Harmony Knott, Co-Director
Connie Merasty, Co-Director
Albert McLeod, Co-Director
Kelly Houle, Co-Director
Alaya McIvor, Co-Director
Keeping the Fires Burning Award Recipients 2012
Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.
Prior to 1987, most indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in North America were relatively invisible within their own communities and remained on the fringes of the gay liberation movement. In 1988, the first alcohol and drug-free gathering of Native American and Canadian Aboriginal LGBT people was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Participants from across North America committed to continue sharing their experiences and cultures by hosting future gatherings in their respective regions.
At the 1990 gathering near Beausejour, Manitoba, Myra Laramee introduced the term "Two-Spirit", which was quickly adopted by many of the participants. The new name, with its cultural and spiritual dimensions, became a phenomenon that launched today's Two-Spirit liberation movement. While many indigenous LGBT youth are choosing to be defined as Two-Spirit people, others choose not to label themselves and others continue to embrace terms like gay, queer, etc. which originate in the broader LGBT liberation movement.
Experienced facilitators are available to present workshops about Two-Spirit (Aboriginal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people from a historical and contemporary perspective.
Many Two-Spirit people overcome racism, homophobia and transphobia to live full, meaningful lives. We contribute to the knowledge and skills of our communities and to Canadian society. Two-Spirit people flourish as...
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