Cree, two-spirit and transgender woman, Arielle Twist has every reason to be afraid of love. "I feel like love, for me, right now is love outside...

2/3/2019

article Shane Ortega on his lowest moment
(UK) -- Shane Ortega was the first person in the United States military to transition on active duty. As a committed member of the indigenous community, he also...

1/26/2019

article LGBT Navajos Discover Unexpected Champions: Their Grandparents
(Arizona) -- When she was 5 years old, Michelle Sherman learned exactly what her mother thought of gay men. "I remember seeing two guys holding hands, and then my...

1/10/2019

article Transgender woman claims casino guard confronted her for using women’s restroom
(Mississippi) -- Rarely a week goes by that Alexus Tate isn't feeling lucky, which means a lot of trips to Gold Strike Casino in Tunica County. "I go every week...

12/23/2018

article A Cree doctor's caring approach for transgender patients
(British Columbia) -- "I'm nervous," confides Allen Rodico, 33, as he and his wife, Melanie Hamlag, sit down in a small room tucked away in James Makokis...

12/13/2018

article (Indigenous) Governance is Gay
(Canada) -- I intended to be an economist. Actually, I intended to be a business woman and being an economist was a compromise because I could not manage a high enough...

12/11/2018

article Black Belt Eagle Scout Is Using Heartbreak To Create Rock Anthems About Queer Love
(Canada) -- Queer indigenous activist and musician Black Belt Eagle Scout is creating anthemic rock songs while proudly standing in the sunbeams of their intersectional...

12/5/2018

article Navajo artist blends indigenous and queer identities
(New Mexico) -- This past Friday, the University of New Mexico Arts Research Technology Science (ARTS) Lab hosted an artist talk and performance event featuring Ryan...

11/30/2018

article Native American Two Spirit concept explained at Rainbow Center
(Connecticut) -- Thursday afternoon, as the Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch Lecture of the week, Sheldon Raymore, an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate and member of the...

11/24/2018

article This Two-Spirited Cherokee is bringing awareness to Indigenous women's #MeToos
(Oklahoma) -- Jen Deerinwater is a bisexual, two-spirit, and disabled Citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Recently, they took to Twitter to share their #MeToo...

11/20/2018

article 5 Two-Spirit Heroes Who Paved the Way for Today's Native LGBTQ+ Community
(USA) -- In the 1990s, Indian Country (as we called it) was a very different place for Native Americans. Our rural communities were isolated, with communication limited...

11/9/2018

article "Matthew Shepard Is Part Of Our Tribe" The Two Spirit Movement On Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- Growing up on the Wind River Reservation, bullies often picked on Terrence Brown. "The time where I did stand up for myself was in the sixth grade,...

10/30/2018

article Artist Jeffrey Gibson Merges His Queer and Native American Identities
(New York) -- What we wear has always served as a means to wield power. With wigs and makeup, drag queens summon larger-than-life alter egos; with a colored handkerchief...

10/28/2018

article Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality
(Arizona) -- Tradition remains law here on the land of Navajo Nation, a Native American territory occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. And the words of...

10/27/2018

article LGBT candidates in the midterm elections leading the Rainbow Wave
(USA) -- The Democratic Party hopes to paint Congress in blue at the midterm elections—but there is more than one colour in the spectrum of candidates hoping to win...
article Video games have a queer past – and it’s finally being recognised
(USA) -- The role of video games in queer communities is finally being recognised – but it’s almost too late. For 30 years, GLAAD, a leading advocate for...

10/26/2018

article Reflections on Standing Rock and Our Queer Mother Earth
(North Dakota) -- Nearly two years have passed since my trip to Standing Rock soon after the October 27 raids. I had been publishing about the Dakota Access pipeline for...

10/11/2018

article Billy-Ray Belcourt on writing an 'instruction manual for a queer Indigenous future'
(Alberta) -- Rhodes Scholar and PhD student Billy-Ray Belcourt hails from Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta. His debut collection of poetry, This Wound is a World, merges...

10/9/2018

article 8 LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Native Americans Changing the World
(USA) -- Before Europeans invaded the Americas, also known as Turtle Island, in 1492, the land was host to a breathtaking diversity of Indigenous peoples and cultures.

9/13/2018

article Indigenous LGBTQ people face visibility issues, major service gaps, MMIWG inquiry hears
(Nunavut) -- A glaring gap in supports for LGBTQ and two-spirit Indigenous people is putting them at risk of harm, commissioners heard at the third day of hearings for...

8/25/2018

article 2-spirit Cree advocate encourages young people with release of new book
(Canada) -- A two-spirit advocate in the James Bay region of Quebec is hoping to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth and to encourage them to speak up...

8/4/2018

article A ‘Rainbow Wave’? 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever
(Kansas) -- Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump...
article Davids makes appearance in voter event in KCK
(Kansas) -- Sharice Davids, one of six Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, 3rd District, today participated in the “Souls to the Polls” voter turnout...

7/24/2018

article Jason Mraz Slammed for ‘Two Spirit’ Bisexuality Explanation
(USA) -- The LGBTQ community welcomed Jason Mraz with open arms earlier this month when the "I'm Yours" singer officially came out as bisexual, but another...

7/22/2018

article Sharice Davids: America’s First Openly LGBTQ Native American Congresswoman?
(Kansas) -- When it comes to demographics, Congress is notoriously homogenous. Even with incrementally increasing diversity, never before has an openly LGBTQ woman of...
article Let’s Take a Deep Dive Into What It Means to Identify as ‘Two-Spirit’
(USA) -- In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz came out as bisexual but said his wife “calls it ‘...

7/18/2018

article Native American Trans Inmates Reveal Abuses
(Hawaii) -- Each time Cathy Kapua, a transgender Native Hawaiian inmate who was serving time in a men’s prison for an offense committed when she was male, was...

7/11/2018

article Two Spirit Awareness Day held on BSU campus
(Minnesota) -- About 50 people showed up to Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center on Wednesday at the fifth-annual Two Spirit Awareness Day, and...

7/9/2018

article AIRC plans ‘Two Spirit’ event this week
(Minnesota) -- The American Indian Resource Center will host a parade and informational bazaar Wednesday to raise awareness of “Two Spirit” American Indians...

6/30/2018

article The Healing History Of Two-Spirit, A Term That Gives LGBTQ Natives A Voice
(North Dakota) -- Beverly Little Thunder remembers her community’s reaction when she first came out on the Standing Rock reservation in the 1980s. “I was...

6/29/2018

article Soldotna shows its Pride: Two Spirit march shows love for LGBTQ community
(Alaska) -- Carrying signs, flashing smiles and eliciting the occasional friendly smile or honk from passing cars, approximately 60 rainbow-clad marchers made history...
article Two-spirit thriller North Mountain to have theatrical premiere in Toronto
(Toronto) -- After three years on the film festival circuit, a two-spirit action thriller is having its theatrical debut in Toronto. North Mountain, a two-spirit...

6/26/2018

article LGBTQ Navajo Nation members plan Pride event, hope to send message to tribal leaders
(Arizona) -- This weekend, a first-of-its-kind special event will kick off in the Navajo Nation to celebrate the LGBTQ and two-spirit community. Pride is normally a...

6/24/2018

article Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage
(Arizona) -- As a child, Timothy “Twix” Ward, thought he was “normal.” But his family saw something “special” about him. Ward is a...
article Two-spirit Anishinaabe dancer called to dance powwow
(Winnipeg) -- Gayle Pruden puts on her beaded hair ties and necklace as she gets ready to dance in Winnipeg's 2nd annual two-spirit powwow. Putting on her regalia...

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...

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