‘I want to show the pride’: photo essay of the Two Spirit Indigenous people

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‘I want to show the pride’: photo essay of the Two Spirit Indigenous people

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Two-Spirit, the term used to describe LGBTQ Indigenous, are fighting to be recognized amongst their own people. Although Indigenous, they claim their sacred circle was broken when colonizers landed on their soil and are now viewed upon with pity. Fighting to regain equal rights, the Two-Spirit community refuses to be marginalized. They work to convince other South Dakota tribes to legalize same-sex marriage and pass LGBTQ hate crime legislation. Two-Spirit member, Monique Mousseau stated, “Our younger generation needs to be acknowledged for who they are. It’s important for them to know that they are who they are and that it’s OK,” Mousseau says. “It’s time to acknowledge we have always been here, and we will always be here.”

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This item was submitted on April 18, 2021 by Robin Keagle using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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