Human Rights Campaign Celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

by Alberto Morales

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Today, to honor Indigenous People’s Day, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Interim President Joni Madison issued the following statement:

“Today, we honor the histories and cultures of Indigenous people in the United States. As we celebrate the resilience, diversity, and contributions of these communities, we must confront the atrocities committed against them, both long ago and today, and recommit ourselves to remedy the harms and discrimination that Indigenous people continue to experience. The renaming of the Columbus Day holiday is one step forward towards defining an inclusive and just future but we must all look to find ways to center Indigenous people in the work that we do as changemakers, making sure to build an intersectional path towards liberation for us all.”

Joni Madison, Human Rights Campaign Interim President

This year, HRC partnered with American Indian College Fund to promote Indigebration, a concert honoring Indigenous People’s Day, taking place on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 6:30 PM MDT. Performers include Pink Martini, Portugal. The Man, Martha Redbone, Brooke Simpson, Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan, Frank Wain, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Jewel, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Special guests include Robbie Robertson, Tea Leoni, Mandy Pitkin/Kathryn Grody, and Ziggy Marley.

Indigenous People’s Day coincides with National Coming Out Day this year. HRC has available a wide assortment of coming out guides that serve as a useful resource to any LGBTQ+ person that is thinking about making this major life decision, or for anyone seeking to serve as a better ally to the LGBTQ+ people in their lives.

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