North Idaho Pride Alliance has submitted a project proposal to the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission for the first known Pride Crosswalk or Pride Stairs in Idaho, using the colors of the Progress Flag.
We may need your VOICES in the future to help make this HAPPEN!
From our letter to the Arts Commission:
"According to a study conducted by Lambda Legal, 5-10% of the population of the United States are among the LGBTQA+ family and publicly “out”. 42% of people who identify as LGBTQA+ report living in an unwelcoming environment. Unfortunately, Idaho fits that definition for many People of Color and the LGBTQIA+ community.
North Idaho, especially, has a reputation of being very conservative, with a history of some fringe extremist groups voicing disparaging messaging about LGBTQIA+ people. Visibility matters. As the future of America unfolds each day, Coeur d’Alene, ID must change too.
The LGBTQIA+ family prides itself on being a friendly and open community that accepts everyone from diverse backgrounds. The North Idaho Pride Alliance wishes to help brighten the environment of North Idaho and Coeur d’Alene.
Countless cities around the United States of America and abroad have dedicated public places as symbols to the LGBTQIA+ movement. Around many cities, you might find a Rainbow Crosswalk in a major LGBT District, even in very conservative states, or even a Pride Staircase, such as in New York City.
In our research, we found public spaces honoring Pride worldwide, but could not locate a single Pride crosswalk or stairs in Idaho."