2SPR has released a 40-page published report on the state of GLBT Native
people and the media, August 2005. (see press release)
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Valentine's Day - press release - Director Richard LaFortune and Jean-Nicklaus
Tretter, Founder and Curator of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Tretter Collection, announce the launching of a new International
Indigenous GLBT archive component of the collection, the first known collection of its kind in the world.
see: Int'l GLBT Native Archive press release
-Kate Kendell, executive director, National
Center for Lesbian Rights
-Cristine Almeida, Atty, Public
Affairs & Gov’t Relations
-Richard LaFortune, Director, 2SPR
-Professor Michael K. Jordan, William
Mitchell College of Law
Are Gay Rights Civil Rights?
A town hall-style forum on Minnesota's
proposed marriage amendment
Thursday, March 16, 7–8:30 p.m.
William Mitchell Auditorium
LGBT Religious Archives Network News #41 March 30, 2006
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) at Chicago Theological
Seminary is a grass roots, activist venture to promote and conserve the history of LGBT religious movements. LGBT-RAN is a
resource center and information clearinghouse for preserving records of LGBT religious movements while also encouraging historical
study. Pass on news of this ground-breaking work to friends and colleagues.
1. LGBT-RAN Dinner in NYC
on April 8th LAST CALL!
& Sexuality Conference to Convene DON'T MISS!
3. Michael Cole Oral History Posted
Bios in Renamed Profiles Gallery
5. LGBT Two-Spirit Collection
5. LGBT TWO SPIRIT COLLECTION
Richard LaFortune has donated a substantial collection of ephemera from LGBT Native American movements to the Tretter Collection in LGBT Studies at the
University of Minnesota. A brief report of this donation was published in The Advocate (April 11, 2006; p. 31). LGBT-RAN commends such efforts to preserve the histories
of the rich diversity of LGBT religious movements.
University of Minnesota Spring Pride 2006
4PM at the QSCC.
Celebrate the opening of a new Native American exhibit with Richard
FARM BOYS – panel discussion moderated by Rev.
Program Director, Institute for Welcoming Resources
Join Brian McNeil, Dennis Sanders, Richard LaFortune
and others in a town hall discussion about issues addressed in a drama that unfolds in rural America.
By Dean Gray and Amy Fox
Adapted from the book, "Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest"
by Will Fellows
Directed by John Miller-Stephany, Associate Artistic Director, Guthrie Theater
REGIONAL PREMIERE! Amy Fox & Dean Gray have written a beautifully complex
story of love, marriage and family. John unexpectedly inherits a small farm in his Wisconsin hometown and travels from his
New York City home to reacquaint himself with his past. Pressured
to sell the property, he must ultimately decide where he can best create a home for himself in a community that is fearful
of his alternative lifestyle.
Saturday May 20, 10AM
Two Sprit Collections
Dr. Elizabeth Kerekere (Maori, New Zealand), Richard
LaFortune (Yupik, Minnesota). International Archives Libraries Museums & Special Collections Conference, University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
June 23- 25 – Tretter Collection shows extensive curated 2
Spirit component at Twin Cities Gay Pride, Minneapolis 2nd
pride celebration in the US
May 26 - "Lavender" Magazine - 'Native Perspective - The Two Spirit Concept'
- Part I of two part column. Interview with director of 2SPR.
August 3-6 – live performances
at Minneapolis Fringe
Festival, productions under H. Macleod and C. Katt.
September 22-23 – live multicultural performances
at Patrick’s Cabaret,
Minneapolis, in collaboration with Ancestor Energy
October 8 – New York Times Sunday edition,
page section, on Two Spirit Native people appears as one of the first
mainstream nationally covered major features on GLBT Native people
October 9 – Director
invited speaker at St. Olaf College,
for National Coming Out Day
October 11 – LaFortune lectures at Bates College, Lewiston
Maine, for National Coming
day - ‘A Thousand Years of Respect’
October 12 – 2SPR delivers address on national speakers
panel moderated by Human Rights Campaign, Faith and Religion program:
Faith and Fairness
The Human Rights Campaign’s Minneapolis Faith and Fairness worship and panel
discussion, held in connection with the Voices United conference, was a great
success, and the presentations are now available online. You can hear Bishop Minerva Carcano’s powerful sermon
as well as the interfaith Faith and Fairness panel presentations from Anguksuar
(Richard LaFortune), the Rev. Anita C. Hill and Rabbi Aaron Brusso. This was a spirit-filled
occasion for all who took part, as you’ll see from these videos.
Nov 8- 12 NativeOut,
of Phoenix AZ receives contribution of new multi-media technology from Two
Spirit Press Room. Evening
Reception co-hosted by by NativeOut and 2SPR on Saturday Nov 11, Distribution
of Two Spirit Media Briefing document, and the first simultaneous web cast of
the First Nations Caucus by, for & about Native people from a national
Nov 16 – Hamline University, St. Paul – Diversity and
Residential Life lecture