The first transgender person murdered in the United States this year was a 28-year-old Oglala Lakota woman. Statistics are hard to come by, especially for Native Americans, but the National Congress of American Indians points to a 2010 survey that says 1 in 3 LGBTQ2 Natives in New York State faced violence because of their sexual status. Some tribes have a traditional acceptance and respect for two-spirit people. Today, Native groups are trying to regain traditional tolerance.
Tony Enos (Cherokee) – international pop artist
Cathy Renna – a long-time LGBTQ activist and principal of Targetcue.com, a LGBTQ focused, full-service communications and public relations firm
Break music: Two Spirit (song) Tony Enos (artist)