Targeting of Indigenous Women 2i - Targeting of Indigenous LGBTIQ2S people


Targeting Indigenous LGBTIQ2S people

[imagecaption] MMIWG symbols leading the Blak contingent at Mardi Gras, 2020. Photo: Charandev Singh. [/imagecaption]


With colonisation came also the enforcement of the eurocentric gender binary on Indigenous people. In ‘An Introduction to the Health of Two-Spirit People: Historical, contemporary and emergent Issues’, Kwakwaka’wakw scholar Sarah Hunt outlines the effects of colonisation on Two-Spirit people. Today, transgender and Two Spirit people continue to be erased in conversations and data collection around those who are missing or murdered despite the fact that extreme violence persists against their communities in both Canada and the US.

Indigenous trans youth are also particularly vulnerable to homelessness, with one-third of trans youth reporting rejection from shelters as a result of policies that police gender presentation. This increases vulnerability to exploitation and violence.

As the Anishinaabe and Métis poet Gwen Benaway puts it, Indigenous transgender women and Two-Spirit people are caught in ‘lethal crossfire of racism, colonization, transphobia and misogyny’.



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