Moscow, Idaho – In cities across the state, Idahoans are participating in Add the Words, Idaho’s “Week of IHRA Education.” UI VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood will join dozens of others hosting viewing parties of the Idaho Human Right’s Act Panel Discussion around the state of Idaho, from house parties and church parties, to university viewings and brown bag work lunches.
In February, Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Representative Grant Burgoyne hosted a Panel Discussion with a diverse group of experts on the Idaho Human Rights Act, facilitated by Dr. David Adler, Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. The panelists included Pam Parks, Executive Director of the Idaho Commission on Human Rights, Maryanne Jordan, Boise City Council President, Reverend Marci Glass, Pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church, John Reuter, former Sandpoint City Council President, Kevin Settles, and Clark Krause, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Parntership. The discussion focused on the history of the IHRA, issues facing gay and transgender people in the state of Idaho, and how nondiscrimination legislation could help the climate of Idaho for its LGBT citizens.
Mistie Tolman, co-chair of Add the Words, Idaho, said that this year’s goal of educating both the legislature and the citizens of Idaho about the Human Right’s Act, was furthered greatly by the Panel Discussion hosted by Buckner-Webb and Burgoyne. “There are a lot of misconceptions about the Human Rights Act. There are a surprising number of people who don’t know that it is legal in Idaho to be fired just because you are gay, or are perceived to be gay, or that you can be refused service at a restaurant or kicked out of your house. The bottom line is every Idahoan is entitled to respect and legal equality. But instead today, in our beautiful state, good people are being inflicted with undeserved harm, and every day that goes by is one more day that Idahoans live in fear.”
UI VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood will be holding their viewing Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30pm in the Borah Theater located in the University of Idaho Student Union Building.