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COEUR d'ALENE - Rainbow flags are hanging above the new exhibit in the Human Rights Education Institute, and just in time to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

The public was welcome to view the 2014 LGBT Pride Exhibit during its opening reception Friday, which included on-site community advocates and refreshments. It is the first LGBT display in the institute.

"It holds a lot of meaning for us, in that we can be here," said exhibit co-designer Juli Stratton of Post Falls. Stratton, who is also the chair of the Coeur d'Alene chapter of Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), said the reception was a great way to bring the community together because "that is what we're about," she said.

The educational exhibit chronicles the history of the LGBT community from well before the 1900s to the current date. It provides definitions and contexts for symbols and flags used within the LGBT community and highlights important LGBT people and events of the second half of the 20th century. Visitors can expect to read about the Stonewall Riots in 1969, the first pride march a year later, the origin of PFLAG in the '70s, the AIDS outbreak in the '80s, the surge of hate crimes in the '90s and the political movements of the early 2000s to present day  More here. Devin Heilman, CdA Press

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.