What's it like to be a Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer in High School?

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Speirs, Amanda, Marie
School of education and technology
British Columbia’s (BC) Ministry of Education have recently implemented Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) resources. Yet, the current SOGI resources do not reflect the unique and complex issues related to Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ students. Indeed, there is a gap in the existing research literature about Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer students' experiences in high school. The purpose of this study was to learn about the lived experiences of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer students in a BC high school and how they experience support through their own personal stories. Using a theoretical framework based on intersectionality and queer theory, I conducted semi-structured interviews with three participants and analyzed the data using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). The critical analysis of the semi-structured interviews revealed the importance of family support and kinship, the need for personalized support that reflects their identities and culture, the need to address gender-phobic and queer-phobic bullying, and the need to develop cultural SOGI resources.
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