Boise Pride

Pride Flags
Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s Pride Festival is underway at Capitol Park. The annual event celebrating the state’s LGBT community has expanded to two days this year.

As traffic zooms past, Pride Festival board member Joseph Kibbe climbs a ladder up to the light posts lining leafy Harrison boulevard.

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Law enforcement officials say they are investigating after a gay pride flag was found burned in front of a Boise home.

According to Boise police, an unknown suspect damaged a gay pride flag displayed outside a Boise home sometime between during the evening of June 10 and the morning of June 11. Police say that the owners were displaying the rainbow flag in support of Boise's pride week.

The case is being investigated as malicious harassment. Idaho doesn't include sexual orientation and gender identity in its malicious harassment law.

Kyle Green, Idaho Statesman

Organizers say after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando last week, Boise's annual LGBT celebration known as Pridefest could go a couple of different ways. Fewer people might show up this weekend for Pridefest because of fear of anti-gay violence. Or, more people might turn out to show solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Idaho officials say they can't display rainbow lights on the Capitol building for upcoming LGBT pride observances in Boise.

The Idaho Statesman reports that officials say the technical limitations of the lighting system prevent them from fulfilling the request from Boise Pridefest organizers.

But leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event suspect political concerns are also involved.