Indigenous Voices: Banishing HIV Stigma through Storytelling

Written by on November 16, 2021

The Urban Indian Health Institute  and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center curated an hour of drag performance, storytelling, and discussions that amplify voices on Indigenous sexual health and trauma informed discussion.

Learn from artivists (artists + activists) Bill Hall (Tlingit) as he shares his story about his lived experiences with HIV with photos captured for the Discovery Center’s exhibition, Through Positive Eyes. Indigenous drag queens Eartha Quake (Navajo) and Landa Lakes (Chickasaw) will present Urban Indian Health Institute’s new short film, “Indigenizing Safe Sex with Glitz, Glam, and Honest Aunties,” before joining Bill for an empowering conversation on gender, stigma, and the intersections of identity and wellness moderated by Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of Urban Indian Health Institute and Executive Vice President of Seattle Indian Health Board. Daybreak Star Radio was present to take in this opportunity to learn how to take action for Indigenous wellness.

Resources from the Event:

Katrina: National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Support boarding school survivors.

Seattle-area viewers, learn more about HIV care at Seattle Indian Health Board

Find culturally-attuned HIV resources by Urban Indian Health Institute

StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally appropriate support and advocacy.

Northwest Two-Spirit Society’s Facebook group

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