City of Boise Proclaims May 17th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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For the very first time in its 8-year history members of the State of Idaho’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and its allies are getting ready to join in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O.).  As part of the planned festivities, Idaho’s capital city has officially proclaimed May 17th as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

In a press release, I.D.A.H.O. organizer Christopher Cooke said the historic proclamation gives the entire state hope that a new era is on its way when it comes to human rights. “With the the unanimous passage of a LGBT focused anti-discrimination ordinance, the appointment of a LGBT Police liaison, and now the proclamation calling for an end of intolerance and phobia when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity, it’s pretty clear that the city has become a role model for other cities in Idaho to follow. We have no doubt that Boise’s light of truth, fairness and compassion shines like a beacon and that equality will soon become the norm in every corner of our state thanks to its leadership.”

I.D.A.H.O. events are scheduled to take place in Idaho on May 16th and 17th. On Thursday, May 16th, Idahoans will gather at the Anne Frank Memorial for an interfaith vigil to honor those impacted by the harms of homophobia and transphobia here at home and around the globe. The vigil will begin at six pm.

 On Friday, May 17th there will be an educational forum on the progression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality. The forum will include a free screening of the award winning film, “Stonewall Uprising” followed by a panel discussion on the “state” of LGBT equality in America and here in Idaho. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm inside the Boise State University Student Union Building Bishop Barnwell Room.

Pocatello’s LGBT community and its allies will also be observing I.D.A.H.O. on Friday with a celebration that will include speakers and personal stories. The event will start at 7:30 pm at the Co Ho (‘The smart bar’), located at 904 S 4th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83201. All events are free and open to the public.

Click HERE to visit the Act Up Idaho website. You can also find the group on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Idaho to Observe International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O.)

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As hundreds of organizations around the world mobilize to celebrate the International Day Against Against Homophobia and Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O.), for the very first time in its 8-year history members of the state of Idaho’s LGBT community and its allies are getting ready to join in the celebration.

Created in 2004, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is global date set aside to draw the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, public opinion, the media, etc, to the issue, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. As much as it is a day against violence and oppression, it is also a day for freedom, diversity and acceptance.

Organizers here in the state of Idaho say they are joining in the movement to not only highlight the problems of homophobia and transphobia around the state, but also to draw attention to the need for more elected officials to take a stand to protect ALL of their constituents.

Organizer Christopher Cooke says Idaho lawmakers can no longer ignore the growing need for such laws and ordinances,“When you have bodies like the United Nations and the State Department calling for tolerance and understanding for the LGBT community on a global scale, it’s mind-boggling that here at in the gem state lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women continue to be harassed, beat, and bullied. They also continue to be at risk of losing their housing, their jobs and can be denied public accommodation simply for being who they are. Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the situation.”

Far from being a “gay” issue, homophobia and transphobia targets all people who don’t conform to majority sexual and gender roles. It also continues to be a global problem. In more than 80 countries around the world, loving someone of the same-sex is still considered illegal, at times involving life-time imprisonment. In 7 countries, homosexual acts are punishable by death. In almost all countries, freedom not to act as socially determined by one person’s sex at birth is being limited by Transphobic laws and attitudes. But even in progressive countries, like here in the U.S., these phobias still exist in the form of discriminatory laws, unjust representations in the media, unfair treatment by employers, negative social attitudes, etc.

“We are a coalition of concerned individuals, and organizations . Our dedication is driven by our passion, and shared desire to make Idaho the best we can. We have felt the collective pain in injustice in our community, and seek only to do our part in building, educating, and activating our community, and allies, in achieving dignity and equality. Though love we unlock the potential greatness our community has to offer,” says Cooke.

I.D.A.H.O. events are scheduled to take place in communities around the state on May 16th and 17th. The events are free and open to the public. To learn more, to share your story, or to get involved you can go to the event website set up for the state of Idaho set up at www.actupidaho.org or you can find the official Facebook page HERE.

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Occupy Idaho: Protests Planned Around The State

It may not be LGBTQIA specific, unless you happen to be a queer person who believes that our political system has been co-opted by the greedy fingers of Wall Street..and really who doesn’t except maybe the suits at the capital building…but this is definitely the “Event of the Day” in the Gem State.

The idea was sparked in June by a challenge issued in AdBusters Magazine calling for a mass demonstration against the corporate influence in the democratic process.

The idea took off and the occupation of Wall Street is now in its third week. Don’t relive what you’ve heard in the media about protests not having a point either. They do.

According to a statement issued by the General Assembly of protesters at Liberty Square:

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

So grab a sign and hit the streets at a location near you,  I’d recommend leaving your Abercrombie & Fitch shirt at home though..just saying..

Occupy Boise March: 2:30pm – 5:30pm today. Assemble at 2:30pm to meet, eat together, and make signs. The march will leave from the Memorial at 4:30pm down 8th St to Capitol Park. Join in at any time!

Occupy Moscow:  Noon-7pm today. Assemble at Friendship Square, downtown Moscow.  Be at theTown Square (fountain/clock) Saturday October 8th at 2:pm to talk about our rally anyone who comes will be much appreciated  Bring signs, chairs, whatever you need.  Please remember that this is a peaceful demonstration. Please do not litter, block business entrances, or loiter in the street. Everyone is welcome! Our time is upon us! Let’s make our voices heard!

 Occupy Idaho Falls:Join in the protest on Saturday 10/8 at 5:00 PM  at Occupy Idaho Falls as we stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. Assemble  on the Greenbelt – Near Memorial & A St on the river side.

Other event and protests may be planned around the state.

Be sure to check in at:

Occupy Coeur d’Alene

Occupy Rexburg!

Occupy Pocatello

Occupy Idaho

If you go be sure to take pictures and send us a write up on your observations of the event: idahoagenda@gmail.com

National Coming Out Day To Be Observed Across Idaho

This coming Tuesday, October 11th marks the 23rd annual observation of National Coming Out Day. Started in 1998, the day is meant to celebrate life beyond the closet doors and to invite more meaningful conversations on what it means to live openly and honestly as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individual.

Unfortunately, here in Idaho not everyone can come out of the closet. It is still legal in Idaho for an employer to fire you for being  gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. In fact, just the perception is enough for a person to not only lose his or her job but their housing and other basic human rights as well. You can bet that will be one of the many topics of discussion during this year’s coming out day activities in Idaho.

If you are able to be out and proud then grab an ally and get your pride on!  This year there are events occurring in most of the major cities across the state.

Here’s a schedule of just some of the events that will be happening:

Boise:

The Boise State University Women’s Center in conjunction with BGLAD will be holding four days of events starting with a Sexual Health Q&A on Monday, October 10th from 7-9 pm in Simplot A. On Tuesday, October 11th from 9:00 am-3:00pm in the quad there will be a number of panels, booths and a whole lot more.  Several other events are scheduled as well. For more information and a complete listing check out the Women’s center’s page of events.

Twin Falls:

Members of the LGBTQIA community and allies will be holding a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Twin Falls County Courthouse from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that evening. Participants will be celebrating their own personal coming out as well as remembering the many Idahoans who can’t.  The public is invited to attend.  The event is being sponsored by the College of Southern Idaho’s Gay Straight Alliance Club. There will be other events happening at CSI as well. Watch their facebook page for more information.

Pocatello:

Monday, October 10, 2011, 6:00pm at Student Union Ballroom – Idaho State University.  Join the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at Idaho State University for a National Coming Out Day event with Mike Manning, former HRC intern and star of “The Real World: Washington, DC”. Through video and conversation, Mike will recount his coming out experience, his time with HRC in Washington, his experience on “The Real World”, and much more.  Following the event, you’ll have time to chat with Mike, and learn how to get involved with our fight for full LGBT equality in Idaho and across the United States. Bring your friends for what’s sure to be a wonderful time!

ISU’s QSA club will be having a Coming Out booth on National Coming Out Day inside the ISU Rendezvous on the 11th and 12th!

For more events be sure to check out ISU’s LGBTSA facebook page.

Moscow:

The University of Idaho is celebrating with a whole month of activities!  The month includes an LGBTQ film series, National Coming Out Day observance, panel discussions and more. Check out the whole calendar of events on their website.

If there isn’t a event happening near you then why not grab a group of friends and create an event of your own? Lets us know about it and we will help spread the word. Email us at idahoagenda@gmail.com.


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