Navajo Nation LGBTQ+ community to host Candlelight Vigil to honor Air Force Veteran Danny Atcitty

Diné Pride and the LGBTQ+ community will host a “Celebration of Life” candle light vigil this week on Thursday evening, February 6th, at 6:00 PM, to remember Danny in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers. We invite everyone to attend an evening where we will share memories and celebrate the life of our dear friend who gave so much to our movement.

Indigenous trans rights advocate Mattee Jim will serve as the hostess of the candle vigil memorial with speeches from those he loved, through music and poetry.

Danny Atcitty lll will be remembered as a leader for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two-spirit community on the Navajo Nation. His work to raise funds for the Diné Youth LGBTQ+ Scholarship and his advocacy for our veterans will be honored.

Danny was known for his great sense of humor and that smile was everything to us. He is forever remembered for his work ethic, an aspiring bow-tie designer, a fierce fighter for our LGBTQ+ veterans, a loyal friend, and a leader who raised hundreds of funds for the Diné LGBTQ+ Youth Scholarship. Danny's life deserves to be celebrated and remembered because his laughter and compassion impacted us all.
- Alray Nelson, Executive Director

A 2003 graduate of Window Rock High School, he deployed to England to serve four years in the United States Air Force as an electrical power production journeyman. Danny then finished his Bachelor of Science for business management from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Since he has worked in various management leadership positions for Wells Fargo, Finish Line, and TBK Bank.

In 2018, Danny volunteered for the first time overseeing the merchandise sales for Diné Pride in Window Rock, Arizona. He joined the Board of Directors in 2019 to oversee all sales for the organization.

Danny was a best friend, an uncle, brother, grandson, and a beloved son. He departed on Friday, January 31, 2020, with family at his side in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Diné Pride is honoring & celebrating our LGBTQ+ relatives & reaffirming the sacredness of their heritage. There are many social disparities that affect our community & our Pride event hopes to reintroduce Navajo teachings that kept our LGBTQ+ relatives safe & revered - the way our culture recognized at one point in history.

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