CONTACT: Richard LaFortune
August 31, 2005
12 Noon Central
Native GLBT Media document launched
Building Media & cultural literacy
MINNEAPOLIS- AUG 31- Indigenous GLBT people across the country have been engaged in a national dialogue in
2005 about the role of media and journalists in news stories concerning Native communities.
Two Spirit representatives participated in a national remote summit to address the need for building media literacy,
using the arts and newer technologies to combine them with ancient messages of tolerance for a world that is fast moving away
from respect for religious freedom and tolerance.
“Mainstream journalists, including GLBT
journalists, often fail to grasp the issues of sovereignty and culture that are key to understanding the dynamics in Native
populations,” said Richard LaFortune, Campaign Director for 2SPR, the Two Spirit Press Room. “We are building media literacy among Native GLBT communities and cultural literacy among journalists,
so that the beliefs and stereotypes of non-Native people are no longer imposed upon us.
Two Spirit Native Media & Community Briefing examines many of the issues that need to be addressed cooperatively
by journalists and grassroots organizers.”
Native GLBT communities face several obstacles
interacting with journalists :
- A digital divide that makes building durable communications difficult
- Economic injustice, often resulting in lack of access to organizing tools
- Prevalent stereotypes and a lack of cultural literacy among journalists
“Our communities need to be included
in the boardroom and the press room,” noted LaFortune. “Native voices
now must be heard across the land.”
For more information on 2SPR [Two Spirit Press Room] please visit our website at www.2SPR.org
2SPR is supported in part by grants from The Funding Exchange
2SPR is a Media and Cultural Literacy Project that focuses on the cultural
and spiritual inheritances and rights of Native GLBT and Two Spirit People. Its
work is centered in cultivating accurate portrayals of Native GLBT people in the press, community-building; and leadership
of Native women.