Stace, Sisseton, South Dakota
I am a gay Native American living out and proud on the reservation. I have lived here almost my entire life. I even went to college here. It taught me so much about my culture and history. Traveling off the reservation is always a good feeling, but I truly love it here. The Dakotah way of life is dear to me; I am who I am because of where I’m from. My people have always looked at homosexuality as a person having two souls, a male and female. Hence, gay people are considered to have the gift of seeing things from both a man’s and a woman’s perspective. My relationship with my family is awesome. My brothers and sister and I all get along very well. My mother is very supportive and loving. She has sacrificed much to give me a good education, which she fiercely believes is important to have. There are always people who hate gay men, anywhere you live. I do go through a lot of issues. It is difficult to get a job because people know I am gay. And there is so much inequality. Despite that, I still love it here. I live my life as best as I can, and try to always treat others with respect, even when I’ve been disrespected.