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Coming Out for Equality in Idaho

This post is by Zack Hasychak, Community Events Manager at HRC.

Last night, on the eve of National Coming Out Day, HRC was on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello for a 'Coming Out for Equality' event with Mike Manning, former HRC intern and cast member of 'The Real World: DC'. Here in Idaho, one of the hardest places in the country to live openly, HRC's message of equality was heard loud and clear by students, faculty and members of the community. We talked about the history of LGBT activism and NCOD, discussed the importance of youth involvement in the the movement for equality, and had an insightful conversation about what it means to be LGBT in a state with no legal protections for its LGBT citizens.

While we still have a long way to go to achieve full equality here in the Gem State, Mike and I leave town knowing that the students we met yesterday are going to continue growing in influence and number, and change is inevitable.

Special thanks to Cory Winter, the Student Activities Board and the ISU QSA for making this event possible!

Happy National Coming Out Day everyone!

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