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HREI welcomes first LGBT exhibit

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Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Rainbow flags are hanging above the new exhibit in the Human Rights Education Institute, and just in time to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

The public was welcome to view the 2014 LGBT Pride Exhibit during its opening reception Friday, which included on-site community advocates and refreshments. It is the first LGBT display in the institute.

"It holds a lot of meaning for us, in that we can be here," said exhibit co-designer Juli Stratton of Post Falls. Stratton, who is also the chair of the Coeur d'Alene chapter of Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), said the reception was a great way to bring the community together because "that is what we're about," she said.

The educational exhibit chronicles the history of the LGBT community from well before the 1900s to the current date. It provides definitions and contexts for symbols and flags used within the LGBT community and highlights important LGBT people and events of the second half of the 20th century. Visitors can expect to read about the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the first pride march a year later, the origin of PFLAG in the '70s, the AIDS outbreak in the '80s, the surge of hate crimes in the '90s and the political movements of the early 2000s to present day.

"The '60s and '70s were huge because that's where it all started to say we need to be treated fairly," Stratton said. "At least to be treated as second-class rather than third-class citizens."

Di Carlin, president of the Coeur d'Alene Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, conducted research for the display. She said the way to teach people about diversity is to expose them to new ideas and information.

"You can't expect people who don't know anything about (LGBT) people to be understanding of something that they've always been taught is wrong," she said. "They need to have good quality information presented to them in a non-confrontational manner, and that's what we're trying to do."

Patrick Pellett of Clarkston, Wash., was the first of several visitors to peruse the exhibit.

"I know a lot of the broad strokes and the big, impactful events, but I didn't know a lot of the in-between stuff," he said. "What this display does is fill in a lot of gaps in my knowledge and just gives me more context to understand. It's a wonderful display."

Stratton said the exhibit, especially the section on modern political movements, shines a light on the equality the LGBT community is seeking and the battle its members have fought.

"We're standing up and saying, 'We want equality,'" Stratton said. "We want to be treated just like everybody else. We are just like everybody else. All we want to do is live our lives to our fullest potential.

"I'm baffled as to what people are so afraid of," Stratton continued. "I can't answer it except for what they don't know, they're afraid of. That's why we have to do exhibits like this, to show people we're just like everybody else."

The 2014 LGBT Pride Exhibit will be available to the public until June 30. It was made possible by the partnership of several local organizations, including the Gender and Sexuality Alliance of North Idaho College and the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations.

The HREI is located at 414 Mullan Road.

Info: www.hrei.org.

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45 comments:

  • Freemanofthemosthigh posted at 5:28 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Freemanofthemosthigh Posts: 752

    if it did, so what.....i guess youd stake your soul on so what.

     
  • Ziggy posted at 4:40 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Ziggy Posts: 1230

    It's the translation of that phrase in the bible that is questioned. It probably had nothing to do with consenting adults and if it did, so what. This country promises equal rights to everyone, period. And that includes freedom of religion but it doesn't include trying to force religion or your particular version of religion on the rest of the populace. In law, there is no question these people deserve equal protection.
    yes, if you try to interpret the bible literally for this then you'd darned well do it for the rest of it and it has some pretty gruesome requirements in places.

     
  • Freemanofthemosthigh posted at 6:02 am on Tue, Jun 10, 2014.

    Freemanofthemosthigh Posts: 752

    In the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8, The following message from Jesus Christ is quite sobering for all of mankind:

    And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his [t]life will lose it, but whoever loses his [u]life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

     
  • It Is Not My Fault posted at 5:53 pm on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    It Is Not My Fault Posts: 60

    Can we just have the Park Side Bistro back please

     
  • Joe D posted at 7:37 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Vast majority??? Look around you REBmcneill, almost if not all States, 31 last I checked, that have had bans on SSM overturned are in court now fighting those discussions, that doesn't look like a "vast majority". Even the people of the ultra- liberal state of California, voted to ban SSM.

     
  • Joe D posted at 7:25 am on Mon, Jun 9, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Been to Texas. Do you know that there is a law in Texas that forbids carrying a fixed blade knife with a blade longer than four inches? Besides North Idaho is my home, it's where I was raised and it's where I will stay. Idaho also has an open carry law, "google it" sometime. I plan on putting it to good use, plus, if I want to carry a machete on my hip I can, not that I would. I hear California is very LBGT friendly, might be a good move for some of the folks that don't like Idaho.

     
  • jmowreader posted at 11:55 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    jmowreader Posts: 1409

    Just go to Texas, Joe; they celebrate Second Amendment Pride Month every weekend in front of hardware stores, up and down the hallways in shopping malls, in fast-food joints and on street corners statewide. Google "Open Carry Texas."

     
  • MHJamie posted at 9:54 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    MHJamie Posts: 1

    Thanks for the article, Devin!

    I had the privilege of being on the team that put the exhibit together, and I was honored to be asked to help with the design. I think it's a fantastic way to educate the community on the oppression faced by LGBT people every day and the shift from a closeted marginalized population to an out and proud constituency deserving of the same rights as everyone else.

    "LGBT Pride was not born of a need to celebrate, but a right to exist without persecution. So, instead of wondering why there is no heterosexual pride, be grateful you don't need one."

    I am a straight ally and staunch LGBT rights activist. I take so much for granted as a white, cishetero woman with a so-called "normal" nuclear family. The more time I spend within and helping the LGBT community, the more I want to be in their corner in securing their equality.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:18 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:18 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:18 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:17 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:17 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:17 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:16 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Equal time. Sounds good to me.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:15 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • babydriver posted at 1:15 pm on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    OH Barf.

     
  • Joe D posted at 11:34 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Lots of great history??? What kind of history?

     
  • TheWest posted at 11:32 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    TheWest Posts: 1

    “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord."

     
  • Rebmcneill posted at 8:13 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Rebmcneill Posts: 3

    I was so glad to see this exhibit, and to be able to take my daughter. Lots of great history, and so many opportunities to tell her what life used to be like for the LGBTQ Community and how quickly the world is progressing! It's hard for me to believe sometimes, how accepting and loving the vast majority of America is compared to even 20 years ago.

     
  • AnonymousCda posted at 9:40 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    AnonymousCda Posts: 348

    Add the 4 Words, Idaho State Legislature. #Addthe4Words

     
  • Joe D posted at 8:27 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Oh I get it now!!! HIV/AIDES is a heterosexual thing. WOW!; what was I thinking?? Now it all makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up for us oscar.

     
  • Joe D posted at 8:22 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Ziggy, it's call Truth, not "hate and vitriol.

     
  • Joe D posted at 7:04 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    simon I've been in Cd'A for 52 years, I don't recall "lots of Nazi marches down town". I remember one that Butler and his merry band of misfits TRIED to put together, I think there where like 12 or 15 participants. And there where a whole lot of protesters.

     
  • Joe D posted at 6:45 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    Uh, Ziggy, if a guy has sexual relations with another guy, regardless of age, that makes them a homosexual and a pedophile. If a guy has sexual relations with an under age girl, then they are a pedophile. Either way it's sick.

     
  • Joe D posted at 6:41 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Joe D Posts: 3144

    I say all of us gun owners get a Second Amendment Pride Month. The we can push for a White Heterosexual Christian Month.

     
  • idahotrigirl posted at 3:48 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    idahotrigirl Posts: 32

    If you don't like it, don't read it. I can't imagine spending a day inside of your negative, angry, hateful, head. Life is so much easier when you aren't spending your time being pissed off and looking down on others for the decisions they have made and the lives they live. I see your posts and shudder that humans of your caliber walk this earth with their noses in the air, preaching "THE LORDS" words as if you will go to Heaven. I am certain the Lord looks at you in shame and shudders, like I do when your behavior is observed.

     
  • will-- posted at 3:24 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    will-- Posts: 1093

    "Biblical scholars now say that the Bible passage referring to gays was not about gays but about boys taken with Roman soldiers to battle."

    Romans 1:27

    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Don't see any mention of boy's there. Maybe your thinking of another scripture, would you care to share it with the rest of us?

     
  • will-- posted at 2:34 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    will-- Posts: 1093

    " your bible pish-posh is utterly meaningless."

    Life's short, statistically even more so for homosexuals, you'll likely find out the truth more quickly than the rest of us out here. I hope you end up making the right decision.

     
  • Ziggy posted at 2:21 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Ziggy Posts: 1230

    Biblical scholars now say that the Bible passage referring to gays was not about gays but about boys taken with Roman soldiers to battle. It was about pedophiles, not homosexuality.
    As usual so-called Christians spreading their hate and vitriol. Nothing is new is it?

     
  • Noah Simone posted at 2:21 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Noah Simone Posts: 43

    Now that Washington State has established equal marriage laws, Idaho could be close as well. Many wonderful Washington folks have been moving to Coeur d'Alene, bringing with them a plethora of perspectives. :-)

     
  • ljmerlino posted at 2:13 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    ljmerlino Posts: 1

    I think its a great presentation and a wonderful resource for the community to show just how far the LGBT movement has come and where it's headed. As a student at NIC, I have really been impressed with the GSA and what a great job theybdo educating the community on everything from emotional health, safe sex, avoiding abusive relationships and community involvement. It is so refreshing to be a part of this community, especially because it creates SUCH a safe environment for LGBT individuals. That is what is most important to me. Nobody deserves to be harassed, bullied, or assaulted because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. Educating the community is by far the most effective, and arguably the only, way to create an equal and loving atmosphere for all. Wait to go Coeur dAlene!

     
  • Noah Simone posted at 2:12 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Noah Simone Posts: 43

    Great article! Wonderful perspective shared in the comments. :-) Mr. Stewart and many other in our community of Coeur d'Alene, have done a wonderful job with the increase of human rights advocacy in North Idaho. :-)

     
  • QuicheAh posted at 12:46 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    QuicheAh Posts: 1

    It is a wonderful display full of great information!
    We need more things like this in this area. It's very refreshing.

    In regards to the unpleasant comments I must day this:
    If you're going to use the Bible in an argument please remember to love thy neighbor. I f you're goingto take certian verses literally then you should take the whole thing literally.
    There is no need to be derogatory towards others.
    The reason there is pride for the LGBT community is because they are a group that is discriminated against and treated less than human. They are denied rights that other segments of the population enjoy without thought.
    I would like to know how having equal rights negatively impacts the majority that already have them?
    As far as rubbing everyone's noses in it, heterosexuality is displayed EVERYWHERE.
    Can we work on coming together on the things that connect us as humans instead of dividing on our differences?

     
  • Cookie posted at 12:43 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Cookie Posts: 90

    No one is tying you down and forcing you to read the paper, are they?

     
  • Cookie posted at 12:42 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Cookie Posts: 90

    But for those who exercise their American freedom from religion, your bible pish-posh is utterly meaningless.

     
  • simonandnick posted at 11:26 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    simonandnick Posts: 1

    It is refreshing to see this. Grew up in the 80's CD'A. Lots of Nazi marches in downtown. A couple of FBI events. Looks like CD'A is trying to grow up. Nice work! Next is equal marraige laws in Idaho!

     
  • arius1 posted at 10:47 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    arius1 Posts: 893

    They are like the fish that does not know it is surrounded by water, completely oblivious to most of them. Its not that we (normal folks) need to be educated, it is their need to have us accept what most of them have chosen as an inappropriate lifestyle. I say most because only a small percentage are born as such , with the majority choosing to do so on their own. The vast majority of which are because of unfortunate circumstances such as - rape, incest, molestation, or adolescence confusion with out any positive role model input. Many are in so much denial of what has happened to them, they have blocked these incidences out.
    Once in this lifestyle, they need to have the rest of society make it OK for them to justify their choices. Thus the whole LGBT movement. Their motto should be "Help us make ourselves feel OK about ourselves".
    Society would probably be more accepting if they weren't shouting so much, and trying to change things that make it better for them, and by doing so make it worse for the majority of the rest of us.

     
  • babydriver posted at 9:27 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    Leave it to the CDA Press to promote this garbage.

     
  • babydriver posted at 9:23 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    In Jesus' name, Amen

     
  • will-- posted at 8:39 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    will-- Posts: 1093

    "The Bible supplies no real basis for the condemnation of homosexuality."

    I don't know what Bible your reading, but I was able to find this:

    Romans 1:27

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Romans 1:27

    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    Romans 1:28

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    Romans 1:29

    Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

    Romans 1:30

    Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    Romans 1:31

    Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    Romans 1:32

    Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

     
  • oscar posted at 7:27 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    oscar Posts: 1490

    HIV/AIDES is a big problem but from my understanding the heterosexual population is increasing the spread of this disease dramatically. For anyone to even think it is a gay disease is foolish. As for the Bible, too many people pick and choose the verses they want to cite to but forget about all of the verses that they want to ignore. Love one another as I have loved you.

     
  • Good_Ole_Mitt_Romney posted at 6:34 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Good_Ole_Mitt_Romney Posts: 169

    The Bible supplies no real basis for the condemnation of homosexuality. Therefore, people must stop opposing homosexuality merely by quoting the Bible because, taken on its own terms, the Bible simply does not support their case. If they have some other reason for their opposition, they ought to get clear what that reason is and state it up front. But then again this area is full of idiots as can be seen in the last two comments. Idaho- first to be last in everything.

     
  • Intrepid posted at 6:04 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Intrepid Posts: 1057

    Golly, can we have a heterosexual month too? IF the LBGT folks really want to be like everyone else then cease this endless public celebration about your sexual preferences. Just live your lives. Why rub everyones nose into your lifestyles? This is why there is no heterosexual month, or pride days or parades. Normalcy in sexuality is NOT wearing or flaunting it.

    Now - in this wonderful display how much of it is about AIDS/HIV and the on going rampant transmission of this and other STD's among the LBGT groups? Or did they just highlight the pretty and fun rainbow parts and skip reality?

     
  • Freemanofthemosthigh posted at 3:13 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Freemanofthemosthigh Posts: 752

    From the article, "we're just like everyone else."

    No you're not. You are in open rebellion towards God in your sexual sin. God tells all man to flee immorality and repent. Homosexual lifestyles promote sin not repentance and according to God's word must not be celebrated. No different from adultery or fornication, sex outside of a marriage between a husband and wife is wrong in Gods eyes. Repentance and trust in the redeeming power of Jesus and following God's word is the only hope for all of mankind.

    In Jesus' name

     
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