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Protecting Our Children

In the last two days, our office has been flooded with phone calls and emails from outraged Idaho citizens regarding the Boise Pride Festival the weekend of September 9-11. Not only does the festival take place on one of the most sacred days to many Americans (September 11th) but this year's festival also features 'Drag Kids On Stage', a drag show performed by kids ages 11-18.

September 11th has traditionally been considered 'Never Forget' day, as we mourn almost 3000 people killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. A day normally spent honoring the lost souls of office workers, bankers, CEOs, and first responders has now been relegated to obscurity in Idaho as some celebrate the sexualization of our children instead. This year's Boise Pride Festival has declared that our children need to be exposed to drag. The festival encourages attendees to "come cheer them on as they bring drag to the younger generation."

The Lt. Governor's Office stands with Idahoans who believe our children are the greatest gift we have, and they should never be exposed to the sexual behavior of adults. We condemn local leaders who attempt to justify these activities as normal or inclusive and admonish the sponsors of this event to think long and hard about their moral responsibilities to the youth of our state. At least one corporation, Zion's Bank, has pulled their sponsorship of this event. In a press release, they stated that they were not aware of the event's activities involving children/minors. Perhaps other Idaho corporate interests should do the same.

Also as a result of public backlash, the Idaho Family Policy Center has initiated a petition asking the legislature to implement legal reform that would prohibit drag performances in public places where children are present: idahofamily.org/dragpetition

Boise School Board Elections

This last Tuesday marked the Boise School Board election, in which four of five incumbents won re-election. The fifth seat was won by 18-year-old Shiva Rajbhandari, a Boise High School student.

Although turnout was higher than it was two years ago, fewer than 20,000 votes were cast in total, highlighting the importance of engaging conservative voters in these crucial school board elections. There will be many more of these school board seats up for election next year and I encourage parents to get engaged in these important elections.

Wildfires in Idaho

There are several wildfires burning in Idaho right now, the largest of which is the Moose Fire, which has now burned more than 107,000 acres. The Ross Fork Fire is now more than 28,000 acres and is still growing.

While some fires are caused by lightning (such as the Ross Fork Fire), others are caused by human carelessness. According to federal investigators, the Moose Fire was human-caused.

With hot and dry conditions continuing throughout much of our state, it is critically important to exercise extreme caution with any potential source of fire. Of course this applies to campfires and cigarettes, but even a spark from poorly secured metal objects or dragging tow chains is enough to cause more destruction to our state. Please be careful!

America First Warrior Podcast

The first episode of my new America First Warrior Podcast is now available! You can listen to it by visiting AmericaFirstWarrior.com/episode1. In this episode, I interviewed Sheila who owns Slicks Bar in Nampa and we discussed Governor Little's shutdown of her business during Covid. Watch for more episodes coming soon!

Sincerely,

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin
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