Supporting our Youth: How A Two Spirit Safe Space Alliance Changed Our Community

I first visited Renea Menchaca at Portland’s Native American Youth and Family Center the week of their Queer Prom. Renea sat at a sewing machine, altering a dress for one student as two others flitted in and out of a nearby supply closet, trying on dresses and modeling them for their teacher. As Renea sewed, she said to me, “Growing up, I didn’t have much community support. In the 70s and 80s, we didn’t have the term Two Spirit. My ...

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