Two Spirits:  A Film and Discussion About Gender Diversity in Native American Cultures and the Tragic Murder of a Navajo Boy Who Was Also a Girl

The Office of Tribal Justice, the DOJ Indian Trial Lawyers Association, DOJ Pride, the Community Relations Service, and the JMD Equal Employment Opportunity Staff will co-sponsor a screening of the film “Two Spirits,” followed by a conversation with Cathy Renna, former Media Director for Gays and Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, in the DOJ Conference Center.

“Two Spirits” interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world was not simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.  Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture.  But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Mr. Martinez became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Ms. Renna, who is featured in the film, was invited by local activists to help deal with the aftermath of Mr. Martinez’s death on a small town in the Four Corners region of Colorado.  We hope you can join!

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