STORY UPDATE: Protest Scheduled at Nampa Rec. Center Feb 21

Feb 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Amber Howard Rachel Dovel and son Logan denied a family membership at the Nampa Recreation Center in IdahoPrideDEPOT.com reported earlier this month that in January Amber Howard and Rachel Dovel, a lesbian couple raising Howard’s biological 4-year-old son, were denied a family membership at the Nampa Recreation Center; a facility owned and operated by the City of Nampa.

The reason provided by city officials was that because the women can not be legally married they are therefore not entitled to a discounted family membership. The women joined the YMCA in Caldwell instead where they were welcomed as the family they are.

Howard and Dovel feel strongly this is still just not right. Since PrideDEPOT.com’s article appeared, the couple have organized a protest rally at the Nampa Recreation Center to bring attention to this unjust treatment of LGBT families.

“We want a peaceful gathering and will have family, friends, and anyone else that we can gather to help rally,” Says Amber Howard. “I have already notified the police department of the event and I have a map of the places we are allowed to stand on the property.”

The women say they have gained a lot of support since this incident occurred and urge everyone who is supportive of LGBT family civil rights to come out and join them at this peaceful demonstration.

WHO: The Howard Dovel Family, ALL LGBT friends and allies

WHERE: Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way
Meet on the corner of Constitution and 12th under the marquee

WHEN: Saturday February 21st NOON

WHY: Protest rally demonstration to bring attention to discrimination and challenges LGBT families in Idaho and across the country face in our day to day lives.

Amber Howard Rachel Dovel and son Logan denied a family membership at the Nampa Recreation Center in Idaho



PrideDEPOT.com editor, independent journalist & LGBT media spokesperson,
Jody May-Chang now writes on "As I See It...Reporting from the front lines

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