Montana Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ History with Steven Barrios
In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month, join us for a presentation with Steven Barrios, founding member of the Montana Two Spirit Society.
Through the Montana Two Spirit Society, Steven continues to educate and bring awareness about a culture that due to colonization was almost forgotten and eliminated. For over 20 years he has worked to educate Native and non-Native communities about two spirit culture and the impact of HIV infection on Native communities. Having lost friends to this disease at a time when there was little hope and few treatments, his journey of HIV prevention and two spirit education has been a personal one. Since 1997, he has helped plan and coordinate the annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering and watched it grow from a handful of participants to one of the largest and only gathering in the Pacific Northwest averaging 50 – 70 Native two spirits each year. He conducts HIV testing on his reservation and provides this vital service for Native two spirit men afraid to go anywhere else due to confidentiality, homophobia, and stigma.
Steven serves on the Montana Community Planning Group, as well as the Montana Gay Men’s Task Force. He has served on the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center’s Harm Reduction Board, National Native American CPG, and Pride Foundation’s Racial Equity Initiative. He has conducted presentations on two spirit history throughout the Pacific Northwest and in states such as Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.
- Oct 25 2021
- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- Cooper Room A
- Level Four, Missoula Public Library, 455 E. Main St., Missoula, Montana