Show youth the rich Two-Spirit tradition. Give them unshakable pride that replace suicidal thoughts. Confront subtle bullying that leads to larger discriminations and even to murder–by engaging hatred with love.
The NEXT STEP for a film that changes HEARTS and MINDS.
Join our campaign to place TWO SPIRITS in more¬†public libraries, colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide.
According to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP), gay teens are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. And Native American youths have the highest rates of suicide among all ethnic groups.
We’ve heard from young people who are no longer suicidal after seeing the film because they have a new sense of pride and identity. And we’ve seen how the film stimulates action and deepens the discussion around sexuality and gender in ways that will influence many students for the rest of their lives.
When people watch TWO SPIRITS, they change their minds about LGBT and Two-Spirit people. And when people¬†change their minds, they change their behavior and that’s how the world changes for the better–one heartfelt connection at a time.
Moving from ACCEPTANCE to CELEBRATION.
TWO SPIRITS¬†is an award-winning documentary that creates a shift from¬†mere tolerance,¬†or acceptance, to a¬†CELEBRATION of LGBT and Two-Spirit¬†people.¬†It¬†demonstrates that people contribute not in spite of, but¬†BECAUSE OF who they are. See the difference? That’s a BIG change.
Like when a young person comes out to their traditional Native grandmother and her response is, “Oh, my friends will be so jealous!” It’s¬†being able to tell people¬†that same sex unions have been honored here in America for thousands of years. That’s what we want people to feel–that shift.
A Legacy of CHANGE in YOUR name.
The film is about a terrible hate crime and the death of Fred Martinez, and it’s also about love–of a mother for her son, and of many Native cultures for their Two-Spirit people. It’s a message that resonates with people in powerful ways and creates healing.
The nation is changing and progress is being made, but unfortunately violent hate crimes against LGBT people rose 13% in 2010 (LA Times, 7/13/11).¬† There’s still a long way to go, and we know education is the most effective tool against violence, which is why we’re working so hard to get TWO SPIRITS into as many libraries, colleges and universities as possible, as soon as possible.
Progress is happening, but we need YOUR help.
This summer, TWO SPIRITS was welcomed to the White House and¬†was seen by several branches of government. The American Library Association recognized the film as “making a significant contribution.” TWO SPIRITS¬†is currently¬†being offered in 296 colleges and universities and 41 libraries nationwide.
We thought that was great, until we learned that¬†there are literally thousands of libraries, colleges, universities, and high schools¬†nationwide (over 16,000 public libraries, 1,160 Bureau of Indian Affairs and government¬†libraries, more than 3,600 college and university¬†libraries, and 16,000 high schools) and we want to get at least one copy and a study guide of TWO SPIRITS into all of them.
We’re reaching out to philanthropists and foundations for our big goal of $464,000, but with friends of the film and their friends and their friends we’re convinced we can raise $50,000 to start getting as many¬†copies of TWO SPIRITS¬†as possible into as many libraries and educational institutions¬†as possible, as soon as possible, so we can reach the people who need to see this film NOW. Will you help?
This is a volunteer, grassroots effort fueled by passion for the cause, but it’s going to take hundreds, maybe even thousands of us to get this important message out in a big way, so we’re inviting you to be CREATIVE about how to share this campaign and spread the messages of TWO SPIRITS with others.
Imagine who might pick up a copy of TWO SPIRITS from a library shelf or attend a class where it’s shown¬†and have their life changed because of¬†YOUR contribution of DVDs.
Please spend a few dollars right now to make your contribution to reaching more people. You tell us how much and we‚Äôll choose the colleges/universities, high schools, libraries that receive the copies you provide based on our lists.
Help us reach out creatively.
- Contribute online now to provide copies of TWO SPIRITS to colleges, universities, and libraries.¬†It will only take about two minutes and will have an impact that will reach further than you could ever know.
- If you can step up with a larger gift yourself or connect TWO SPIRITS with someone you know who¬†may be able to¬†provide a larger gift, know that your help will make a huge difference.
- Get a personal copy for your use and give the DVD as a gift. There’s a buy-one-get-one-for-half-price deal at¬†twospirits.org
- Proudly¬†wear the message on a tee shirt
- If you can’t contribute dollars now, that’s okay. One of the most valuable ways to help the TWO SPIRITS¬†campaign is to share it widely with your family and friends with the¬†social media buttons below. Tell your story, encourage others to tell theirs and to contribute in their own way to the movement.
- Like us on Facebook,¬†follow us on Twitter, sign up for the newsletter¬†on¬†the TWO SPIRITS website.
Anything you do is wonderful! On behalf of all the people who will see the film because of you, we say THANK YOU!
Imagine who might pick up a copy of TWO SPIRITS from a library shelf or attend a class where it’s shown¬†and have their life changed because of your contribution.