Celebrating the Full Spectrum of Gender and Sexuality

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Humanity is at a crossroads. As we transition into a society led by equity and compassion rather than hate and fear, we must challenge antiquated beliefs that have led us to repress our true identities.

We’re beginning to lean into the elemental truths of sacred masculinity and divine femininity. By honoring this balance in ourselves, we can truly embrace our emotions, realize our interconnectedness, and find compassion for one another.

This week, we explore new and evolving perspectives on gender identity.

The Radical Inclusion of All Genders and Sexualities

Current debates about the standing of LGBTQIA+ persons have raised new awareness around gender and sexuality. People whose sexualities and gender identities cannot be contained within hetero-normative (and binary/cisgender) culture have always existed, but oppression,  discrimination, and violence against them have long been the norm and continue.

In this panel, three leaders in gender and sexuality fields discuss the systemic oppression of gender and sexual minorities in the context of intersectionality and explore how to achieve the full inclusion of all genders to help bring humanity to its full potential.

The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Click here to read more from these leaders about gender creativity, community support, and other issues around gender and sexuality expression.

Re-Imagining Manhood: Four Leaders Discuss the Sacred Masculine

Sacred masculinity helps men turn toward their authentic selves and break free of the rigid, repressive definition of manhood prescribed by larger society. In this panel, four leaders discuss their work to help men connect with their sacred masculinity. Featuring Jerry Tello, co-founder of the Healing Generations Institute; Jewel Love, CEO of Black Executive Men; Hector Sanchez-Flores, Executive Director of the National Compadres Network; and Will Scott, co-founder of the Weaving Earth Center.

Read more here.

I Am Because I Am: The Expansion of Gender Identity

This guest podcast from the producers at Making Contact explores the expansion of gender identity and presumed roles in our society. Diverse perspectives provide a look beyond the socially constructed ideas of what is male, female, masculine or feminine.

This show traverses questions like: What does it mean when individuals challenge specific societal expectations of gender? In the spectrum of “queer identity” how does one embody masculinity, femininity, or neither? And how are communities responding to the potential threat of erasure?

Read more and listen here.

Nina Simons: Celebrating Women’s Ways

In her new book, Nature, Culture and the Sacred (Green Fire Press, 2018), Bioneers Co-Founder Nina Simons offers inspiration for anyone who aspires to grow into their own unique form of leadership with resilience and joy. It features stories of women who are leading the way towards transformational change by cultivating vibrant movements for social and environmental justice.

The following poem is from the book’s final essay.

Read the poem here.

Join Us for This Webinar to Support the Wampanoag Nation

Lyla June — a Diné artist, activist, scholar and Bioneer — is working with her colleagues to organize a webinar in support of the Wampanoag Nation. This webinar training, “How to Be in Solidarity with the Wampanoag Nation,” is a response to the tribe’s reservation having recently been “disestablished” in a unilateral and nefarious act by the US Department of the Interior.

Join us for this Zoom conference call on Sunday, April 12 from 2-4 p.m. PST as Wampanoag tribal member Danielle Hill teaches participants how to stand behind the Wampanoag at this time and protect their lands and people from further government swindling and colonization.

Donations are suggested on a sliding scale from $25-$70, and all registration fees will go to 440+ families from various Indigenous Nations who have asked for assistance. Donate through PayPal to nativefund1680@gmail.com.

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