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Wed, Jul 19



BAAITS Two Spirit Talking Circle with La Johnny

La Johnny returns as our July facilitator for our circle of IndigeQueer and Two Spirit community. These online talking circles are our time to circle up, reconnect, and focus on our individual and community wellness.

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BAAITS Two Spirit Talking Circle with La Johnny
BAAITS Two Spirit Talking Circle with La Johnny

Time & Location

Jul 19, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT


About the event

Please  join our IndigeQueer and Two Spirit community for this online talking  circle with our returning host La Johnny. This is our time to circle up,  reconnect, and focus on our individual and community wellness.

BAAITS  presents this series of Talking Circles in response to community  requests. These circles are created by and for Two Spirit,  IndigeQueer,  and Indigenous TG/GNC LGBQIA+ peoples, and we ask everyone who attends  to be respectful of this focus.

There is no cost for our  circles! We will host a monthly circle featuring different facilitators  during the year. Please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Eventbrite to receive notices of our upcoming programming.


FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION: Here are a few points to consider for our time together in circle:

  • Quiet Space: Try to find yourself a quiet comfortable location to join us from where you can focus and be fully present.
  • Sacred  Space: You may wish to prepare your space if you can, by burning  medicine to clear it out, lighting a candle, or do other grounding  practices.
  • Self Care: It's always good to have water or tea  ready for yourself. Sometimes circles can bring up emotions, so we often  have tissue close at hand to help with our healing tears.

Bay  Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) exists to restore and recover  the role of Two-Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations  community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic  expression of Two-Spirit people.

~~BIO: La Johnny

As  a Two-Spirit elder in training, Johnny aims to re-indigenize spaces and  practices that focus on healing. Johnny works in San Francisco’s  Tenderloin neighborhood, where he practices and explores what it means  to decolonize therapy and social work.

Johnny has been Circle  Keeping for 9 years. He started by working with youth in Long Beach,  then eventually around the state, following the guidance and teaching of  the National Compadres Network. In these spaces Johnny ensured that the  voices of queer, trans and two-spirit youth were centered and uplifted.

Along  with his current work in San Francisco, Johnny takes an active role in  creating spaces and ceremonies for indigiqueers through the Bay Area  Mexica Queer & Two Spirit (BAMQTS) Collective.

Through his circle-keeping practices, Johnny holds space so participants can build community and heal together.

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