LGBTQIA+ EDUCATION SERIES – Two Spirit & IndigeQueer Identity w/Byron Tsabetsaye
Sunday, Nov 3rd
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JOIN US EVERY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH FOR OUR FREE PROGRAM IN THE DAVID LOUGHRIDGE LEARNING CENTER AT MEOW WOLF SANTA FE:
LGBTQIA+ EDUCATION SERIES!
EVERY MONTH WE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT INSTRUCTOR PRESENTING ON A DIFFERENT TOPIC, WITH ENCOURAGED DISCUSSION.
FOR OUR 4th PROGRAM IN THE SERIES WE ARE HONORED TO WELCOME BYRON TSABETSAYE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN CENTER AT SAN JUAN COLLEGE!
Two Spirit & IndigeQueer Identity Presentation
An intersectional approach to understanding two spirit, indigequeer, trans indigenous, and other indigenous identities related to the LGBTQIA+ community.
This presentation centers Native American and Indigenous narrative to introduce and explain queer indigenous identities such as two spirit and indigequeer. Pre-dating contemporary LGBTQIA+ terms, indigenous terms of identity are closely tied to place (land) and language. Two Spirit (2S), as a term of identity, is a broad representation spoken in the English language that many indigenous queer folx have adopted for visibility and inclusion. 2S identity is often generalized, misunderstood, and misrepresented in mainstream society, even within the LGBTQIA+ community. Attendees will learn appropriate definitions while also examining the cultural significance and cultural relation to each term. Indigenous queerness is best understood, and learned about, when the sharing comes directly from indigenous people. This presentation will feature voices from prominent and talented individuals in the Native queer community. The presenter will highlight real stories and important moments in history that shape indigenous existence in the LGBTQIA+ community.
This is an interactive presentation that uses videos, storytelling, performative testimony, and other expressive forms for learning. Attendees will have the opportunity to be connected directly to resources and people from Native queer communities. Cultural humility is a principle for learning during this presentation. Thus, it will be explained and practiced to promote continual learning.
The presenter, Byron Tsabetsaye, is Navajo and Zuni Pueblo. He is the Director of the Native American Center at San Juan College and currently serves as the facilitator for Safe Zone Training at SJC. Byron began as a Safe Zone facilitator in NYC as a graduate student at New York University (2013). During this time, he worked part time as an instructional mediator with NYU Steinhardt at Harvey Milk High School. He focuses primarily on representing and promoting indigenous queer identity and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.