The Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ community and its individuals will be the focus of two events in September to which the LGBTQ community is invited to attend free of charge.
Lenny Hayes, MA LADC, an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate in South Dakota, is providing two presentations on the UW-L campus Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8-9.
A reception and welcome social begins the activities from 4-5 p.m. in Port O’Call, Cartwright Center. Hayes then is making a presentation, followed by a Q & A, at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Nations (room 1309 in Centennial Hall).
Hayes, who has extensive training in mental health issues that impact the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ community, is going to provide the history of the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ community and its individuals and provide information about changing our ideas about Two-Spirit people.
He is going to speak about the intergenerational trauma on the Two-Spirit community during a presentation from 8-9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, in Port O’Call, Cartwright Center.
Hayes is owner and operator of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC. He works with the Native community with the American Indian Family Center, the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe, Little Earth of United Tribes and consults with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. He is chairman of the board of the Minnesota Two-Spirit Society and a board member for the First National Repatriation Institute.
A weekend of fun activities, food and various events for the entire family best describes this year’s annual PRIDE celebration Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13. The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection, its members, business members, supporters and allies are hosting the events.
Westtstein’s Appliance kicks off the weekend from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a PRIDE Breakfast in its Demo Kitchen at 205 3rd St. North in La Crosse. Everyone is encouraged to stop by for the complimentary breakfast, chat with one of The Center’s Business Members and Supporters as well as others joining the PRIDE celebration.
After breakfast, everyone is invited to PRIDE in the Park from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Riverside Park. It is an event for all ages dedicated to promoting human rights, celebrating the diversity within our community, challenging discrimination and working toward full equality for all. The event is a safe and welcoming environment for all attending. The event is free, and open to the public.
New to PRIDE in the Park is the Music and Entertainment Stage on which performers including SHESHE, Sexy Ester, Oh My Love, Annabel Lee and more will be performing. More than 50 vendors including local artisans, merchants, non-profit and community groups are attending. A special kids’ activity area also is featured during the day.
Saturday’s events conclude with “So You Think You Can Drag?” at 9 p.m. in the Cavalier Theatre and Lounge, 114 5th Ave. North. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show is for ages 18 and older; the lounge is open only to those 21 years and older.
La Crosse’s Queen and King of 2014, Tammy WhyNott-Breeze and Nicoli Clyne, is emceeing the event. Judges include Dick Record, former president and general Manager of Midwest Family Broadcasting in La Crosse; Dan Westtstein, owner of Wettstein’s Appliance; and Twitch, the team captain and #333 on the Mississippi Valley Mayhem roller derby team.
Tickets are $12 in advance when purchased online (7RiversLGBTQ.org) or at The Center, 230 6th St. South in La Crosse. Tickets are $15 at the door. Preferred Seating (the first three rows of the theatre) can be purchased for $25. VIP Seating includes seats at the cocktail tables in front of the theatre, and an after-show backstage pass to meet the performers and attend a reception. VIP Seating is $40.
The weekend of PRIDE events concludes with a Putting with PRIDE Golf Tournament at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Pine Creek Golf Course in La Crescent, Minn. The best ball tournament includes a Par 3 Contest, course prizes and a drawing. Cost is $40 per person and includes 9 holes, cart and lunch. Non-golfers are encouraged to attend and watch the Packers take on the Bears in the first regular season game that starts at noon.