Being gay is a unique experience. Being Native American is a unique experience. And being a gay Native person who has been able to thrive and survive and is brave enough to share a personal story of coming out in this cutthroat world is nothing short of remarkable.
Real transformation within families, groups of friends, communities, corporations, institutions, governments, and communities of faith is an inside job. Change is found in the smallest choices we make every day about how we treat each other.
This love letter was conceived in response to some recent attacks within our community against Ignacio Rivera, which we found profoundly heartbreaking to witness, and they evoked much larger implications for our community as a whole.
Redefining marriage as a civil right strips it of its defining feature as a reproductive union. This problem is seldom explicitly acknowledged. Yet, it is expressed indirectly in the semantics of the gay marriage debate.