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At Boise City Hall Pride Flag Raising, A Call for Inclusion


  • Harrison Berry
Speaking in front of Boise City Hall the morning of June 14, City Council President Lauren McLean's comments on the raising of the Pride flag verged on prayer.

"You're loved, you're wanted, and your city believes you should be treated with dignity and respect," she said.

  • Harrison Berry
McLean joined other members of the Boise City Council, Pride organizers and activists in front of City Hall to offer remarks on 30 years of the festival. In the early years, Pride parade participants often hid their faces to avoid being identified as part of the LGBTQ community; over this coming weekend, organizers expect tens of thousands of people to partake in festivities.

Standing beside McLean was Boise Pride organizer Joseph Kibbe, who attended the first march wearing a bag over his head. Reflecting on the changes to the city over the last three decades, he said "I never would have envisioned this in my entire life."

Soon thereafter, a city worker hoisted the rainbow Pride flag.

Visible in the background of the flag-raising was the massive Pride Main Stage and the Idaho State Capitol, where the Department of Administration has told event organizers that it will not, as it has in years past, illuminate the building with the Pride rainbow. Instead, Pride raised funds to beam a rainbow onto the Capitol from Cecil D. Andrus Park starting at 10:30 p.m. on June 24.

"This is a rebellion—a little act of defiance," Kibbe said.