Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) is celebrating Native American Heritage Month with a panel discussion and celebration of LGBT and Two-Spirit Native American people on Friday November 18, 2005 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the SF LGBT Center, located at 1800 Market Street in San Francisco.
“This will be a great opportunity for us to discuss what it means to be LGBT and/or Two-Spirit in our own tribal communities, and in context of the greater LGBT rights movement, said Miko Thomas, Co-Chair of BAAITS. ” Part of the discussion will focus on how our personal identities affect our cultural interactions. What does it mean to be Two-Spirit, and what does it mean to be LGBT? And, part of the discussion also will address the marriage equality movement and its impact on tribal politics.”
Molly McKay, Field Director for the Northern California Office of EQCA, shares Thomas’ enthusiasm about discussing marriage equality, stating, “We would love to hear from Native American LGBT and Two-Spirit people about how the marriage equality movement affects their lives and how EQCA can integrate those experiences into its mission.”
The LGBT Center is proud to co-host this event. “The Center is very excited to partner with BAAITS in celebrating Native American Heritage month,” said Roberto OrdeÃ±ana, Director of Community Programs for The Center. “Tragically, Native American history has been ignored, or worse, expunged from the annals of history. We are proud to sponsor an event that will bring the lives of LGBT Native people out of the closet of history. Through this recognition, we not only honor these rich personal stories, but also build connections and strengthen the fabric of the entire LGBT community.”
The celebration event is co-sponsored by BAAITS, the SF LGBT Center, and Equality California (EQCA). This event is free of charge and open to the public. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Native Americans, American Indians, Two-Spirit and LGBT people are especially encouraged to attend this event.
Contact: Miko Thomas (415) 756-6680
Marcus Arana (415) 408-8176