BOISE -- A group of Add the Words Idaho volunteers will begin travelling around the state to do training and provide support in communities.
In a statement Saturday, the group said they've received requests for leadership training from communities statewide.
Saturday's announcement comes two days after the Idaho Legislature adjourned without giving a public hearing to the group, which demands that lawmakers add the words sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
Add the Words protesters frequented the Statehouse throughout the 2014 session, oftentimes barricading doorways and refusing to leave. The demonstrations resulted in dozens of arrests and trespassing charges.
Volunteers say they want to reach out to communities where people may be feeling hopeless.
I will go wherever I am needed so that local people can learn how to peacefully, silently, respectfully and effectively let their lawmakers know that their inaction this session was unacceptable, said Add the Words organizer Joe Kibbe.
Volunteers say the training will focus on how local leaders can best get their message to lawmakers, while reviving hope in the gay and transgender community in their towns.
Taking training to each community not only makes each community more effective in their actions, but all of us statewide more effective in what we do, said organizer Emily Oliver Shannon. I'm excited to see what amazing ideas people have for getting Idaho's senators and representatives to finally say our lives matter to them and that it's just not okay to fire us, evict us, or deny us service and care anymore.
The first leadership training will take place Sunday in Moscow and another is in the planned for McCall. Other communities, including Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Twin Falls have requested training, the group said.