SAN FRANCISCO — After a week in Northern California for San Francisco Pride and the 17th Annual International Two-Spirit Gathering, the Directors of NativeOUT of Phoenix, Arizona have returned refreshed, refocused, and inspired.
The 35th anniversary of San Francisco Pride was especially significant for Native American GLBTs, as it was a year of many firsts. This year, Randy Burns was the first Native American Grand Marshal in the history of the San Francisco Pride Parade. Randy Burns, a Paiute Indian, founded Gay American Indians (GAI), with the late Barbara Cameron, 30 years ago. The organization served the Native American lesbian and gay community in the San Francisco bay area. Since the formation of GAI, Randy has been a dedicated member of the national GLBT Native American community.
Another historical first was the largest ever Two-Spirit contingent, with approximately 70 participants, in the San Francisco Pride Parade. Two-Spirit, is a modern English-language term used by many Native American GLBTs to describe the dynamic balance of masculine and feminine energies within them.