BUUF became a Welcoming Congregation in 2006. BUUF members and ministers have been visible advocates for the LGBT community over the years, including participating in annual PRIDE events and in civil disobedience efforts in the spring of 2014 focused on adding the LGBT community to the Idaho Human Rights Act to ensure employment and housing protections.
The Rainbow Outreach (formerly Welcoming Congregation) Committee is the Fellowship's liaison with the LGBTQIA community. The Committee is currently under the new leadership of Michael Casias and is revising its goals and objectives but maintaining a focus on working to create a healthier and happier LGBTQIA community both within BUUF and in our wider community.
We recently helped celebrate the court decision that brought marriage equality to Idaho, at the Ada County Courthouse on the first day when licenses were legally issued to same-sex couples, and hosting a special event at the Fellowship:
"At Last!" on October 25, 2014 offered a celebration and reception to the community, to honor and support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry in Idaho, and to those who marched, rallied and testified to bring same-sex marriage to Idaho. The Gordon/Warren song, “At Last”, made famous by blues great Etta James, was the theme for the event, with cake, music, and merriment. The event was well attended and was featured on a local newscast, on KBOI.
The Rainbow Outreach Committee is working on formalizing a contact list, volunteer base, and a community resource guide for members of the LGBTQIA community. In addition, they are working on fundraising so re-usable banners and tent supplies can be created and/or purchased for BUUF’s participation in Boise PRIDE events.
In November, Michael collaborated with Rev. Dana Worsnop to plan a worship service to commemorate the Transgendered Day of Remembrance.