Queer Indigenous health and the struggle for health justice with Rochelle (Rocky) Byrne from 2Spirits

This week on Let’s Talk…Social Justice, Kevin catches up with Rocky from 2Spirits: a program of the Queensland Council of LBGTI Health that works towards health justice for LGBTIQA+Sistergirl and Brotherboy First Nations people.

2 Spirits promotes community awareness initiatives through yarning circles, workshops, outreach, resources and campaigns, and aims to create a future where all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, non-binary, queer, Sistergirl, or Brotherboy are valued and feel included in broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQA+ communities. 

In this conversation, Kevin and Rocky talk about the specific barriers to health justice faced by queer and trans First Nations people in this country. They talk about some of the ways that queer Black folks are locked out of meaningful health care, and the intersecting discrimination they face in navigating health systems in this country.

2 Spirits think about the insights that queer and trans Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have on the way the health system functions in this country, and what might need to change for Indigenous health justice to be a reality for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.