Former Red Circle Project at APLA Health & Wellness's Prevention Training Specialist, Mattee Jim. Insight to Native American transgender issues.
Red Circle Project at Chumash Days Pow Wow in Malibu
RCP enjoying a beautiful day in Malibu while providing HIV info to the community.
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Great National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at United American Indian Involvement!
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RCP at Long Beach Pow Wow...
They just can't get enough! =)
Red Circle Project at William Carey International University
RCP handing out information...and condoms ;) at Pasadena Pow Wow
Leland Morrill shared a photo to Red Circle Project's Timeline.
In the Mountains!!
Saturday March 21, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I hear a "Roxanne" will be cookin up a storm up there!!
IF YOU NEED A RIDE... (and I called this morning)
see the number at the bottom of the flier...from DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES.
Thanks Deborah for sharing
Here is who to email or call for the ride:
"These ways of identifying are only parts of me, but as I move through the world, I find that I can’t take off my identities like a jacket and simply hang them in the closet. They are interwoven, and in creating any theatre that has verisimilitude or humanity, I must lean into the intersection of identities."
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) event at United American Indian Involvement, Inc., 1125 W. 6th Street, L.A., CA, on March 20, 2015, 9:00am - 4:00pm.
Join Red Circle Project for a day of informative presentations, food and more...!
"This study shows the continued value of HIV prevention, even in an era when people effectively treated with HIV medications can have a close-to-normal life expectancy,” said Dr. Bruce Schackman, the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and lead author of the study. “There is still significant value in avoiding infection, from both cost and quality of life points of view.”
"Leading the charge for gay marriage here is Alray Nelson, 29, a top aide to Mr. Shirley, the presidential contender. Mr. Nelson, who would like to marry his partner, Brennen Yonnie, has pushed for years to repeal the Dine Marriage Act and has a small coalition of core supporters — about 15 of them, he said. But some gay Navajos, he said, have not joined the coalition for fear they will be ostracized."
"Riddle’s legislation mirrors similar bills introduced in Florida and Kentucky. Florida Rep. Frank Artiles (R) justified his bill, which is nearly identical to Riddle’s in the way it criminalizes transgender bathroom usage, by using the same line that a man could “choose to feel like a woman that day.”"
"The mother said she went out and told the teens, “We know he is gay, it is not a problem”. “Three girls came running at me, screaming, shouting ‘who the eff do you think you are?’,” the woman told the court."
"Exton, a former marketer, created Her, a free app for women looking to date other women that will be available as soon as Friday. The idea is to create a community for lesbians looking to make friends, chat, and, of course, date."
RCP Program Coordinator & RCP volunteers at Wildhorse Pow Wow.
API Equality-LAs Lunar New Year Parade Sign Up
Join us as we welcome the Year of the Ram and provide an LGBT presence at Chinatown’s largest celebration! As the only LGBT contingent in the Golden Dragon Parade, we will march together to show that our movement for equality and the fair treatment for LGBT individuals is stronger than ever!
Assemble at 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 21, 2015. During the pre-parade assembly, we will provide limited quantities of sandwiches and bottled water, give instructions, and distribute shirts and parade materials, so please come early! The parade steps off at 1:00 PM.
"While conducting research about online marketplaces for selling used goods, Ghose and Chan became interested in the prevalence of ads soliciting personal hookups and one night stands."
"Robert Anderson, University of Washington Law School professor and director of the Native American Law Center: Teaching Indian history “is really embarrassing if it’s taught correctly,” he said. That’s because it includes the U.S. government’s attempts to eradicate native people and strip them of their land, rights and culture."
"Tur made a name for herself as a helicopter pilot who covered the infamous O.J. Simpson police pursuit in 1994 and the Los Angeles riots in 1992."
"But, if I had my way, I would be married to a man and a woman . . . And I wonder how many people would say no to allowing me that sort of marriage if asked to vote in a referendum on the issue, especially in the United States?"
"Yet she quickly began dating Bernhard exclusively, without declaring herself gay or bisexual. “I was deeply in love with Sandra,” she writes, “in a way I’d never experienced before.”"
""This is not just a political issue. It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue -- unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really not my place to say, OK, I'm just going to evolve," Huckabee said."
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Saturday, February 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., APLA Health & Wellness is hosting a free community health fair in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Come see the brand-new Gleicher / Chen Health Center and "try out" some of the services offered, like dental checks, flu vaccinations ($5 each while supplies last), STD screening and HIV testing, learning more about the Center’s PrEP program, as well as health plan enrollment assistance. The event also features raffles for prizes, free food, and more!
"Shana shares the story of her diagnosis when she was only 22 years old, in college and dealing with the end of a difficult relationship. She also shares her fears after realizing that she had acquired the virus during her pregnancy and after being told she would only have five years to live. Shana and husband Bear discuss how love, treatment and knowledge helped them fight HIV together. They also share their reason for participating in this campaign: to raise awareness of this important issue among the Native American community."
"Tommy shares his story about finding out he was HIV positive at age 25. He candidly shares the many issues he had to confront including getting treatment, disclosing to his family and finding a support system. Together with friend, Pamela, they discuss issues important to the Native American community, including the need for increasing conversations to raise awareness and reduce stigma as well as promoting HIV testing."
"As Americans, we respect human dignity…” Obama declared. “That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender."
"Tan has an indispensible history of bisexuality in science fiction, over in Lambda Literary. She talks about the rise of bi characters in the 1970s, and the recent spate of bi heroes, including Captain Jack on Doctor Who and Torchwood."
"The Huffington Post: What are you trying to communicate through this film? Why is this so important?
Jodi Savitz: I developed "Girl on Girl: An Original Documentary" to call attention not only to the fact that feminine lesbians are legitimate but to the fact that we make up a thriving subset of the LGBTQ community."
""If team owners in the league have any doubt about if Americans are ready for a gay or lesbian player on their team, this survey should put any of those doubts to rest," Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, told The Huffington Post over the phone."
"NCAI President Brian Cladoosby told The Huffington Post he hopes the latest ad will bolster a campaign designed "to tell our story and educate people about what this name truly means.""
Red Circle Project shared Zero HIV Stigma's photo.
AICC is having their SweetHeart 5K FunRun on Saturday 2/14/2015 @ The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way LA 90027
Race Starts 8am
Cost: Single runner- $25 Couple - $40
For more information contact
Avril Cordova – 626-321-8564
United American Indian Involvement, Inc. will be having their monthly Diabetic Wellness Day on Friday, February 13, 2015!
* Cultural diversity. There are over 560 federally recognized AI/AN tribes, whose members speak over 170 languages. Because each tribe has its own culture, beliefs, and practices and can be subdivided into language groups, it can be challenging to create culturally appropriate prevention programs for each group.
* Socioeconomic issues. Poverty, including lack of housing and HIV prevention education, directly and indirectly increases the risk for HIV infection and affects the health of people living with and at risk for HIV infection. Compared with other racial/ethnic groups, AI/AN have higher poverty rates, have completed fewer years of education, are younger, are less likely to be employed, and have lower rates of health insurance coverage.
" Two Spirit traditions were threatened, though, when Europeans colonized the Americas. The notion of a third, fluid, male-and-female gender conflicted with the colonizers’ heterosexual views, and in 1879, the U.S. government removed thousands of Two Spirited people from their tribes."
"Jalel, who revealed that he has been using hormonal treatment to look and sound like a man, explained that he wants to undergo a sex reassignment surgery but cannot because such surgeries are illegal in the tiny North African nation. A Tunisian female footballer grabbed headlines in 2013 when she legally changed her status from female to male after court consent. But such incidents seldom take place."
" I've always felt like an outsider, but I don't think I would have made anything of worth if I didn't feel that way. People who make the work I love feel that way as well and use it as an opportunity to start a conversation and make really smart work. The stories I care about are about outsiders and very lonely people. To clarify, I don't think films in their subject matter need to be miserable; I just think the people making them need to be miserable. [Laughs.] "
"“They said that they didn’t agree with her alternative lifestyle,” Dawnnetta Pierce-Fernandez, Collier’s friend of 15 years told The Washington Post. “They gave the family the option to edit the video and the family decided that they were not going to allow Vanessa’s life to be edited.”
“It’s devastating – and disgusting, honestly,” she added."
"In a video made for the campaign, the voiceover begins with a powerful statement: “We just want people to know that, hey, we’re normal. And you can’t judge people on their normal. You really can’t.” And recalling the controversy over the last year’s image: “The comments were a trip. It didn’t make me feel any way, because I know they don’t know what we go through, I know they don’t know our children, I know they don’t know our lifestyle, they don’t know how we live.”"
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TONIGHT! Tuesday December 16th at 7:30pm in the beautiful West Hollywood Council Chambers for Celebrating New Works!
Celebration Theatre is dedicated to representing all the members of our LGBTQ community and Tuesday evening will focus on the lives and journeys of the Transgender members of our community. We are honored to have an incredible panel of individuals for our talkback discussion. Panelists include Michaela herself, as well as President of the Translatina Coalition Bamby Salcedo, Director/Producer Andrea James, and the legendary Calpernia Addams! Moderated by Celebration Theatre's Co-Artistic Director Michael A. Sheppard.
The evening will begin with the reading of a new play "Making Michaela" by Michaela Ivri, hosted by The West Hollywood City Chambers on San Vicente Blvd. There is fully validated parking in the structure behind the chambers.
"Making Michaela" follows Michael from childhood discovery and bullying to family life and transition. When he springs upon his wife and three children his need to transition it is very much a surprise- which each family member handles in their own way. The play takes you through their experience as a family, as well as Michaela's unique journey as she ventures out into the world to find "herself."
This is the final reading for our 2014 Celebrating New Works series so come Celebrate with us this holiday season in sharing a new play, having some cider, and maybe even enjoying a few carols!
"Los Angeles has long been a leader in HIV prevention, but the County is lagging behind other jurisdictions in increasing awareness and access to this groundbreaking intervention, even though it accounts for over 40 percent of California's HIV/AIDS cases and reports around 2,000 new HIV infections annually."
Red Circle Project with Kenneth Ramos and Edward-Michael Muna
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Come out and Celebrate the Lives of our Community!!!
Tonight at 6:30pm @ WeHo Library.
GCHC expands its offerings by launching the Pendleton / Goldman PrEP program, which provides PrEP management and counseling to HIV-negative individuals. The new program is just one of the many medical, dental, and behavioral health services GCHC provides.
“They continue to kills us but nobody cares… well, we care,” Salcedo said during the rally.
“As an open gay Latino man I wanted to be here because we're all LBGT, we're all a family, we support each other," said Frankie Varsenas
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Taco Sale is after the Resource Fair at UAII.
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Former Red Circle Project Staff Member highlighted as "Bruin of the Day" today for UCLA Alumni!
Trans Wellness and Well-being Conference Tomorrow!
“If it’s going to happen, you might as well make it be safe,” says Ronald Osorio
Drunktown's Finest Screening tonight at the Regal Cinemas LA Live 14 @ 8:00pm. This is a free event.
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A member of a very supportive family, once Saddleback explained that he needed to explore his gender identity, his parents wanted to help in any way that they could. But they wouldn't be able to shield Saddleback from everything. The story that Saddleback is recollecting on a warm fall day in Saskatoon came a few years after he had already spoken with most of his family about his gender identity. In a big move on a personal level, Saddleback had finally come out to his grandparents and was surprised by how understanding they were.
Red Circle Project shared Rebel Music's video.
TOMORROW!!! At 1:00 p.m. online.
This Friday !!! Get there early. First come, First served! FREE !!!
This weekend! Enjoy Native American Arts and Craft and Native Entertainment.
Come out support American Indian Heritage Month At LA City Hall!
L.G.B.T.Q. L.A.P.D. FORUM TONIGHT DTLA @ 6:00pm!
Navajo CodeTalkers and Native American Exhibit!
AI/AN Mental Health Conference TOMORROW !!!
Be sure to register. If you have already registered, be sure to show up tomorrow.
This is a wonderful project done by Leland Morrill. This is Part 1 of 2.
Researchers from The Fenway Institute and Harvard School of Public Health recently analyzed the NTDS data to determine the rates of incarceration and victimization while incarcerated among nearly 3,900 transgender women.
Letter to the editor: Where do children learn to speak fluent Navajo?
If the Navajo Nation and its constituency are concerned about having youth speak fluent Diné, then it should be publicly taught at an early age. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) had discarded Native tongue, but what's it's position now? Both governments have neglected to teach Diné in schools. It is obvious because there has been no teaching of Diné to children for many generations.
Most grandparents got punished for retaining Native language. Later generations were silent on Diné educational opportunity. Diné leaders assumed parents taught it, but what happened? The disciplinary learning in language was taken away from them. Traditional education was taken from parents who had been influenced by the BIA, Mission and public schools.
Now, there is no official tutoring in Diné in formal instructive setting. Yes, leaders have passed resolutions on it but that directive ended there. For generations, BIA and state schools have not embraced the wishes of the Diné. It has been quite a few years since there was emphasis placed on implementing the Diné dialect. Within the Diné populace, only a few schools try - like Diné College and Rough Rock School. But those schools do not reach all youth entering early and primary education.
Speaking Navajo fluently - this prospect of learning Diné has been silenced by the tribal government. But regardless of this circumstance, the Nation set a policy for election of its leaders that they be fluent in speaking Navajo. Fluent, what does it really mean? The obvious question is where do youth get an opportunity to become fluent speakers.
Because Diné's leadership and federal schools have hesitated in addressing the need for learning, most Diné continue to speak in slang, instead of formal learning to achieve eloquence. Perhaps, those who learned early on at Diné College (NCC) have gained an opportunity to learn close to fluent Navajo. Even after classroom training, one has to practice to acquire ease in Diné speech.
Where is the justice in this? Is Diné Nation denying youth language proficiency and in getting scholarships because of the lack of required classes in Diné? Isn't it awkward to put youth at a disadvantage without having a basic chance in its foundation curricula or cultural studies? So Diné youth are not endowed by entitled Diné Nation benefits?
As Diné leaders, this should be a wake-up call to not treat our own in the manner of inequality. Why should Diné Nation fault their youth in not being able to speak Navajo, if it's tribal and federal trustee ignores addressing the need for early child experience in their Native speech. Few try with limited funding and least quality textbook support.
Most Diné who believe in thinking they're articulate in Diné probably are in conversational Navajo. But, in truth, hardly any speak in printed prim and proper Diné. In fact, the majority of Diné today are unfamiliar with writing or reading Diné. It seems as though it's like foreign script to not know its archetype.
Adolph June, Jr.
Red Circle Project shared Transparent's photo.
We all struggle for similar things in our lives: acceptance, happiness, health…But these struggles can affect LGBTQIA+ people of color in varied and unique ways.
This video features several courageous indigenous LGBTQIA+/Two Spirit families and individuals sharing their personal stories of acceptance, family, trials, and triumphs. Check it out!
Sometimes, even when you’re among the closest of your friends, there are topics that are hard to broach. You support your pals 100 percent, but you don’t want to say the wrong thing, offend anyone or hurt any feelings.
The total number of states where same-sex couples are recognized by the federal government is now at 32.
"We stood up today and raised our voices, united against the rampant violence being inflicted upon the transgender community. Community leaders spoke from their hearts as we pleaded for unity and for our allies to stand with us to raise awareness of these horrible hate crimes."
Pow- Wow tomorrow, Saturday in Rosemead, CA.
West Hollywood Park is set to be the site of a brand new monument designed to “honor HIV/AIDS activists, caregivers and community leaders, and to memorialize the devastation and impact of HIV/AIDS on a local and national level.”
Red Circle Project shared APLA Health & Wellness's post.
"Shot over six years, the film “Mr. Angel” chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender activist, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology."
"Today’s conference included currently serving transgender personnel from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. An estimated 15,500 transgender individuals currently serve in the U.S. military, but they are banned by Pentagon rules from serving, and if their identity is discovered, the military is required to discharge them."
Red Circle Project shared Lizzy the Lezzy's photo.