Dear Community & Supporters,
The Phoenix Indian Center (PIC) has declined Miss Indian Transgender Arizona’s request to participate in the Native Royalty Event on March 29th (today) at Alhambra High School from 6-8pm. You can view an email exchange between Miss Indian Transgender Arizona, Trudie Jackson (Pageant Director), and Freddie Johnson (PIC Cultural Specialist) below.
These emails show we have a lot of work to do with the Phoenix Indian Center when it comes to being inclusive of the Native LGBT community. Write to Freddie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org and Patricia Hibbeler (CEO of Phoenix Indian Center) email@example.com and tell them how you feel about them shunning our community’s royalty. An email, no matter how brief or long can make an impact. Please consider taking the time to send one.
If you send a letter please consider carbon copying or blind copying me. I won’t publish or forward the emails without asking permission first (as you can see I asked permission to forward this email in the letter posted on NativeOUT.com).
Feel free to forward this email.
Miss Indian Transgender Arizona isn’t going to show up to the event. She’s a lady and doesn’t want to cause drama. Trudie and I are attending this event tonight, not to cause drama, but to show that we are just as much apart of this community as everyone else. Join us!
From: Jackson, Trudie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 3:12 PM
To: Freddie Johnson
Cc: *** ANGEL ***
My name is Trudie Jackson and I am the Pageant Director for theÂ Â Â Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant.
I would like to have the current Miss Indian Transgender Arizona, Angel Manuel make
an appearance at the upcoming event.
This is the 2nd Year, this Pageant has been held. Miss Indian TG Arizona advocates for Native American GLBT Communities in the State of Arizona as well, as represent the State in other parts of the Country.
You could contact Angel at email@example.com for request her attendance.
If you have any questions, regarding this requesting, please feel free to contact me.
From: Freddie Johnson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 3:35 PM
To: Jackson, Trudie
Cc: Bitsuie, Jolyana; Patti Hibbeler
Subject: RE: Royalties
March 26, 2007
We appreciate your interests in our upcoming event (March 29, 2007). This event was planned out in the interest of promoting, encouraging, and strengthening our Native American families throughÂ Â Â language and culture. We feel that this event is neither the appropriate time nor place for Miss Indian Transgender Arizona. The event is being sponsored to showcase the talent of our NativeÂ Â Â American Queens and Princesses through the titles that they hold by representing their tribes and schools. This is a family event where our children will understand the importance of language and culture through the titles that these young ladies hold, the power that is instilled within them.
We appreciate your interest in our event, however; we regretfullyÂ Â Â have to decline Miss Indian Transgender Arizona’s presence. We hope that you understand our decision and our intentions of this event and wish you well in your future endeavors.
4520 N. Central Ave Suite 250
Phoenix AZ 85012
(602)264-6768 ext: 2305
From: Angel Manuel [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:36 PM
Cc: Jackson, Trudie
Subject: RE: FW: Royalties
Good Afternoon Mr. Johnson. I just wanted to email you in regards to your email sent to Trudie Jackson, who is the promoter for the Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant. I did receive a copy of the email that you sent to her and had a view things that I wanted to say.
First of all, from what I gather, this event is a public event that you have put on for Native Royalty and you stated as quoted: “This event was planned out in the interest of promoting, encouraging, and strengthening our Native American families through language and culture.” Well, I too am Native American and from the Tohono O’odham Nation. I am for promoting, encouraging, and strengthening our Native American families through language and culture. Do you feel that because who I am as an individual (being transgendered, gay, bi, or a lesbian) that I don’t have these values as well? Does me beingÂ Â different and unique make me a non-Native American who is able to set good examples? Although you might have stereotype issues that your program has yet to deal with, this should not make a difference.
“The event is being sponsored to showcase the talent of our Native American Queens and Princesses through the titles that they hold by representing their tribes and schools.” In regards to this, I’d like to say that I too have talent. I have learned so much over the years growing up on the Tohono O’odham Nation and have shared with many people my talents during and after the pageant. I have 2Â Â sisters who have held titles on the T.O. Nation and we have learned to sing & dance traditionally. Again I ask, does me being a member of the GLBT Community make me less Native? Does my community and who I am not deserve to be represented? You know…it’s strange (but not unusual) that we are feared and rejected by our own people. Can you believe that? Our own people! Sad, but true. Although I may be upset and surprised that your program too is one to push your people away because of their uniqueness and individuality, I guess I can sayÂ that I have to just let it be. If the rest of the world is doing it,Â then why should you change? Right?
“This is a family event where our children will understand the importance of language and culture through the titles that these young ladies hold, the power that is instilled within them.” Family event? How clever. I won this title with my whole family in attendance. My mother, stepfather, 7 brothers & sister and close relatives. My siblings understand the importance of language andÂ Â Â culture because we have been taught by the older people in our family and we continue to stress the importance of our heritage. But, I guess because I am part of the GLBT community, you all might think that all I wanna do is come and prance around as royalty and that I hold no importance to my family and community. As I saidÂ Â Â before, my family has supported and learned to accept who I am as an individual and they have all grown to love me for who I am. I also have many supporters throughout my tribe and across Arizona. To hear that you feel I shouldn’t come because of my uniqueness and my differences, truly made me realize how it’s true that some of our own PEOPLE have yet to realize that we are in a new time…and as time passes, people do too…well some anyway.
In fact…since this event is public. I just should show up. I don’t have to be a part of the program or say a word, but I can come in my attire, backed with my supporters and my LOVING, and ACCEPTING FAMILY. All 8 siblings, my parents, and who knows who else.
WOW…That would be a site! I wonder if they’d recognize just who I am then?
Anyhow, I just thought I’d send you my comments and let you know howÂ Â Â I felt about your response. I hope all goes well tomorrow! MaybeÂ Â Â we’ll run into each other! And maybe we wont.
Please feel free to email me. Hope to hear from you soon!
Angel – Miss Indian Transgendered Arizona
Quoting “Jackson, Trudie” <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I am forwarding this to Louva at Native Out.
Louva, PIC is sponsoring a Native Royalty Event for March 29th atÂ Â Â Alhambra High
School from 6-8pm. With more publicity, maybe Phoenix Indian Center will apologize forÂ Â Â their comments. I am very impressed with the content of your email.
Continue to remain strong as we are the pioneers and breaking down barriers for future generations.
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:14 AM
To: Jackson, Trudie
Cc: Angel Manuel
Subject: Re: FW: FW: Royalties
One more thing…can I forward this email exchange around and post it on NativeOUT? People will want to write to PIC to show their disproval of how they handled this.
—– Forwarded message from email@example.com —–
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 09:27:21 -0700
From: “Jackson, Trudie” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: “Jackson, Trudie” <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: FW: FW: Royalties
Cc: Angel Manuel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thanks for responding. I don’t see a problem with you distributing it. The person in charge of the event is Freddie Johnson. This will allow Native LGBT members aware of how PIC is towards us. I was planning to show up there this evening to check it out. Alhambra is located on 24th Street, south of Camelback. See you there at 6pm.
NativeOUT Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Articles:
2006 Miss Indian Transgender Arizona – http://nativeout.com/content/view/175/2/
2007 Miss Indian Transgender Arizona Pageant – http://nativeout.com/content/view/188/2/
Audio released from radio program on Native Transgenders – http://nativeout.com/content/view/158/2/
Q & A with Pageant Director of Miss Indian Transgender Arizona – http://nativeout.com/content/view/190/2/
Pictures from 2006 Miss Indian Transgender Arizona – http://nativeout.com/component/option,com_zoom/Itemid,46/catid,12/