Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Initiatives T-Shirt Design Contest

The Contest is Now Open

The American Indian College Fund is encouraging Indigenous tribal college students from the Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ communities to express their culture, and through original designs for a Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ T-Shirt.

Our 2SLGBTQ+ community holds limitless possibilities. We don’t just exist along a spectrum; we exist throughout the spectrum. We have always been, we have always existed, we exist still, we are here now, and we will always be.

We encourage our Indigenous Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ+ relatives to rely on your languages, the multiplicity of your identities, your homelands, and your knowledge of self and ask you to think and design freely and share with your broader community and relatives



Textile design experience is not necessary to enter.

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of Native artists and College Fund staff.

Only current Indigenous tribal college students are eligible to submit.

Students cannot submit more than one design.


Winners of the Competition

The 1st place winner of the competition will receive $600 and ten shirts with their design.

All eligible students who submit a design will receive a shirt.

The College Fund will be distributing a minimum of 10 shirts to all 35 TCUs for students prior to Pride month in June.

Submissions must be received by 5:30 PM MST on April 17, 2023.

For questions, please contact Kai Teague at 

Upcoming Virtual Session

The session focus is to share some of the history on how Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ relatives utilize arts as a means for expression, advocacy, and activism; and to inspire designers and acknowledge some of our amazing 2SLBGTQ+ artists.

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