two spirit & LGBTQ

two spirit & LGBTQ


Listen to our Two Spirit Talks Podcast


Read stories by Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ people

The Paths (Re)Membered Project centers the Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ community–its strengths, resiliencies, and histories—in our movement toward health equity. Through community engagement, research, and advocacy, we work toward a liberated 2SLGBTQ+ future, which includes the memories of Two Spirit ancestors, the wisdom of our elders, and the creativity of our young people. The seven parts of our logo, designed by Lorenzo Yazzie, represent the seven generations which guide our work. The circle represents the unceasing ties between our Nations, art, medicines, and ceremonies, as well as our health as individuals and communities. It is with the memories of our ancestral pasts, where our Two Spirit people were highly regarded and integral to our villages, and the thoughts and dreams of our (Re)Membered futures, that we restore our places in the circle.



Finding a provider who understands Two Spirit or LGBTQ experiences can be tough. These resources can help.

World Professional Association of Transgender Health: Provider Search

Providers must agree to uphold standards of care laid out by WPATH for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: Provider Search

LGBTQ-friendly providers create free listings

GLBT Near Me

Find providers, hairstylists, hotels, and hotlines.

Note: The providers listed are self-identified and not always verified. These organizations cannot guarantee a good experience.

For Two-Spirit People

Bay Area Two Spirit Society

Organization to restore and recover the role of Two- Spirit people

Montana Two Spirit Society

Organization advocating and educating the Montana LGBTI community and general community about Two Spirit issues, histories and traditions.

Northeast Two Spirit Society

Regularly updated blog, reporting on news, culture, and daily life of Two Spirit people in northeastern states.

For Native Two Spirit and LGBTQ Youth

Indigenizing Love Toolkit

Two Spirit leadership profiles and activities to help create communities of young Native Two Spirit and LGBTQ people and their allies.

Health Resources

Center for Excellence for Transgender Health

Resources regarding HIV prevention, cultural competency, mental health, and policy pertaining to transgender health

SAMHSA Two Spirit Webinars

Webinars from SAMHSA’s Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center, addressing Two Spirit and transgender identities in Native American/Alaska Native communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: LGBTQ

Addresses mental health disparities and finding a mental health provider as an LGBTQ person.

You are protected from harassment and discrimination by tribal, state, and federal laws. These resources can help you learn more.

ID Documents Center

Information to help you change gender on legal documents

Legal and Identity Documents

Information about changing gender on legal identity documents

When Healthcare Isn’t Caring

Summary report on healthcare access and discrimination from Lambda Legal

Transgender Law Center

Health and legal resources for transgender people and allies

Tribal Equity Toolkit 3.0

A toolkit with sample tribal resolutions and codes for LGBTQ equality



An art and music campaign to increase awareness of PrEP and prevent HIV/AIDS in Native American/Alaska Native communities.

Two Spirit Documentary

Documentary explores the spiritual nature of gender and real-world examples.


Not vanishing. Press Gang Pub, 1988.

Collection of poetry written about two-spirit, lesbian, and Native themes.

Driskill, Qwo-Li, Daniel H. Justice, Deborah A. Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti. Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. , 2011. Print.

A collection of works written by Indigenous Two-spirit and queer people.

Driskill, Qwo-Li. Asegi stories: Cherokee queer and two-spirit memory. University of Arizona Press, 2016.

Novel about Cherokee history written from a post-colonial lens.

Rifkin, Mark. 2012. The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

A novel about how the policy of self-determination innacted in 1970 has impacted contemporary queer Native writers.

Roscoe, Will. 1988. Living in the Spirit: A gay American Indian anthology. New York: St Martin’s Press.

A book combining personal accounts, stories, and poetry regarding the complexity of queer Native history.

Webber, Storme. Blues Divine. RiverShe Collective Arts, 2015.

A collection of poetry derivative of music and spoken tradition. Contains Native and queer themes.

The Board is staffed with approximately 45 individuals, the majority of whom have BA/BS or advanced degrees and training to meet the needs of diverse activities provided to the tribal health programs of the 43 NPAIHB member tribes. The EpiCenter has four core purposes: Administrative, Data Management/Analysis, Training, and Research. The NPAIHB organizational chart outlines the managerial structure.

From early in the history of the NPAIHB, the Northwest Tribes recognized that data, surveillance, and research were central to building awareness about health disparities afflicting American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Northwest Tribal EpiCenter has successfully engaged Northwest tribes in collaborative research and surveillance activities and, as a result, serves as an essential resource for these tribes for tribal health data and health information services support, including capacity building. All data from such activities belong to the tribes involved in the research. In addition, the NPAIHB hosts the Portland Area IHS Institutional Review Board (IRB), which oversees protection of human subjects in research occurring in Northwest Indian communities.

Over 190,000 American Indians/Alaska Natives reside in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, representing 6.3 percent of the United States.