"When you leave this place, go home and make ready. Nourish your mind' nourish your spirit, prepare yourself for the formidable work that is before us," Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb told the rally, which filled the Statehouse steps and spilled across the street to Capitol Park. "Act; don't talk about acting; don't think about acting; don't dream about acting; I want you to act. The time is short."
Among the roster of Saturday's speakers was Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson who will soon retire as the city's top cop.
"We want people to be safe, and that includes being safe from discrimination," said Masterson. "A community and a state that value safety and security for all is a safer community, period."
Masterson told the gathering that he had received a troubling email in 2012 from a friend of an individual who was a victim of a crime. Masterson said there was evidence that the victim was targeted due to sexual orientation.
"That crime went unreported. That victim lacked trust that the crime would be investigated as the hate crime that it appeared to be," said Masterson. "And reported crime perpetuates crime."
Hundreds of attendees wrote personal message on post-it notes, urging lawmakers to support this year's proposed legislation. When advocates did the same thing three years ago, the GOP majority of the legislature pushed back by crafting a new Idaho law, banning such post-it notes from being affixed to Statehouse doors. In response, this year's post-it notes were plastered on make-shift doors, propped up just below the Capitol steps, at Saturday's rally.