On January 26, 2006 the Native America Calling Radio Show aired a show on Native American Transgenders. The audio from the show is now archived in our media center.
Here is a summary about the show:
Thursday, January 26 – Transgender Natives
Before the arrival of Europeans, “two-spirited” or transgender people played an active role in some tribal communities. Some tribes held them in high esteem because they had special psychic and healing powers. Over the years the role of a transgender has changed in those same tribal communities. Today, transgendered people have a difficult time being accepted by society. They experience violence and living a life of isolation. How does your tribe acknowledge transgender or two-spirited people? Guests are Trudie Jackson (Navajo), Outreach Coordinator of the Native American Pathways Program; Angel Manuel (Tohono O’odham), Miss Indian Transgender Arizona; Ashliana Hawelu (Cherokee/Native Hawaiian), Executive Director of Kulia Na Mamo. Callers include Tomasina Grey (Navajo), a Native LGBT rights activist, and Wesley Thomas (Navajo), an Anthropologist at Indiana University.
Note: Trudie Jackson and Angel Manuel were interviewed for the “Crying Game” article, on Native Transgenders, published by the Phoenix New Times http://nativeout.com/content/view/146/55/. Caller Tomasina Grey is a Native LGBT rights activist fighting against the Dine’ Marriage Act of 2005 http://www.dinecoalition.com/ and homophobia on the Navajo Nation http://nativeout.com/content/view/153/55/. Caller Wesley Thomas has extensive experience working with the Native American LGBT community, Two-Spirit gatherings, and has written papers/books on Navajo male weavers and Two-Spirit people http://nativeout.com/content/section/13/60/.