Building Bridges ~ Creating Community
Celebrate Coming Out Week!
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Strand Union Room 235 - 4:30 PM
RSVP to attend
You Are Loved
“You Are Loved” is a documentary chronicling Montana Pride celebrating the diversity of all walks of life. The documentary explores what it means to be an LGBTQI in Montana, a rural state of not even a million people. "You Are Loved" is an overview of Montana Pride, covering events such as the drag show, the Diversity March, and interviews with prominent members of the community.
"You Are Loved" is produced/directed by Vanessa Naive, and filmed/edited by Jeff Dougherty,
both juniors in the School of Film and Photography.
With prompting from her friends, Vanessa Naive undertook the task of filming the Montana Pride Celebration. With the name change from "gay pride" to "Montana pride," Vanessa decided to utilize that angle when approaching the documentary.
"I've grown up in Montana my whole life. I haven't known anything different," she says in the documentary. "There are some incredible people in this state, and we get incredible people coming because it is beautiful.
Special thanks go to John Ohson and Tom Marsh for allowing the documentary to be filmed. Greg Phelps of Western Washington University composed the score.
There will be a panel discussion with participants of the documentary.
Living Two Spirit: Montana Gathering Reflections
In 2009, the Montana Two Spirit Society contracted with videographer, Anne Medley, to create a short video about the Society and its annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering. The short video highlights interviews with two spirit leaders and participants speaking about two spirit culture, history, ceremony, roles and responsibilities, family and reclaiming a rich and vibrant two spirit culture. The video speaks to the need to reach out to the two spirit youth of today and tomorrow as a way to not only build the two spirit movement but as importantly, to maintain the survival of a two spirit culture and tradition steeped in beauty and resilience.
Please join the Queer-Straight Alliance in conjunction with the Diversity Awareness Office in a screening of this short documentary followed by a panel discussion with Steven Barrios and David Herrera.
Steven Barrios (Long Time Holy Rain) / Blackfeet
Raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, Steven serves as a founding board member for the Montana Two Spirit Society. For over 15 years, he has conducted community building, advocacy and education for the Montana two spirit community. As a planning member for the annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering, he has worked to make the Gathering a successful event for the past 15 years. He conducts presentations about two spirit history throughout Montana as well as surrounding state and at national conferences. As a two spirit leader, he has served on various boards and committees representing Native and Indigenous Two Spirit communities. In addition to his two spirit education and advocacy work, Steven has also worked in HIV prevention by providing education and HIV testing services for Native communities.
David Herrera (White Eagle Tail Feather) adopted Blackfeet/ Mestizo