The Return of the Idaho Agenda


Nelson Mandela once wrote,”There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have been altered.”

Returning to the Idaho Agenda feels like home, yet so much has happened in my personal life and in the world at large over the past ten months or so its stories, opinion pieces, and reader comments seem more like an archive of another time and of another place rather then the handful of months since its last publication.

There are many reasons for its extended absence. Without going into a lot of detail, I will say that my life became such that day to day writing, editing and posting became impossible.

Even so, every advancement made in the name of equality in Idaho, every breaking news story and every email asking for the Agenda’s return brought with it the often times unbearable cravings to get to a computer and to feed whatever beast it is that drives a reporter’s addiction to the clicking of a keyboard, the pursuit of the perfect adjective and the desire to fill up an empty screen.

When I first started the Agenda, it was with the idea that  would be a journal of events, news and commentary by and for Idaho’s LGBTQIA community. A year and several months later, I believe that its mission is just as vital today as it was then.

For despite the victories of the past year, there is still work to be done. There are still stories to tell, events that need to be made known and conversations to be had.

There are still people in our beloved state who are afraid to “come out.” There are still whole communities in which fear, loneliness and oppression are still the norm and not the rare occurrence. There are still populations living within our state not yet truly included in our majority’s dreams and conversations of, “equal rights for all”. There are still advances to be made in the areas of health care, marriage, spirituality and a whole host of other needs that come with the idea that we all have the right to, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

It is with that work and with that mission in mind that I renew my dedication to once again providing an outlet for Idaho’s LGBTQIA community.

It is with that mission in  mind that I remind myself and my readers that,”equality IS the agenda.”

May we not rest until the agenda has been achieved.

If you would like to get the word out about your group, event or if you have an opinion on something related to the LGBT community email it to

Be sure you don’t miss a thing by following us at @idahoageda on Twitter and by “liking” us on Facebook!


4 Responses to The Return of the Idaho Agenda

  1. James, this is the best New Years news I could have. Welcome back, we missed you.


  2. Jani says:

    Reblogged this on janiswings and commented:
    IT’S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REJOICE AND BE HAPPY!

  3. Amy says:

    So glad you’re back. What a wonderful way to start out the first week of New Years!

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