Roller derby champion. Activist. Cyclist. Follow three indigenous members of the Two Spirit and LGBTQ community as they journey toward self-acceptance, supportive healthcare, and communities that celebrate them. Click to screen the film.
Alara, an Athabaskan and Tlingit transwoman, found her gender identity through drag. Listen as she shares her journey to self-acceptance and supportive community. Click to screen the film.
Two Spirit and LGBTQ patients who have good relationships with their healthcare providers are more likely to access care when they need it and report good mental and physical health. This short video offers tips for healthcare providers seeking to better support their Two Spirit and LGBTQ patients. Click to screen the film.
LGBTQ + Two-Spirit Health Documentary Series
Narrative: In January 2019, a proposal I prepared for a short documentary series about the treatment of queer indigenous people by health care providers in Indian Country was made upon request by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (a local NGO) and accepted by the Indian Health Service (a federal government agency).
The goal of the series was to catalyze a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ2S+ experience in Indian Country, especially as it relates to members of that community receiving medical treatment from healthcare practitioners who are often neither queer nor indigenous.
In August 2019, my collaborators and I delivered There's Heart Here (a 16-minute documentary), Becoming Jane Doe (a 5-minute portrait), and See Us, Stand with Us (a 10-minute educational video).
There's Heart Here premiered at 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Washington, D.C. In November 2019, it was presented at the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University.
The entire series and related media resources are available through the Northwest Portland Indian Health Board.
View the films at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6793348