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Lecture: Two Spirit Identities: What Indigenous Culture Teaches Us About All Queer & Trans People

Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

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.

The Fall 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Two Spirit Identities: What Indigenous Culture Teaches Us About All Queer & Trans People" and will be presented by Misty Ginicola (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Indigenous culture not only accepted Queer and Trans persons, it celebrated them. They were seen and respected as gifts to their culture, blessed with leadership, wisdom, spirituality, and empathy. This presentation will discuss indigenous culture, as well as the lived experience of being a two-spirit person, of being a parent to a two-spirit child.

Biography: Dr. Misty Ginicola, LPC, CA-RYT-200 is a Counselor Educator at Southern CT State University and Counselor in Private Practice, as well as the Current President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling. Dr. Ginicola specializes in research and clinical practice with Queer & Trans clients. Her book Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People was published by American Counseling Association in 2017 and is a quintessential source for developing multicultural competence with LGBTGEQIAP+ people. She identifies as Two-Spirit and Bisexual and is blessed to be the mother of a Trans daughter.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Native American Cultural Programs, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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