Senator Sinclair Speaks from the Heart

(OTTAWA, Ont.) On June 13th, after a moment of silence in Canada’s Senate for victims of the Orlando shooting, one of Canada’s newest Senators, judge, aboriginal leader, former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, proud parent, husband, Senator Murray Sinclair offered a moving reflection and address in the Senate on the tragic events that …Continue Reading

Fort Peck Tribe Adopts a NC Trans* Bathroom Policy

(Poplar, MT) At Monday’s, May 25th, 2016 council meeting, the Tribal leaders of Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation adopted a transgender bathroom policy similar to the North Carolina policy, a highly controversial piece of legislation that prompted Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, PayPal and many others to not do business with and in the State of …Continue Reading

Wab Kinew Stands Up for Two-Spirit

(Winnipeg, MB) On May 17, 2016, the first question period of Manitoba’s newly sworn in Progressive Conservative government faced some very pointed questions. Most notable were the questions from Wab Kinew, Onigaming First Nation and newly elected MLA for the Fort Rouge riding, asked the Minister of Education, “…if he will commit to necessary reforms …Continue Reading

IHS Seeks Two-Spirit Input

(Washington, DC) On Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm EDT, Indian Health Service (IHS) will hold a teleconference call to seek broad input on efforts to advance and promote the health needs of the American Indian and Alaska Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit communities. This is the first of a series …Continue Reading

Restoring A Sacred Voice

(Editorial note and acknowledgement of running on “Indian-Time”, Trans Day of Visibility was March 31, 2016. Below is an article from Otta Moody (Nimiipuu Nation) on the importance of giving voice to Trans Day of Visibility from a Native, Trans* and Two-Spirit experience. This story lends itself to also bring attention to April 18, 2016, …Continue Reading

Two-Spirit Tuesdays! Parents of Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth

Announcing the first #Two-Spirit Tuesdays of 2016.  Two-Spirit Webinar on March 29, 2016 at 1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT. Sharing Wisdom and Experiences: Parents of Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Register for this webinar online. You will receive a confirmation email with the link and access code to connect to the webinar; use this information on the day of the event. Discussion Topics: …Continue Reading

Medicare To Support Gender Reassignment Surgery

(Washington, DC) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering if medicare should pay for gender reassignment surgery and gender dysphoria treatments. To assist CMS with this decision, the agency is requesting public comments and input on a review of the available evidence and conduct a national coverage determination (NCD) review to determine …Continue Reading