Members of the LGBT community still face prejudice and hate, even in our so-called enlightened world. That's where groups like Pride Foundation come in, which was founded in Seattle in 1985 by four individuals who devoted the agency to "raising and managing substantial funds to address the growing challenges facing the [LGBT] community."
In 1987, the foundation awarded $7,654 in grants to LGBT groups, but today, that number has increased significantly. It now awards hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and distributes one of the nation's largest LGBT scholarship funds.
Last year, the Pride Foundation set up shop in Boise to do some good. At Boise Pride in June, Steve Martin, Pride Foundation's Idaho regional development organizer, was approached by local musician Stephanie Bell of the band Hot Dog Sandwich. The two started talking and the Queer Notion benefit concert was born.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, live bands, local poets and artwork by BW contributor Mika Belle will fill Visual Arts Collective, all to raise awareness and support for the LGBT community. The bands have donated their time, and the VAC has donated the venue so that all the proceeds can benefit the Pride Foundation.
"I want people to know that we're trying to do something to support the grass-roots work of organizations that are trying to promote and create LGBTQ equality in Idaho," said Martin.
Bands performing include Hot Dog Sandwich, Central City Music Company, a.k.a Belle and The Retrobates. Poets include Brandon Follet and Ben the Drunken Poet.