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Another Year, Another Pride Issue, Same Old Gripe

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Pride. I look forward to this issue every year for two reasons. First, although we cover LGBT issues regularly, this is the one week each year we're guaranteed to have coverage dedicated to a part of our community that continues to be largely ignored by the mainstream media. Second, our annual Pride issue marks my anniversary as editor of Boise Weekly. This edition is the fourth Pride issue that's been published under my watch, and each year, I hope that by the next Pride issue, I'll have something nice to say. Instead, I tend to get a bit mouthy in this space, lamenting that Idaho lawmakers continue denying basic protections and rights to Idaho citizens and taxpayers.

But this year, I won't get on my soapbox to once again wag my finger at lawmakers for continuing to sit on the Idaho Human Rights Act amendment. Nor will I revisit last week's lecture about remembering the lessons of our past and having the courage to repeat them. Instead, I'll simply point you to "Equality Now" from Zach Hagadone (Page 13), a piece that draws on history to reinforce the lesson that if difficult change is going to be achieved, bystanders--aka, heterosexual supporters--need to put some skin in the game, so to speak. This weekend's Pride festivities are an easy way to start. The annual parade from the Capitol is Saturday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. And if you support the LGBT community here in Idaho, put on your walkin' shoes. Another good way to show support: Come time for the Legislature to head back under the rotunda, ring up/write/email/Facebook your legislator and ask him or her to support an amendment to the Idaho Human Rights Act to include protections for gender identity and sexual orientation rather than shoving the bill aside yet again.

On a personal note, thanks to the staff of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, particularly the ladies of 9 East. I'm heartened to know that so many of you are Boise Weekly readers. Keep up the good work.