LGBTQ

Gabrielle Davis

My name is Gabrielle Davis. I am the owner and counselor for Equitable Counseling and Consulting based in Boise.

When I came here, I was looking for a way to serve my community. So I started to volunteer at ALPHA Idaho, which is a clinic, then I also volunteer at Youth Alliance for Diversity, which is a local LGBT youth social support group here in Boise.

We Are Idaho: Crispin Gravatt/ Penelope Windsor

Nov 13, 2020
Courtesy of Crispin Gravatt

 

My name is Crispin Gravatt. I am from Boise, Idaho, and I also go by the stage name Penelope Windsor.

Jyoni Tetsurō Shuler and Blake Hunter are collecting stories about LGBTQIA+ individuals in Idaho. It’s a project for the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, partially inspired in response to anti-trans bills signed into law this year in Idaho.

US Supreme Court

 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic decisions: First, they ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Then, the court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected 700,000 “DREAMers” from deportation.

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

This week's Supreme Court ruling shielding LGBTQ employees from discrimination effectively evens out a patchwork of protections in the Mountain West.


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In July, a transgender woman in Idaho will make history. 

Adree Edmo will become the first trans inmate in the nation to receive gender confirmation surgery through a court order. Edmo's legal case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now, a ruling in her favor stands as precedent in the 9th Circuit. 

Jay Jacobsen / Flickr Creative Commons

A report published last week graded 506 cities around the U.S. on how inclusive their towns are to the LGBTQ community, and cities in the Mountain West are all over the map.

 


On the heels of Colorado becoming the 18th state to ban “conversion therapy” earlier this year, Utah’s debating the widely discredited practice meant to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender expression.

Idaho Statesman

Idaho Education News reported Monday that only 21% of Idaho School Districts protect both sexual orientation and gender identity through their policies. Slightly larger percentages protect sexual orientation or gender identity individually.

 

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

In 1990, an activist group called Your Family, Friends and Neighbors held a parade — it was more of a march — to help pull homosexuality from the margins of Boise life. About 175 people came to watch to group march from the Idaho Capitol to Julia Davis Park.


ADAM COTTERELL / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announced on Thursday it is reversing a controversial 2015 policy that labeled church members in same sex marriages as "apostates" and barred children of same sex couples from receiving blessings and baptisms. The church's president, Dallin Oaks, reiterated that the church still considers same sex marriages within the church "a serious transgression." On Friday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Sunny Smart, an inactive member of the LDS Church and an advocate with Affirmation, a nonprofit support group for LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their families.

Idaho Legislature Declines To "Add The Words" Again

Feb 21, 2019
Add The Words
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A bill looking to add language to Idaho’s anti-discrimination laws that would safeguard the rights of LGBTQ individuals won’t advance this year. However, one state lawmaker says progress is being made.

  • Idaho courtrooms are facing a shortage of reporters.
  • The Land and Water Conservation Fund gets permanent funding.
  • Survey finds LGBT+ students feel unsafe in school.

When it comes to legal protections for the LGBTQ community, most of our region got a failing grade from the Human Rights Campaign's latest State Equality Index.

Local Gay Bar To Become Boise Police Station

Oct 18, 2018
Lucky Dog, Lucky Dog Tavern, gay bar
John Sowell / Idaho Statesman

Boise City Council has signed off on turning one of the city’s few gay bars into a new police substation.

 

 

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The Mountain West is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country with a lot of that growth thanks to the tech industry. But Wyoming is bucking the trend, in part because young, hip techies don’t want to move to the cowboy state. It has an image problem--specifically, a gay image problem. But some locals are trying to change that.

Meridian residents at the public hearing at the city council meeting
Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

On Tuesday, Meridian City Council passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, joining 13 other Idaho municipalities with similar laws.

Idaho Republican Candidate Discusses Conservative Identity

Jul 11, 2018
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This year's Idaho Republican Convention stuck pretty much to script until 26-year-old Dom Gelsomino took the floor and introduced himself as a "Christian, a fellow conservative and Idaho's first openly gay Republican to run for office." 

On The Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 10, 2018

  • Re-evaluating treatment of post traumatic stress for first responders.
  • Idaho's first openly gay Republican candidate talks about the GOP of 2018.
  • A new entertainment plaza opens in Caldwell.

Idaho's Biggest Pride Festival This Weekend

Jun 15, 2018
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Boise’s Pridefest gets underway today. The event has grown from a potluck-style get together in a park to a two-day takeover of the city’s downtown. Attendance is expected to be high, and a range of new sponsors have signed up to back the event.

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