In the 15 years since Ellen Degeneres came out of the closet on network television, openly gay characters have become fixtures on everything from soap operas and reality TV to World Wrestling Entertainment. That has created a generation of people who reject the notion that the LGBT community is separate from mainstream culture.
In November 2012, Boise passed an ordinance protecting residents from being fired or denied housing on account of sexual orientation. That makes five cities in Idaho that have passed such ordinances. But the struggle continues, giving Boise Pride Week, which ends Saturday, June 15, even more importance.
Kick off the Pride celebration with Pride Movie Night at The Flicks Wednesday, June 12. Boise's indie theater presents Weekend, a film about a gay man whose one-night stand grows into something more. Starring Tom Cullen and Chris New, Weekend delves into themes of personal authenticity and honesty. The film starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $10 at the door.
Join the Idaho Tennis Association on Thursday, June 13, for the Boise Pride Tennis Party at Camels Back Park from 6-7:30 p.m. They'll provide equipment and instructors are ready with games and drills. Prizes will be given for best costume, so be sure to dress as something other than your favorite tennis player. The event is open to anyone age 15 and older, and food and drinks will be provided.
If you're still feeling the competitive spirit, Humpin' Hannah's is throwing the Boise Voice Extravaganza. Register at 7:30 p.m. for the competition. For those on the fence about singing in public, remember that the best singer wins $300 and 15 minutes of fame, aka, the chance to perform with the Rocci Johnson Band.
The celebrity judges include Matt Bragg, Minerva Jayne and Kris Jenkins, with emcees Rocci Johnson, Doug Flanders and Kate McGwire. Check out additional performances by musicians like Rebecca Scott and Deb Sager, Margaret Stigers, Matt Bragg and Leta Neustaedter. Competition starts at 8 p.m. and admission costs $5 at the door, $20 for competitors and $25 for VIP seating.
Pride Week events run through Saturday, June 15. For a complete list of events, visit boisepride.com.