Guest Post by Mistie Tolman
Daily, 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.
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!