NE2SS Councilmember Kevin VanWanseele traveled back to his hometown, San Diego, CA, to march with Karen Vigneault and her organization Nations of the Four Directions. NOTFD organizes the ‘twin-spirit’ community of San Diego metro area. NE2SS came to support their organization and ultimately support the national movement of the two-spirit/twin-spirit/winkte community.
“Most of the two-spirits were on the sidelines trying to blend in. When we passed we kept motioning them to join us in our group,” VanWanseele said. “A few joined us.”
Vigneault said she was contacted by numerous two-spirit friends afterward and asked to march with them next year.
“I saw a lot of faces on the sidelines that looked like they wanted so much to be marching and not just sitting. It’s surprising that there is still a lot of shame with being gay in such a large city. Maybe next year there’ll be a little less shame.”
Karen Vigneault wanted to thank the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society for their support.