Councils, police, health trusts and the probation service are all using the tribe's name to promote the "well-being" of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.
More than 100 organisations have obtained the Navajo charter mark under a scheme set up to ensure that they are "gay-friendly".
Writerfella here --
Oh, sure, the Navajo are LGBT-friendly, but not in any recent time. writerfella knows of a bisexual Navajo artist who lives in this area who more or less is banished from the 'rez and only can visit for a few days a year when he takes his mother there for Xmas. As we used to say in the 60s, yippee-s**t!
This seems like a variation of the "noble savage" or "eco-warrior" stereotype. Namely, the idea that Natives are purer of heart than the rest of us--more tolerant of people who are different.
If that was ever true, I doubt it's true now. Since Americans have cheated them so often, I bet Native people are less open and trustful than average.
I bet this is especially true of their attitude toward gays. Since many Natives have become conservative Christians, they share the Bible thumpers' doubts and fears.
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