In Idaho today it remains legal for businesses to fire, evict and refuse to serve a person simply because they are gay or transgender. Lawmakers' refusal to add the words to include LGBT people in Idaho's existing non-discrimination laws sends the message that discrimination is acceptable in our state.
Each year in Idaho people face violence and increasingly, because of the environment in the state, young people take their lives in despair. It is time for lawmakers to finally be brave and add the words. It’s the right thing to do. Hear the ads and consider donating so we can air them statewide starting January 1.
WE TRIED EVERYTHING
For ten years Idaho's gay and transgender people for years met with lawmakers, reasoned, negotiated, lobbied, held rallies and educated but nothing changed. In 2014 almost 200 “Add the 4 Words” trained Idahoans were arrested in peaceful protest in the Capitol. Until then no public hearing had ever been held to hear what people across Idaho face.
To ensure the four words "sexual orientation, gender identity" are added to the Idaho Human Rights act. Through lobbying, radio and billboard ads, social media, and as a last resort through planned acts of civil disobedience we work to persuade Idaho State Representatives and Senators to "add the words."
2017 VISION AND GOALS
In 2017 we have four radio advertisements we hope to raise $5000 to air statewide after the new year and before the Idaho legislative session begins on January 9th. Ads focus on the consequences of harassment and the discrimination which is all too commonplace for gay and transgender people trying to work hard, support their families, and contribute to their communities everyday in Idaho. In 2017 we hope language acknowledging the first amendment rights of churches and individual businesses owners makes headway in creating consensus around the need to add the words this year.
ADD the WORDS MOVIE
A film by Michael Gough and Cammie Pavisic explores the Add the 4 Words protests and lives of some of leaders of Idaho's Add the Words movement including Mistie Tolman, former Co-Chair and spokeswoman for Add the Words, and Add the 4 Words activists, Dianne Piggott, Donna Harwood and Nicole LeFavour. Included also is Julie Zicha, mother of Ryan Zicha a Pocatello gay teen who faced harassment, discrimination and bullying which was never addressed by schools, state or local government. Featured at the Sun Valley, Bend & Out Film Festivals and on After Ellen, the film's available on Amazon.com.