Idahoan to Tour White House, Attend LGBT Policy Roundtable


An Idaho LGBT leader has been invited to attend an LGBT policy roundtable in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19.

Josh Parrish, 18, of the ACLU of Idaho, Jamee Greer of LGBT Montanans, Heather Purser of the Suquamish Tribe from Washington, and Kyle Rapinan of Seattle’s Queer Youth Space are set to attend the policy conference with other LGBT leaders at the behest of the White House, which had asked the Pride Foundation to suggest community leaders from around the country.

Parrish is a two-time Pride Foundation scholar for starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at Nampa High School during his sophomore year there and held a fellowship with American Civil Liberties Union Idaho. He now attends American University in Washington, D.C., where he is double-majoring in political science and international relations.

Parrish is still unclear as to what is on the roundtable's agenda but anticipates discussion to center on community outreach and the president's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and his support of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

"I'm still kind of waiting on a clarified agenda," he said.

What if he gets to speak to President Obama?

"If I had a chance to talk to the president, I'd thank him for the doors he's opened for the LGBT community," Parrish said.