Boise Pride Week is about celebrating who you are. This seeming simple idea historically has been made tough for the gay community. BW has compiled a guide to organizations aimed at educating, supporting, assisting and even entertaining the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) community and their friends in the Treasure Valley. We tried to touch on a bit of everything-though this list is by no means exhaustive-in the hope that the information listed here will be a useful resource for our diverse community.
ACLU of Idaho-The American Civil Liberties Union works with legislators and voters in Idaho for civil liberties through legislation, litigation, and education. Commitments include fighting anti-gay and anti-abortion initiatives/legislation, defending religious freedom, promoting free speech, strengthening privacy rights, improving jail and prison conditions, protecting rights to a fair trial and due process. P.O. Box 1897, Boise. 344-5243. www.acluidaho.org.
Ada County Human Rights Task Force-ACHRTF iis a collective voice and resource for human rights in Idaho, working to make Ada County and Idaho a place where all people are included and celebrated. With educational forums, activities, victim outreach and support for Idaho's diverse population. P.O. Box 1515, Boise. www.humanrightsidaho.org/achrtf/.
ALPHA-Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. Community outreach with the common purpose of caring and educating to prevent transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, while also providing for those already affected. FREE testing, counseling, condoms and education. 500 W. Idaho St., Suite 220, Boise. 424-7799. www.alphaidaho.org.
Bears of Idaho-A social organization for Bears and their admirers. P.O. Box 7842, Boise. 424-9002.
BGLAD-Boise State University Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Allies for Diversity. Boise State University. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boise Affirmation Mormon Support Group-P.O. Box 8146, Boise. Call 342-8678 for local; 708-733-9590 for national support.
Boise Gay Couples Supper Club-A social group for GLBT couples in the Treasure Valley. Meet on the third Saturday of each month. Rotating member homes, Boise. Call 853-1110 for more information.
The Community Center-TCC provides a hub of activity and services for the gay and lesbian community. 919 N. 27th St., Boise. 336-3870.
Diversity Newsmagazine-A resource for the LGBT community in Idaho. A nonprofit project by TCC. P.O. Box 9205, Boise. 336-3870. gayidaho.com/diversity/index.html.
The Gay and Bisexual Men's Support Group-For men dealing with sexual orientation issues such as coming out, relationships and family. Meets on Mondays. Meets at Boise Counseling Center 1509 Tyrell Lane, Suite D, Boise. Call 345-4660, x.12 for information.
Idaho Gay Rodeo Association-Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meets at The Community Center, 919 N. 27th St., Boise.
Idaho Voices of Diversity-Community choir for gay and straight men and women. Purpose is to raise awareness of minority issues while creating an environment where diversity is welcome and celebrated. Meets at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, corner of 23rd and Woodlawn, Boise. Contact Pat Hughes or Trish McKernan at email@example.com. www.idahovoicesfordiversity.org.
Idaho Voices of Faith for Human Rights-P.O. Box 1164, Boise. For information, call 375-8712.
Idaho Women's Network-Programs designed to help women in areas of service and activism, to build leadership skills in politics, government and to educate and help women become active in the public arena. 419 S. 13th, Boise. 344-5738. www.idahowomensnetwork.org.
PFLAG-Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Treasure Valley PFLAG meets on the second Friday of every month. Meets at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Rd., Boise, ID. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pok•A•Dot-An underground publication for women writers and artists. P.O. Box 1903, Boise, 83701.
Queer Times of Southern Idaho-A monthly e-zine providing GLBT people in Southern Idaho with entertainment, a calendar of events and news. The purpose of QTOSI is to help create, unite, foster and nurture a cohesive GLBT community in Southern Idaho. On the Web, www.queertimesofsouthernidaho.com.
The Tree Fund-Dedicated to placing living memorials in local parks in remembrance of friends lost to HIV or AIDS. With Sunday brunches and shows throughout the year. Meets at the Emerald City Club, 415 S. 9th St., Boise. www.thetreefund.org.
The Triangle Connection-A social organization providing a safe environment for gays and lesbians to find their way into the gay community. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers. The organization's aim is to foster a friendship environment outside of the bar scene. Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Meets at the Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise. For more information, contact Alan Virta at 336-7830 or email@example.com.
TSTG-Tri-States Transgender Group provides support and social interactions for the transgendered community. Centered in Boise. The group meets twice a month at informal gatherings. P.O. Box 6691, Boise. 368-8669. firstname.lastname@example.org.
TVMCC-Treasure Valley Metropolitan Community Church. A Christian Church for everyone, with a special outreach to GLBT members. 408 N. Garden St., Boise. 342-6764. members.aol.com/tvmccboi/boisemcc.htm.
Women's Night-All women welcome. Bringing women together for music, art, theater and outdoor events. E-mail email@example.com for more information. P.O. Box 768, Boise. 344-4295, Box #3.
YAD-Youth Alliance for Diversity is a support and social group aimed a providing a safe environment and support for GLBT youth and their allies. Meetings are Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Community Center, 919 N. 27th St., Boise. 336-3870, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. yffn.org/yad/index.html.
YFFN-Your Family, Friends and Neighbors, Inc. is a nonprofit, grass-roots organization that promotes respect, understanding, and tolerance for lesbian, gay, and GLBT human rights issues and also opposes bigotry, violence, and discrimination against all persons. Participation is open to all persons dedicated to developing recognition of diversity and to those who oppose organized discriminatory activities. 1415 Grove St., Boise. 336-5096. www.yffn.org.