Scholarships to be Awarded to Navajo LGBTQ+ Students

For the first time in Navajo history, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit community has launched the Diné Pride Scholarship Program. Two separate awards will be presented during the Welcome Reception & Festival in Window Rock, Arizona.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, all planned events will acknowledge the lifelong work of transgender women of color and honor Indigenous youth activism. As part of its mission to empower LGBTQ+ Native youth, Diné Pride will feature the work of indigenous student leaders around the country.

The Diyin ‘Adánitsiiskees Scholarship was created to empower the next generation of Navajo LGBTQ+ youth. Far too long, Western enculturation has distorted identity and the existence of our LGBTQ+ relatives amongst the Diné people. We plan to change that narrative by helping our own students excel in their higher education journey.
- Andy Nez, Pride Executive Director

The Diyingo ‘Adaanitsiiskéés Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 dollar scholarship to be awarded to a High School Senior from the Navajo Nation who self-identifies as LGBTQ+. Students must have made a significant contribution to the LGBTQ+ community and are addressing concerns facing their peers today. The Diyingo Bee Da’ahiiniiatá Service Award is a one-time $400 dollar scholarship to be given to a Middle School or High School LGBTQ+ and/or Ally Club or Organization that serves a predominantly a Navajo or Native student population. Organizations must be active for one-year and are planning to make a significant contribution to the LGBTQ+ community.

Our indigenous LGBTQ+ youth are doing amazing work around Indian Country and our awards will shine light on those inspiring stories. Diné Pride is determined to give back to the communities we serve.
- Alray Nelson, Pride Chief Operating Officer

Student leaders and organizations interested in applying can do so using the Diné Pride online forms:

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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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