Transgender Awareness Month: Remembering Fred Martinez, Nádleehí

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From BuryMyArt tumblr blogger post, burymyart: Fred Martinez poster :

High resolution poster of punk rock, indigenous radical queer warrior, Fred Martinez. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

R.I.S.E.

Radical
Indigenous
Survivance &
Empowerment

Info:
http://twospirits.org/
https://www.facebook.com/RISEIndigenous
contact: burymyart@gmail.com
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There is a documentary about Fred Martinez and nádleehí traditions, entitled Two Spirits. It was shown on PBS. Here’s the trailer:

I was incredibly moved by this film and remember the story well as it occurred here in the Southwest. I have been blessed to have friends and colleagues who are LGBTQ/Nádleehí Navajo/Diné. They have been of enormous support personally and professionally. So, I am biased, nonetheless, I think you will agree that this film is extraordinary. There is a website that is a companion to the film. Here’s their description:

“TWO SPIRITS interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.”

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“Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.”

More information here: http://twospirits.org/

This is a repost for Trans Awareness Month!
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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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