Boise & Garden City

After Orlando, human rights center opens Boise sessions to public

The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights will open up free public sessions in its annual summer institute that starts Wednesday "in light of the tragic loss of life in Orlando, and the prevalence of violence that continues to be perpetrated against 'others' for differences real or perceived," according to a Monday news release.

"Each time an act of hate diminishes a life, or takes a life, we must look deeply into ourselves," Executive Director Dan Prinzing said, referring to the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida this past weekend. " What can I do to confront discrimination? How can I move from the anger and pain to be a voice for peace and inclusion? We invite our whole community to share in this conversation."

One of the sessions will specifically address LGBT inclusion and why words matter in the escalation of discrimination and violence. All sessions will be held at Marriott Townplace Suites, 1455 S. Capitol Blvd.

Public sessions include a 1 p.m. Wednesday panel discussion on embracing diversity and a 9 a.m. Thursday panel on "Creating Cultures of Inclusion." Other Thursday sessions include a 10:30 a.m. video on LGBT inclusion, followed at 10:45 a.m. by a panel presentation on "Why Words Matter." A noon Thursday presentation will focus on "giving people with mental health conditions the help they need and deserve."