Your Family Friends and Neighbors (YFFN) is an organization that was formed in 1990 with the intent of putting on gay pride parades and rallies but also to remind people, not just in the gay and lesbian community but the citizenry at large, that whether at work, at home or at play, someone in your group of family, friends and neighbors is likely gay or lesbian.
Each year, YFFN strives to provide events to embrace and enlighten all members of our community, and Pride 2007 is no exception.
June 6: Movie Night
The Flicks will screen two films, one men's and one women's. East Side Story is the tale of Diego, a young man who, while working in his family's restaurant, is having an affair with a man still locked in the proverbial closet. Tired of keeping their relationship a secret, Diego finds himself falling for another man who, though openly gay, is already in a serious relationship. This film has won several awards and even has its own myspace site: www.myspace.com/eastsidestorymovie.
The women's film, Gray Matters, stars Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bobby) as a woman whose close relationship with her brother has only brought her joy until she discovers that the two of them are falling in love with the same woman. For more information on Pride Movie Night, read the story on page 30 of this issue.
7 p.m., $7 per film. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., www.theflicksboise.com
June 7: BGLAD
The Boise State chapter of BGLAD (Bi, Gay, Lesbian and Allies for Diversity) will host a Power Point presentation and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer panel discussion for all ages that is open to the public and will be a good educational tool for all genders.
3-6 p.m., FREE, Boise State Student Union Building, Alexander Ballroom, 1910 University Dr., 208-426-4636, http://sub.boisestate.edu.
June 7: Queer Idol
Fancy yourself a singer but just don't want to stand in line with the hundreds of thousands of other hopefuls at the American Idol auditions? Then traipse on down to the Balcony Club on Thursday for Boise's own Queer Idol. Done karaoke-style, the competition begins at 8 p.m.; judges will choose five finalists who will go on to perform on Saturday at the Ann Morrison Park Pride stage. The winner receives the grand prize of $200. Song selections, scoring information and entry forms are available at http://members.tripod.com/boisequeeridol.
June 8: Keynote Reception and Fundraiser
This year's reception will be held at the J Crist Gallery and will be hosted by John Hummel. Hummel is one of the founding organizers of YFFN and the first gay pride celebration. He worked for the Idaho AIDS Foundation and the Idaho ACLU and was recently named executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. Food and refreshments will be available and there will be door prizes.
The fundraiser is sponsored by Social Justice Fund Northwest, a group whose mission is "a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement. The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change."
6-8 p.m., $25 at the door. R.S.V.P by June 7 by calling 208-336-5096 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 9: Rally, Parade, Festival
Everyone in the community is invited to gather at the steps of City Hall at noon in public support of gay pride.
The pride parade then leaves City Hall, travels down Capitol Boulevard and ends at the Anne Frank Memorial.
Revelers and supporters are then invited to the festival at Ann Morrison Park, where the top five finalists of Boise Queer Idol will sing their karaoke-loving hearts out to see who will be crowned the winner. The event will be emceed by Minerva Jayne, one of Boise's most infamous drag queens.
Rally: noon, FREE, City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd. Parade: 1 p.m., FREE, City Hall to Anne Frank Memorial, 770 S. 8th St. Festival: 1-6 p.m., FREE, Ann Morrison Park, between Americana and Capitol boulevards.
June 10: Picnic
On Sunday, pride events wind down with a family-friendly picnic at Municipal Park sponsored by Metropolitan Community Church. MCCs are Christian churches that focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people started by Rev. Troy Perry in California in the late '60s. Since then, thousands of MCCs have opened up across the world, including the one in Boise which, according to the YFFN Web site, held its first public worship service in 1977.
1-3 p.m, $5 suggested donation, Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St.
Even if you are not gay or lesbian, chances are one of your friends, family or neighbors is, making us all a part of the larger community. Go show your support at the 2007 pride events.
For more information, visit http://www.yffn.org.