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November 06, 2016

Months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages legal across the United States, a fight for equality still continues in some Native American communities where marriages between same-sex couples are still not recognized. 

August 27, 2015

Many federally recognized tribes have their own governments and laws banning gay marriage.

July 07, 2015

The Navajo, who count 300,000 members and to whom smaller tribes often look for direction, passed a law in 2005 explicitly banning gay marriage. It followed in the footsteps of the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law recognizing marriage as between a man and a woman that was signed by Bill Clinton in 1996, according to Native American LGBT advocates and historians. But Nelson, 29, says times are changing on reservations, too.​

December 09, 2015

While many American citizens were busy celebrating on June 26, members of the Navajo Nation were not able to rejoice. For Navajo tribal members, same-sex marriage is not legal although it is now legal in the United States.

“Once again, we were forgotten on a national level and the fight for marriage equality is not over,” said Alray Nelson, Navajo member and lead organizer for the Coalition for Navajo Equality. “It’s not ended. We’re still here fighting.”

April 06, 2015

Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn't likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation's two largest.

February 13, 2014

Alray Nelson, an openly gay Navajo man, is using the national spotlight to push for gay rights on the Navajo Nation. Nelson, the 28-year-old founder of the Navajo Equality Coalition, wants to see a shift in the way his tribe views gay unions. “Hatred is foreign to us as a people,” he said. “It hurts me to know that our leaders in Window Rock are telling people it’s OK to get married off the reservation, but don’t come home because we’re not going to recognize your rights here.”

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November 14, 2019

Dine’ Equality, the largest Indigenous LGBTQ+ advocacy organization in the country is proud to announce our official endorsement of Zack Quintero for the Albuquerque City Council.

Mr. Quintero is running for District 2, an area that would represent students from the Na...

November 9, 2019

Founded in 1873, the Walter F. George School of Law is the professional law school of Mercer University. As one of the oldest law schools in the United States, students created its first LGBTQ+ organization on campus - OUTLaw. This LGBTQIA student alliance is changing...

September 29, 2019


Dine’ Equality, the largest Indigenous LGBTQ+ advocacy organization in the country is proud to announce our official endorsement of Vice President Gabe Aguilar for President of the Mescalero Apache Nation. 

Aguilar is a respected community leader, served our people in t...

September 23, 2019

Dine’ Equality, the largest Indigenous LGBTQ+ advocacy organization in the country is proud to announce our official endorsement of Carl Roessel Slater for the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

Slater is running for the vacant seat formerly held by respected Council Delegate...

September 5, 2019

The Diné Pride Board of Directors met in August to select a new executive director to lead the planning for the largest LGBTQ+ celebration for the Navajo Nation. By a majority vote, they have chosen longtime Navajo LGBTQ+ advocate and human rights leader - Alray Nelson...

September 5, 2019

History was made today on the largest Sovereign Nation in the United States for the Navajo LGBTQ+ community. Members of the 24th Navajo Nation, through official action of the Naabik'iyati' Committee, voted 16 in favor and 0 opposed to pass Legislation 0195-19 to suppor...

August 27, 2019

The Health, Education, & Human Services Committee (HEHSC) met in Rough Rock, Arizona, today to discuss Legislation 0195-19: Supporting the Equality Act (U.S. Senate Bill #788) authorizing the Speaker of the Council, President of the Navajo Nation, and the Navajo Nation...

April 25, 2019

On April 3, 2019, the Arizona House of Representatives recognized the month of June 2019 as “Indigenous LGBTQ+ Pride Month” through an official state proclamation sponsored by Representative Arlando Teller (D-District 7). 


Indigenous human rights leader, Alray Nelson, l...

February 22, 2019

In a news release this week, Queerty, the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ media organization, named its nominees for the 2019 Queerty Awards. Over 50+ nationally-renowned leaders in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer community are recognized each ye...

February 1, 2019

Senator John Pinto, D-Gallup, is requesting $1 million dollars to begin construction of the Navajo Code Talker museum. The site, close to the Arizona border in New Mexico, is in the area that generated the majority of the Code Talkers who courageously served during Wor...

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