Two-Spirit youth deserve culturally competent programming and they deserve a voice in creating it. GSA Network will launch a Two-Spirit Initiative to bridge the gap between Native youth organizing and LGBTQ+ youth organizing. This identity-based initiative provides space for youth to bring their cultural practice into their organizing activities and supports our organization’s efforts to decolonize our curricula.
The Two-Spirit Initiative will convene an Advisory Panel starting in the spring of 2021 to create resources and curriculum relevant to issues that Two-Spirit youth are navigating in their education and communities. The Advisory Panel will include members of Native-led organizational partners from Alaska, Hawaii, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana. The Two-Spirit Initiative will also provide a foundation to ensure that all of our programming integrates a cultural lens to build solidarity for Indigenous people across all youth who are in our network. We will share more information about our partners in this important Two-Spirit Initiative and updates about our work in 2021.