GLAAD is proud to continue its endorsement of Out West, a film series that documents unique stories of the LGBT community in the American West from the 1880s to present day. The series will host a screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Two Spirits, which follows the life of Fred Martinez, a Native American teen who was murdered after living a life free of gender norms. The screening, presented by the City of West Hollywood in association with the Autry National Center, is Monday, June 28th at the Renberg Theatre at the Village in Los Angeles.
- Two Spirits explores Martinez' rich but short life. In Fred's (who also identified as F.C.) adolescence, he began to embrace his feminine identity in new ways, and was supported by his family who understood Fred's identity based on the well-established Navajo belief of nadleehi. Nadleehi people are known to have both masculine and feminine characteristics, and are highly revered in Navajo culture. Considered to have a more complex understanding of masculinity and femininity, a nadleehi is viewed as a valuable member of Navajo society and are treated with respect and reverence.