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LGBT activist on meeting with Rep. Shepherd: ‘I take him at his word’

Chelsea Gaona Lincoln writes on the “Better Idaho” blog today about her meeting with Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, which she requested after his comments to the House about gays. “On Thursday, I went with two other gay Idahoans,” she writes. “We sat down with Shepherd, Rep. Janet Trujillo (R-Idaho Falls) and House Republican Caucus Communications Director Cindy Agidius. I’ll be honest, Agidius did most of the talking, not Shepherd. Regardless, we had an opportunity to tell him our coming out stories.”

“In the end, Rep. Shepherd said he didn’t intend his comments to be hurtful,” Lincoln writes. “I believe him. I take him at his word. And that’s a step forward, which are the steps I like to take.” Her full post is online here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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