Thousands hit the streets for Boise Pride Rally

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Thousands hit the streets for Boise Pride Rally

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on June 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 6:43 PM

BOISE -- Thousands in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community hit the streets of Boise on Saturday for the Boise Pride Rally.

Many people in Idaho still believe their lifestyle is wrong, and are working on laws reflecting that. However, the people we talked to at the rally say, their life is not one of conflict, but acceptance and pride.

"Today is all about sending a message to the state of Idaho that this is a wonderful, diverse, loving, fair place to live and raise a family, and just be a human being," said Peter Mundt, Volunteer Coordinator for the rally.

"It feels really cool, because you see people that are all different ages," said teenager David Alvarez, who attended the rally with others in the Youth Alliance for Diversity. "They all support everything. It's like one big community."

The rally featured what organizers believe is the first ever Boy Scout color guard presentation at a pride rally. Dave McGrath led that color guard. He's a former Scout leader, but was not acting in an official capacity with the Scouts, who he chastises for not allowing openly gay leaders or volunteers.

"We're asking them to reach deep and think about the morality of it," McGrath told KTVB.

Although they don't allow gay leaders, the Boy Scouts of America did recently decide to allow openly gay members.

LGBT SUPPORT IN IDAHO INCREASES

Here in Boise, the City Hall flew the pride flag on Friday. Across Idaho, six cities, including Boise, have enacted ordinances that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"The more people come out, the more you can't hate," said Mundt. "You just discover that these are people that you love and that you respect, and that's what's really turned the tide for Idaho."

Despite the growing wave of acceptance nationwide, the Post Register reports the Idaho Republican Central Committee is considering a resolution urging the Legislature to render any local anti-discrimination ordinances unenforceable.

Also, some people we talked to off-camera, who came upon the rally, say the lifestyle is immoral. As it stands currently, gay marriage is banned by Idaho's state constitution.

Yet Mundt says the cause is not a political issue.

A 'HUMAN ISSUE'

"At its core, it's a human issue. It's a story of human rights and human fairness, and a society that allows people to live with dignity and honor," said Mundt.

"It gives me hope," said Alvarez. "It really does."

The Idaho Republican Central Committee met this weekend in Donnelly. They discussed that discrimination issue, and a number of other issues.

KTVB will continue to update this story.

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