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 - to move forward the work for Diné Pride 2020 next June.
Alray is the founder of Diné Equality and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Equality New Mexico Foundation. He is co-founder of Diné Pride and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recognized him as as a Top 40 Native American Leader Under 40 and he is a recipient of the prestigious Naastiliid Rainbow Champion Award. He will continue to be a director at Teach For America while providing the overall direction for our Pride organization.
“Our Pride leaders come from diverse backgrounds and bring years of experience in organizing and advocacy. They are focused on planning another historic year with several community-focused events that will affirm the sacredness of our LGBTQ+ identities. I am honored to join this team of phenomenal advocates who care deeply about our young people, the elders, and our Sovereign Nation.”
- Alray Nelson, Diné Pride Executive Director
A new slate of LGBTQ+ leaders and allies were selected as Board of Directors to coordinate this historic celebration. They include a former LGBTQ+ title holder, a nationally-renowned human rights leader, a small business owner, a respected Two-Spirit youth leader, professionals in the social work field, a marketing executive, and several members who proudly served in the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Air Force.
Several community-focused LGBTQ+ events are planned this year going into 2020. Diné Pride will honor our LGBTQ+ Youth who are the movement leaders & change makers for our Sovereign Nations. We acknowledge the work our young people in Indian Country are doing to reclaim and protect the sacred knowledge about our LGBTQ+ history for the next generation.