Indigenous People’s Day + National Coming Out Day

It’s not often that we get to commemorate two such important days simultaneously. On Monday, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Indigenous People’s Day and National Coming Out Day!

On Indigenous People’s Day, we honor Native American and Indigenous communities and commemorate their histories and cultures. We take intentional time to acknowledge the historical harm and trauma experienced by Indigenous people in the US and across the world, and we do everything we can to raise awareness of the devastating harm that continues today—from recent discoveries of even more mass gravesites of Indigenous children in Canada, to the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the poisoning of tribal waters, and so much more.

However, on Monday we not only focus on the impact of colonialism, we honor this holiday as an opportunity to lift up the beauty, brilliance, strength, and resilience of Indigenous communities, to celebrate their rich history and traditions, and to show gratitude for the stewards, past and present, of land that has been stolen from them.

This year, as Indigenous People’s Day falls on National Coming Out Day, it’s also an important opportunity to lift up the need for recognition and awareness across identities, and to lift up the experiences of Native LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit folks. We send our appreciation and love to the many Native-led and serving grantee partners we get to work with, and Native American scholars whose leadership we get to support across the Northwest. We are proud to prioritize Black, Indigenous, and other people of color LGBTQ+ communities in all of our funding, and we will only continue deepening that commitment and working to center those most impacted by injustice today, tomorrow, and in the years to come.

Here are just a few things you can do on Monday to honor Indigenous People’s Day:

Thank you for joining us on Monday in honoring these two important days for our communities. Together, we can create a world where all LGBTQ+ folks and all Native American and Indigenous people can not only survive, but thrive.


Katie Carter is Pride Foundation CEO.

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