The Navajo Nation gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit community has canceled the largest Indigenous Pride in the country, scheduled for June. This year marks the 4th anniversary of the weekend celebration where thousands were expected to attend. Diné Pride leaders have announced the launch of their youth scholarship program alongside several virtual gatherings that will take place this summer.
In a press release from Diné Pride, Executive Director, Alray Nelson said,
"This was not a decision we arrived at lightly. Our board of directors were in frequent talks with community leaders, our partners on the Navajo Nation, officials at other Pride organizations worldwide — and most importantly our LGBTQ+ relatives. We have heard from people who urged us to cancel to ensure we kept our Sovereign Nation safe. For the first time, Diné Pride will host virtual events this year."