We've written a lot about Add the Words and LGBT issues in general--by now, readers of Boise Weekly probably have a feeling for how important we think those stories are. But in this week's edition, I think we may have touched on one of the most important--and compelling--of such stories to date.
We first heard of Madelynn Taylor a month or two ago, when she and a friend stopped by BWHQ and dropped off a one-page, typed summary of the dilemma she faces with the state of Idaho. A 74-year-old Navy veteran, retired telephone technician and Boise area farmer, Taylor can't be buried next to her spouse in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in part because of four words: "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."
On Page 8, BW News Editor George Prentice unfolds the story of Taylor and her late-wife, Jean Mixner, and how Idaho's refusal not only to recognize same-sex marriage, but its failure to provide even basic civil rights guarantees for LGBT people is denying Taylor her last wish.
Perhaps more than any other story we've printed on the topic of Add of the Words or LGBT equality, this piece throws into stark relief the impact of the Idaho Legislature's continued refusal to move forward in step with history.
Elsewhere in this week's edition, BW Staff Writer Harrison Berry takes us on a tour of public art projects that have popped up in and around downtown Boise during the past couple of months, and affixes some dollar amounts to the installations that punctuate our street corners and other public spaces. Find the feature, with photography by graphic designer Kelsey Hawes, on Page 12.
And speaking of tours, frequent BW contributor Jessica Murri spent the better part of 14 hours at the Main Auction in West Boise, and brought back a fascinating portrait of the people--and items--who populate the longtime, every-Saturday event. Find Murri's piece on Page 20 and be prepared to find yourself making a note to visit the auction next Saturday.
Beyond that, BW music writer Ben Schultz clues us into Seattle band Dionvox on Page 21; food writer Tara Morgan reviews Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in its new location on the second floor of the Eighth and Main Tower, plus gives us the scoop on what's happening with the old Le Cafe de Paris space on Page 24; and, on Page 25, Prentice shares his thoughts on a recent film that got away from Oscar.