Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.
In September 2020, Geo Soctomah Neptune made history as Maine's first nonbinary and Two-Spirit person elected to public office.
An educator, master basket maker, veteran drag performer, and vocal advocate for Indigenous rights, Neptune was voted onto the school board of Indian Township, Maine, the small town in which they were raised. Although it may seem like a humble victory, Neptune's win was an indication of progress in the Pine Tree State. It was also incredibly significant to Neptune, who has used their position to break barriers for the local Passamaquoddy people, their Indigenous tribe.
Neptune has gone on to win a $50,000 national fellowship from United States Arts for their traditional basketry. They plan to use the funds to make repairs at home and then build a workshop where they can focus solely on crafting black ash baskets.
"In the past year, I've expressed my Pride by educating others about Two-Spirit history and presence," they tell Logo. "And I will continue to make history by being a presence."
Snaps to that! Learn more about Neptune and the rest of our incredible 2021 Logo30 honorees in the video below.