Add the Words, Idaho (ATW) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization fighting for basic human rights in Idaho.
ATW works to amend the existing Idaho Human Rights Act (IHRA) to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity". The IHRA provides reporting and mediation services for workplace, housing, public accomodation, and education disputes.
Now that the courts have ruled in favor of marriage equality on constitutional grounds, amending the IHRA becomes even more important. When hardworking gay couples show up at work with their wedding rings they need to know they are valued and respected for the work they do without fear of being fired for something totally unrelated to their work.
The 2015 legislative session is the 9th session where we attempt to bring this type of equality to Idaho. This session we have the momentum of the entire state and the entire country with us. This year we want our legislators to listen and to Add the Words, No More, No Less!
Should it be illegal to discriminate in housing, employment, and business based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Idaho? 2/3 of Idahoans say YES! They want to Add the Words!
In 2015 legislators held a hearing - but they still ignored the voices of hardworking Idahoans across the state who want their gay and transgender friends, family, and coworkers to be evaluated at work based on their job performance - and not on who they are.
For too many years our lawmakers have denied gay and transgender Idahoans the same rights as other Idahoans. We urge our lawmakers to pass this much needed amendment - Add the Words, No More, No Less.
Contact your legislators now - ask them hear our voices and "Add the Words, No More, No Less" to the Idaho Human Rights Act NOW!
"Add the Words movement supporters hope Otter follows through on his promise"
By Tammy Scardino, Channel 6/9
"Add the Words hopeful to get a hearing this session"
By Stephanie Zepelin, KTVB