Diane’s story about braving the discrimination Idaho has instilled through their policies and lack of equality-based education is moving. Please learn more about what you can do to help our LGBT friends and family members.
My name is Dianne and thanks to the Idaho ACLU, I can now write a check, buy a glass of wine, board a plane or get a job without having to show an ID that doesn’t accurately reflect who I am. I can live with more confidence.
Until last year, Idaho had an antiquated drivers’ license policy which required proof of surgery to change the gender designations “F” and “M.” The ACLU was aware that this policy interfered deeply with the civil liberties of a segment of the population. So they worked hard with the Idaho Transportation Department. The policy was changed.
The ACLU has helped make many other changes in Idaho. They’re constantly working to make sure that people can live with dignity and respect. They have helped pass non-discrimination ordinances in Boise, Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Ketchum, Moscow, Pocatello, Victor and Idaho Falls. They have brought suit against the Corrections Corporation of America to compel them to correct the damaging conditions that existed at their Idaho prison facility. And they have had a vital role in changing some small but deeply significant state policies. Their work helps to make sure that all of the state’s citizens can live with respect and dignity.
Because of this I am pleased and honored to be a Pride Foundation Fellow at the ACLU of Idaho. I am proud to be able to help move issues of fairness and equity along, because there is still so much to do. I have been on the receiving end of the ACLU’s work and now I get an opportunity to play a small part in making more positive changes happen.