Add the Words, Idaho (ATW) is a PAC, all volunteer ran organization fighting for basic human rights in Idaho.
Our mission is to update 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.
Marriage equality is now the law of the land, but without updating the Idaho Human Rights Act to include "sexual orientation and gender identity," gay and transgender couples are still at risk of facing discrimination.
The 2016 legislative session is the 10th session attempts are being made to empower our legislators to stand on the right side of history, ensuring all hard working Idahoans, including those that are gay or trangender can live and work to provider for themselves and their families without fear of discrimination.
After 22 hours of testimony heard over HB2 (Add the Words) in the 2015 legislative session, the majority or those that singed in and those that testified were in support of updating the Idaho Human Right Act.
We know for many lawmakers this was the first step in their journey to accepting and being inclusive to all hard working Idahoans that contribute to our thriving communities.
Idaho is a dynamic state, reflective of America, the land of opportunity and freedom- where people who work hard and meet their responsibilities have the chance to get ahead. Updating the Idaho Human Rights Act, including these protections would ehlp ensure that all people, including those who are gay or transgender, have a fair opportunity to earn a living, meet their obligations, provide for themselves and their families, and build a better life.
Elected officials cannot legislate kindness, however they can legislate a standard and expecation as they do with any law, and with it provide a resource and process for times when that standard and expecation are not met.
February 19, 2016
"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