On The Agenda: Purple: The next step; A queer punk rock show; and Occupy Equality

This past  Thursday, as we donned our purple and used our favorite social and media outlets to draw attention to observe #Spirit Day, I couldn’t help but think, “what if all these people wearing purple here in Idaho took a few seconds to jot down their thoughts on a sticky note and asked their state lawmakers to add sexual discrimination and gender identity to Idaho’s Human rights law?”

Think about it for a moment.  With that many people taking just a few moments to jot down a few words, we could soon be living in a state that no longer allows someone to be fired for being who they are.  A state that says to landlords, hotel owners, and medical providers that the hundreds of gay men and women living across Idaho too are customers, worthy of the same dignity, respect, and treatment as any other customer.

This is our chance, Idaho, to say to the rest of the world that Idaho really is too great for hate.  Have you asked your friends and family to fill out a sticky note yet?  Organizers say they especially need to hear from folks living in  Eagle, Emmett, Weiser, Burley, Rupert, Rexburg, and St. Anthony. If you know anyone in these places can you ask them for (or get from them) a 20 word add the words message with their name and town. Text to 208 724-1761 or to email it to addthewordssticky@gmail.com. You can also leave a message at the Add The Words, Idaho website or in Boise and Twin Falls you can drop them off at your local a.l.p.h.a. office.

Speaking of equality there will be a queer Equality for All show tonight, Saturday October 22nd, at the Visual Arts collective in Garden City. Show starts at 6:00 pm., 5 bucks gets you seven bands, two poets and a chance to catch up with the Pride foundation. Click here for more information.

For those of you on facebook, a page has sprung up worthy of calling your attention to.  If you haven’t “Liked” the  national queer themed Occupy Equality page yet I invite you to do so. With all the Occupy movements happening across the state and across the country this weekend, Occupy Equality is a great place to be able to keep up with the Queer happenings within the larger movement.

Here’s what’s on tap for the  Idaho Agenda this week.  We’ll find out the outcome of a meeting taking place at the U.S. Attorney’s office on Monday regarding hate crimes in Idaho. It’s Gay history month! We’ll get a look at just how far we who live in the Gem state have come in our gay history. As usual, we’ll also be doing our best to bring you the latest news and happenings throughout the week.

Please feel free to follow the Idaho Agenda on Twitter at #IdahoAgenda and like us on facebook and participate!  The Idaho Agenda wants to help you get your organization or business LGBTQ event or happening out to the public. With almost 6000 readers so far this month, you can definitely be assured that your message will be heard.  We’ve still got a long way to go before we achieve true equality in Idaho and in our country, hopefully the Idaho Agenda is making a difference in helping to achieve that goal.

Email your news tips, submissions, events, press releases or other information to idahoagenda@gmail.com and we’ll help you get the word out.

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