Letter to the Navajo Times regarding LGBT article published on Nov. 24, 2005

Letter to the Navajo Times regarding LGBT article published on Nov. 24, 2005

This is a “letter to the editor” of the Navajo Times, regarding the article published on November 24, 2005, titled “Modern-day nádleeh: Gay Navajos share their hopes and struggles.” The author of the letter, Tomasina Grey, wanted to share her letter with NativeOUT.com readers.


Dear Editor,

First of all, I personally would like to commend the Navajo Times for providing a platform that has given a voice to the numerous Diné Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender community members.  More importantly, for providing an opportunity to share our knowledge of the nádleeh’s traditional roles, which have been important to the formation of Navajo culture.  These stories needed to be shared with all those who have not been fortunate enough to hear them, in them you will discover the true nature of how the Diné have continued to survive to this day.  Ironically, we as Diné have culturally displaced this gender identity from our own tribal stories and history.