2009 Boise Pride historic on many levels

Jun 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Idaho, News

Boise Pride 2009 Parade FlagOver a thousand people gathered on the steps of Boise City Hall to kick off the days LGBT Pride festivities. The rally was coordinated by Safe Schools Coalition co-director Mel Borg and sponsored by Idaho Equality. The theme for the day was “United for Change” and each of the speakers addressed the need for change and in order to achieve our goals for full equality, unity and the support of our allies are key.

Speakers included PrideDEPOT.com editor Jody May-Chang who shared The Dallas Principals with the crowd, followed by Mel Borg and Kat a student from the Safe Schools Coalition and keynote speaker Executive Director of ACLU of Idaho, Monica Hopkins.

The parade left City Hall with the traditional rainbow balloon arch followed by Boise’s first ever 30 by 100 foot rainbow flag that took at about 30 people to carry all along the parade route. It was an inspiring site.

One of the most historic entries of the parade was a float from the Ada County Democrats the patriotic red, white and blue float sported a huge eagle and the phrase “With Liberty And Justice For All.”

The fact that Pride took place only days before the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York, a three day event that is held up as the birth of the LGBT civil rights movement when mostly drag queens said no to police brutality and oppression and for the first time fought back. The timing of Pride and the anniversary of Stonewall was not lost on the speakers and the participants alike.

The parade ended at Ann Morrison Park where the festival began with over 40-50 vendors and great entertainment that included a Queer Idol competition, Rebeca Scott and Mistress of Ceremonies and Les Bois Cultural Arts Award winner Ms. Minerva Jayne.

There were young old, singles, couples, families, children and a great number of allies. It was a great showing of the diversity of our entire community. If you did not know this was a LGBT pride festival you would have thought you were at a gathering in any town USA. Boise Pride did a fabulous job and should be commended for pulling off the largest, most divers and representative Pride in Idaho history.

We hope and encourage that the same enthusiasm and energy is present in Twin Falls next Saturday for SIGLBT’s historic first ever Pride.

Boise Pride 2009 in Pictures. Photos By Taryn Margrini

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Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

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Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Boise LGBT Pride 2009

Video of the the Festival and organizations that participated will be posted in soon.



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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