Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas), a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation and one of the first two Native women in Congress, served as the commencement speaker for Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, on May 24, 2019. Photo: Rep. Davids

'Champions of Pride': Native Americans celebrated for work in LGBTQ community

With Pride Month upon the nation, The Advocate magazine named Champions of Pride from every state and Native Americans and Indigenous people are well represented.

Of the 104 Champions of Pride, at least are 12 Native or Indigenous, accounting for more more than 10 percent of the honorees. Two states -- New Mexico and Oregon -- even boast two Native representatives.

"I’m so honored to represent my home state of OK for @TheAdvocateMag 2019 Champions of Pride," Jen Deerinwater, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, wrote in a post on social media. "I’m also thrilled to see so many of my Indigenous relatives & bi+, & trans/nonbinary/TwoSpirit fam represented here."

The annual list celebrates activists, artists, politicians, influencers, and others for their work in and on behalf of the LGTBQ community. Here are the Native and Indigenous representatives:

Natalie G. Diaz (Mojave from Gila River Indian Community), poet from Arizona

Tommy Pico (Viejas), author from California

Thomas Tonatiuh Lopez Jr (Otomi, Diné, Apache, and Lakota), activist from Colorado

Cathy “Taffy” Kapua (Native Hawaiian), activist and advocate from Hawaii

Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk), one of first two Native women in Congress, representing Third Congressional District in Kansas

Lady Shug (Navajo), performer from New Mexico

Trudie Jackson (Navajo), activist, advocate and politician from New Mexico

Jen Deerinwater (Cherokee), journalist, public speaker and founder/executive director of Crushing Colonialism from Oklahoma

Qwo-Li Driskill (Cherokee), scholar, activist and author from Oregon

Jennifer Lanier (Saponi), actor from Oregon

Ella Mendoza (Indigenous from Peru), artist in Utah

Layha Spoonhunter (Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and Oglala Lakota), youth activist and advocate from Wyoming

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