[ACLU-CU ALERT] Hate Crime: "Two Spirits" Film Screening and Discussion 11/28/11

Champaign County ACLU Announcements announce at aclu-cu.org
Wed Nov 23 10:57:03 MST 2011

 A Native American Heritage Month Event: Film Screening of Two Spirits
180 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois

6:00 PM

The film interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

Discussion to follow film screening with Dr. Brian Gilley (Cherokee/Chickasaw) and Dr. Wesley Thomas (Navajo).

Sponsored by: The LGBT Resource Center & Native American House at the University of Illinois

*Paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee
Katy Weseman, M.S. Ed.
Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rm 323 Illini Union, MC-384
1401 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
phone 217.244.8862
fax 217.244.3167
kweseman at illinois.edu
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