In addition to fellowship and support, members learn about LGBTQ friendly community resources for mental health, counseling and substance abuse needs.
Janis invites representatives from various tribal agencies to speak at circle meetings and get to know its members.
“We’ve brought in people from the Public Safety Department. We want people to get to know us so our young people aren’t afraid to call police if needed,” Janis said.
Family members of LGBTQ people also attend the meetings.“We have mothers bringing their children to meetings; we have lesbian mothers bringing their children here for support too,” Janis said.