it started with a rally at the capitol steps. more and more people joined as the evening went on, and ultimately there were around 150 attendees.
KTVB had great coverage of the event on their news at 10. of course, it doesn’t look so good next to the current “News Video” headline directly to the right, “Woman accused of giving fake breast exams is a transgender”. i watched that story on the news too and the way they’re covering it makes me cringe. ugh, idaho.
after the rally we marched down capitol boulevard and along the river to the BSU campus. we even had a police escort who shut down streets while we crossed--it was like being at pride only in cold weather and darkness. bizarro pride.
the organizers handed out candles once we reached the quad.
there was a brief speech and a reading of names of LGBTQI youth who recently killed themselves after being bullied, followed by a moment of silence. then the floor was opened to anyone who wanted to share their experiences.
a few people talked about having been bullied, or having been bullies themselves. others shared messages of hope and love and optimism. it was a very intimate and beautiful vigil.