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3 Gay Idahoans Confer w/Shepherd, Trujillo

Chelsea Gaona Lincoln (pictured), of Caldwell, is a behavior therapist and member of Idaho's gay and transgender community. In the column below, she talks of having a face-to-face meeting with state Rep. Paul Shepherd, R-Riggins, who sponsored a short-lived resolution that called for impeachment of judges who support gay rights:

It’s not everyday an elected official compares you to dregs of history on the floor of the Idaho House. But that’s exactly what Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-Riggins) did to gay and transgender people last month. Speaking in favor of a bill, he equated the gay and transgender community to slave owners, saying we are good people who make terrible decisions. As a gay woman, being disparaged isn’t anything new. But those words were especially hurtful coming from a legislator -- a community leader. Something had to be done. Yet, it had to be done with grace. Being raised on a small dairy farm in rural Wilder, I was taught that grace is an exercise of love, kindness, and goodwill. That’s why I asked Rep. Shepherd to join me for a public forum to discuss the lives of gay and transgender people. I couldn’t stop thinking that he hurt more than me. He hurt an entire community. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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