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Slideshow: Thousands Gather at Idaho State Capitol for Boise Pridefest 2016

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Speaking before thousands of people on the Idaho Capitol steps during Boise Pridefest 2016, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said he saw flags flying at half-mast as a symbol of the LGBT rights movement.

"On the one hand, it said, 'Look how far we've come,'" he said before citing nondiscrimination laws giving housing, employment and public accommodations protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation. "On the other hand, it said, 'Look how far we have to go.'"

He issued a call to action:

"We need the people in this building behind me to also Add the Words," he said, referring to the nearly decade-long effort to add the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights law.

Bieter spoke less than a week after a mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub that rocked LGBT communities across the country. Despite added security in the wake of the shooting and reminders of the challenges people still face because of how they identify their gender or whom they love, Boise Pride could not be suppressed.

Check out Boise Weekly's slideshow of the rally and Boise Pride Parade.