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Lecture: Two Spirit – Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, November 29, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

This lecture presentation honors November's Native American Awareness Month.

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Two Spirit – Past, Present, and Future" and it will be presented by Sheldon Raymore (he/him/his).

Synopsis: Sheldon Raymore will speak about the concept of Two Spirit people and their places in today’s contemporary Indigenous societies. The term “Two-Spirit” is a pan-indigenous term agreed upon in 1990 at an Indigenous LGBTQ gathering in Manitoba, Canada. The term is intended to unite Indigenous Cisgender & Transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, and gender non-conforming people under one spirit name. The concept of being Two-Spirit can be translated from many Native cultures and languages. Two Spirit people in the histories of many Native peoples were revered and uplifted by their respected tribes before the devastating effects of colonization. Two Spirit people in fact predate the modern LGBTQ movement. In preparation of World AIDS Day presenter will share some of the current data, PSA materials, and information in relation to the effects that HIV/AIDS has had on the Two-Spirit population.

Biography: Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and lives in New York City. He’s a Native American Storyteller, 2nd Generation Tipi Maker, Visual Artist, Actor, Choreographer, Cultural Consultant, and an award winning Grass Dancer. Since 2014 his mission has been to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, sexual health education, and accessibility of PrEP services for the Two Spirit community and beyond. He is the creator of http://www.PrEPahHontoz.com which provides an enriching awareness experience, with culturally competent and appropriate methods of increasing PrEP awareness. The PrEPahHontoz Tipi project has toured all over the United States and as far away as Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Tipi Project decreases social and cultural stigma’s associated with HIV/AIDS, and HIV Prevention. It also disseminates correct information about HIV and it’s history in the Native American community, while utilizing "culture as prevention."

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), Native American Cultural Programs, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar

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