LGBT Navajos Discover Unexpected Champions: Their Grandparents

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01/26/2019

When she was 5 years old, Michelle Sherman learned exactly what her mother thought of gay men. “I remember seeing two guys holding hands, and then my mom’s like, ‘Oh, that’s disgusting,’ and so I was like, ‘OK, maybe it is disgusting,’ ” Sherman says. But then she realized she was attracted to girls and began to believe something was wrong with her too. At just 11 years old, Sherman attempted suicide. Nationwide, the share of LGBT teens who attempt suicide is high — 23 percent. For Navajo LGBT youth, the rate is three times as high, according to the Navajo Nation’s Diné Policy Institute.

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