How saying ‘I’m gay’ in Heiltsuk connects this Indigenous man to his ancestors
‘That word makes me so happy,’ Steven Hall says with a smile.
Steven Hall says he “went through a bunch of different struggles of identity,” from being part of the LGBT community, to religion, to accepting that he’s from a lower income family — “and not being ashamed of that.”
His biggest struggle, he says, was embracing his identity as Heiltsuk. Throughout, his language has been his anchor.
This video captures a bit of his journey — and the joy he feels when he expresses his sexuality in his own language, the language of his ancestors.
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