The newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Caucus will be holding a “Coming Out” membership drive to coincide with the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.
The party is Friday at 6 p.m. at Solid in Downtown Boise. National Coming Out day is celebrated by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies. This year’s theme is “Coming Out Still Matters.”
“Holding our Coming Out Party on National Coming Out Day is deliberate and symbolic,” said LGBTA Caucus Vice Chair Matthew Montoya in a news release. “Our intent is to raise awareness of the basic civil rights people are working worldwide to secure for the LGBT community, and to promote awareness of LGBT families being able to live honest and open lives. The principles behind this day align perfectly with our mission statement and the goals we are working toward.”
The LGBTA Caucus is one of six interest-group caucuses in the Idaho Democratic Party. The others are Idaho Young Democrats, Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus, LDS Dems, Idaho Democratic Latino Caucus and Idaho Democratic Veteran’s Caucus.
The public is invited to the event, which will feature speakers and a silent auction of gift baskets from local businesses, restaurants and artists.
“We believe our Coming Out Party will be a great way to introduce the Caucus to Idahoans,” said Caucus Chair Evangeline Beechler in the release. “Being a new Caucus, we wanted to create an opportunity for folks to come out and learn about us, find out more about the work we are doing, and have a chance to sign up to be a part of it all.”