CNAY's Josie Raphaelito Shares Her Experience as an LGBTQ2S & Public Health Advocate

Josie Raphaelito, MPH, is a passionate advocate for tribal public health. She has six years of experience building relationships with Tribal Nations and citizens through community engagement and providing tools to elevate local perspectives of strengths and challenges into national discussions for change in Washington, DC. Josie currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Native American Youth. Read Josie's bio here  


Gen-I NOW: DC Interns Guide

The Indigenous Intern's Guide to Washington, D.C. includes advice, a map of Native organizations, a listing of other D.C. Native intern programs, and information about free events throughout the summer. 


Native Youth Artist Shares Design for Pride Month

CNAY Staff asked Darby Raymond-Overstreet (Diné) to share her work and experience as a young, LGBTQ2S artist. Darby was selected by CNAY as the winner of the Creative Native contest and has her artwork featured on the cover of the 2018 State of Native Youth Report. Check out more of Darby's artwork in her online portfolio here  


6/19 Gen-I NOW: LGTQ2S Resources

During this Pride Month, organizations throughout Indian Country have highlighted resources and opportunities to empower LGBTQ, 2-Spirit youth in our tribal communities. Listed below is a selection of resources and media from organizations meant to support youth in their gender and sexual identities.

Pride Month resources:

  • “Celebrating Our Magic” Toolkit is a culturally-specific resource for American Indian/Alaska Native communities and aims to provide resources for transgender and Two-Spirit youth, their relatives, and their healthcare providers.
  • CNAY Pride Month Blogs - Visit to read stories from LGBTQ+ youth and professionals, including a blog from CNAY Executive Director Erik Stegman. Stay tuned for more posts.
  • Native America Calling - Check out on Friday, June 21, 2019 for a show on Native LGBTQ2 artistic expression featuring youth leaders in the CNAY network.
  • The SMART Project was made for teen guys who are interested in taking charge of their sexual health. It covers topics that are important to gay, bi, and queer teen guys, like navigating sex and romantic relationships, understanding their sexual and gender identities, and connecting with the LGBT Community.
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Contact Joshua Bertalotto at with any questions, concerns, or to share any resources for Native youth.