Join Stephen Barrios for an educational session on two spirit people.
In honor of Missoula Pride and LGBTQ+ Pride month in June, join us at the Missoula Public
Library for a Two Spirit History presentation by Steven Barrios, founding member of the
Montana Two Spirit Society on Friday, June 3 rd at 3 PM in the Cooper Room on the 4 th floor of
the library. Through the Montana Two Spirit Society, Steven continues to educate and bring
awareness about a culture that due to colonization was almost forgotten and eliminated. For
over 20 years he has worked to educate Native and non-Native communities about two spirit
culture and the impact of HIV infection on Native communities. Since 1997, he has helped plan
and coordinate the annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering and watched it grow from a handful
of participants to one of the largest and longest running Gatherings in the Pacific Northwest
averaging 60 – 100 Native two spirits each year. Steven was recently honored with a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Southwest Two Spirit Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico.