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Audience Award Winner Two Spirits Was a Community Effort

This week we unveiled the winner of the 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award, our season finale Two Spirits. The film is the story of Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy who was naadlehi, or male with a feminine spirit. Fred was 16 years old when 18-year-old Shaun Murphy bludgeoned him to death for being different. When … READ MORE

The 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award Winner is … Two Spirits!

At film festivals, the award that often matters most to filmmakers and their subjects alike is the Audience Award. They know they’ve struck a chord when the audience applauds their efforts. The race for the most coveted award of the year for Independent Lens came down to the last 30 minutes of voting. Our top … READ MORE

LGBT Youth and Hate Crimes: The Experts Weigh In

We hosted a live chat on Facebook this week addressing the larger issues the film Two Spirits brings up for people. Hate crimes and bullying against LGBT youth has been much in the public mind of late, and issues surrounding transgender youth and parenting gender non-conforming children are appearing more frequently in the news. You … READ MORE

Judy Shepard: Children, Hate Crimes, and a Community of Grief and Progress

Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew in 1998 in a horrific hate crime. She is now the president and co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. She sent us this blog post in anticipation of Tuesday’s broadcast of Two Spirits. The film premieres at 10 PM on June 14 on most PBS stations (check local listings). … READ MORE

Cathy Renna on the Legacy of Fred Martinez

Cathy Renna, managing partner at Renna Communications and former organizer and spokesperson for GLAAD, is featured in the film Two Spirits (premiering on Tuesday, June 14 on PBS; check local listings). She wrote this blog post for us. It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since the brutal murder of Fred Martinez. … READ MORE

Demystifying the Language of Gender

Two Spirits has prompted a lively conversation about gender identity. When talking about issues related to the LGBT community, the always-evolving terminology can be difficult to grasp. When watching this week’s Two Spirits broadcast or in discussions about the film, you may find yourself confused about terms such as “transgender.” Here’s a quick reference guide … READ MORE