Equality Campaign “Add the Words, Idaho” Launched Today

Guest Post by Mistie Tolman

Add the Words, Idaho, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Idaho Human Rights Act, AmmendmentDaily, people across Idaho, in small towns and in cities, live in fear of being fired from their jobs, being denied housing, public service or educational opportunities because they are gay or transgender.

In last winter’s legislative session, people posted sticky notes on the Senate State Affairs Committee doors asking the Chairman to allow a public hearing on the bill to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.

The stickies were a powerful presence, like having voices from all over the state speaking from the committee room doors. Security took the stickies down, but, every day, people put new ones up.

Last winter, we asked the Idaho legislature to hear us. It seems they didn’t. This year, from every town in Idaho and in every room of the statehouse, we want a sticky note saying it’s time to finally Add the Words.

Please stand with us. Idaho’s gay and transgender community can’t do this alone.

Activist Laura Doty sits by I84 freeway spreading the word for equality.

To write a paper or virtual sticky note and find you your legislators are go to http://addthewords.org

A 2007 statewide poll found that more than 63% of Idahoans felt it should be illegal to fire someone because they are gay. Yet still lawmakers have failed to do what the majority know is the right thing to do… Add the Words, Idaho!

Hate is a Lifestyle Choice for Bryan Fischer

Jody May-Chang©
May 18, 2009 PrideDEPOT.com

Bryan Fischer Idaho Values AllianceIt should come as no surprise that Bryan Fischer, executive director of the non-profit “organization,” Idaho Values Alliance, which consists only of himself, is once again being reckless with the facts.

Fischer’s desperate attacks against LGBT people are practically a daily obsession that could easily be dismissed as ridiculous were it not for his malicious tone.

He is Idaho’s front man for the anti-gay industry and he is betting the farm that his lemming-like followers will keep coughing up cash so he can continue his operation of sewing the seeds of fear and loathing.

Fischer’s contempt is so strong he regularly calls us Nazis, fascists, child molesters and more recently his lunatic claim that including sexual orientation in hate crime legislation would protect pedophiles.

Adding a new drum beat to his act, Fischer is parroting other far right extremists with, “GREAT NEWS: Even the left admits there is no gay gene.” A weak and flailing attempt to argue homosexuality is nothing but an immoral lifestyle choice.

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