On January 29-31, 2013 we made a difference with the youth of Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in Fort Duchesne, UT and we got to experience a Youth Leadership Conference. NYLA fellow Angel Mills and I got invited to facilitate a workshop on Celebrate LIFE and Two-Spirit/LGBTQ and a “huge” thanks to Malachi Garza a Brown Boi Project member who connected me to Anthony Beatrix the director of Alcohol and Drug Program on the Reservation and who put together the Youth Leadership Conference. Anthony runs support groups at the high school who are at risk with alcohol, depression, and suicide which is all the youth.
The workshop we facilitated was to provide a space to rethink our own standards of beauty and how we can support members of the community who face an often unacknowledged struggle on Two-Spirit/LGBTQ. By doing so, the workshop hopes to break the silence and stigma surrounding of Two-Spirit/LGBTQ bodies and to shed some light on what is beautiful to come together to share the creative and extraordinary ways to grow and learn from each other.
I was grateful for how amazing the young people who are striving to improve their knowledge-base to more effectively promote safe spaces here at Uintah High School and community.