On June 14, 2008 the Navajo Nation President, Joe Shirley, Jr., received the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Corporate Award. The award is presented yearly by Equality Arizona, an LGBT equal rights and education organization, to organizations which demonstrate a commitment and taken specific measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. This interview was done after the Equality Arizona Awards Dinner.
President Shirley stressed that public education is needed if Navajo LGBTQ and their straight allies want to change the Dine Marriage Act of 2005. He said he supports equality for everyone and thinks that leaders across Native America need to be together to work towards rights for everyone. Listen to the interview to hear more about his feelings on equality and vetoing the Dine Marriage Act of 2005.
NativeOUT apologizes for the loud background noise. We couldn’t find a quieter place to do the interview after the awards dinner.