Boise, Idaho is a city that embraces diversity in all its forms, making it the perfect place to organize inclusive events. Every year, the city celebrates its multicultural community with an annual public festival that celebrates music and dance from all cultures in Boise and Treasure Valley. This commitment to inclusion and diversity has earned Boise recognition as a welcoming city in publications such as Atlas Obscura, which highlights how refugees have shaped the city's food scene. Organizing diverse meetings and events is becoming increasingly important in today's interconnected world.
By bringing together people from different backgrounds and perspectives, organizations can foster innovation, creativity, and problem solving. In addition to its vibrant arts and culture scene and state-of-the-art venues, Boise offers a unique opportunity for attendees to be exposed to a variety of perspectives, ideas, and experiences that they may not find in their everyday lives. The Boise Pride Festival is an example of the city's commitment to celebrating diversity. The event will increase the presence of private security ahead of its annual three-day event in September.
The Boise Police Department (BPD) and the Idaho State Police will also monitor events throughout the weekend. Current groups such as Add The Words (Idaho), Indigenous Idaho Alliance, Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance and Anti-Racism Collective advocate for marginalized Idaho residents to have space in communities in Boise and Idaho. These regions of Idaho should not be locked in a vacuum; every time hate is incited, people resist. Idaho has an unfortunate legacy of Aryan nations, the “homosexual witch hunt” of the Boise Children and, in recent times, conservatives have been determined to control people's bodies and censor education.
Despite this, I grew up surrounded by natural beauty: I spent summers camping in McCall, Idaho, rafting the Boise River, and winters skiing in Bogus Basin. The panelists for this session will discuss their professional experience working to document, preserve and promote local LGBTQ+ history in Idaho and Washington. By organizing diverse meetings in such a diverse area, attendees are exposed to a variety of perspectives, ideas, and experiences that they may not find in their everyday lives. Boise is a city that celebrates diversity and inclusivity.
From its annual Pride Festival to its commitment to providing a safe space for marginalized communities, Boise is a leader when it comes to promoting acceptance and understanding among its citizens. With its vibrant arts scene and state-of-the-art venues, Boise offers an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to be exposed to different cultures and perspectives. Organizations can take advantage of this unique environment by hosting events that bring together people from different backgrounds and perspectives to foster innovation, creativity, and problem solving.