Idaho Democrats, advocating for greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender protections, are the grass-roots stage of creating a new political caucus, with particular focus on LGBT advocacy and legislation.
“We were asked by the higher ups in the party to set this caucus," said Van Beechler, chair of the new caucus. "With everything going on nationally, it seemed like it was the perfect time for the party to initiate this."
A caucus launch party, set for Friday, Oct. 11, was symbolically scheduled to coincide with LGBT "Coming Out Day," a national event.
“Holding our 'Coming Out' Party on National 'Coming Out Day' is deliberate and symbolic.” said Matthew Montoya, vice chair of the LGBTA caucus. “The principles behind this day align perfectly with our mission statement and the goals we are working toward.”
The mission of the new Idaho Democratic LGBT caucus is to promote awareness and create an LGBT advocacy network across the Gem State.
“What we are trying to do is to educate people within the party, educate people within their community on what our issues are," said Beechler. "Then identify the supporters and mobilize the supporters, and identify candidates and people who support our issues.”
Beechler added that the LGBT caucus would also work alongside other political caucuses on several human rights issues.
“We are not just a ‘gay’ caucus," she said. "We support all marginalized communities and minorities.”
The Coming Out party will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at Solid in Boise's BODO commercial district.