On March 15th, 2017, students in the Queer Indigenous Studies course and the Queer Resource Center will host the second annual Queer Indigenous Gathering at Southern Oregon University in the Rogue River Room from 5 pm to 8 pm. This event is free and all are welcome. This collaborative final project brings together concepts explored in our class including, survivance (survival + resistance = continuance), heteropatriarchy, heteronormativity, eroticism, love, healing, community, gender, and sexuality. Students envision this event as a community dinner, an educational celebration, and a gift to the community, while it is also an intervention that serves to unsettle racism, settler colonialism, and heterosexism.


SOU Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room


March 15th, 2017
5:00 pm Doors Open
5:30 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Program 

Our speakers include:

Demian Diné Yazhi’ (Diné) he/him/his

Talk Title: Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist Art

Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) & Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water). Whether he is broaching topics adjacent to Decolonization, Survivance, & Queerness in written or visual language, Demian is caught in a narrative that is informed by romanticized notions of belonging & the alienation experienced through centuries of forced assimilation to White Supremacist Capitalist Heteropatriarchal Colonization. His practice is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape representation, memory formation, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, poetry, and curatorial inquiry. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian is the founder & director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to education, perseverance, & evolution of Indigenous art & culture, as well as co-director for the forthcoming zine, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. DinéYazhi was an artist-in-residence at Institute of American Indian Arts (2016), and is a recipient of Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency. He has received grants from Evergreen State College (2014, 2016), PICA - Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014, 2016), Art Matters Foundation (2015), and Potlatch Fund (2016). www.demiandineyazhi.com // Instagram: @heterogeneoushomosexual

Candi Brings Plenty (Oglala Lakota) she/her/hers

Candi, is a fierce Two-Spirit leader and social justice warrior, who utilizes her unique leadership aspects to serve her community. She is the Executive Director at The Equi Institute and works to empower and improve the health of LGBTQQI2S communities in the Pacific Northwest. 

fabian romero (Purépecha) they/them/their

Talk Title: Reclamation, Reconnection, and Responsibility: Returning Home to Our Indigenous Roots When We've Been Told to Leave Them Behind

Purepécha poet-scholar fabian romero was born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in the Pacific Northwest. They co-founded and participated in several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues and Mixed Messages: Stories by People of Color. Their scholarship, poetry and experimental films are rooted in personal two-spirit, queer and immigrant experiences. Their written work can be found in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and their self-published chapbook Mountains of Another Kind. romero earned a BA from The Evergreen State College with a focus in writing and social justice. They are currently a Doctoral student in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies department at the University of Washington. fabianromero.com

Get more time and location details about this gathering on our SOU Campus Event Listing here.

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by Brook Colley - NAS Chair Brook Colley
March 10th, 2017