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Skyline students celebrate DIVERSE-ity at Pride

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Skyline students celebrate DIVERSE-ity at Pride

Idaho Falls waves pride flags on the Snake River

Photo Credit: Kayla Speas

Idaho Falls waves pride flags on the Snake River Photo Credit: Kayla Speas

Idaho Falls waves pride flags on the Snake River Photo Credit: Kayla Speas

Idaho Falls waves pride flags on the Snake River Photo Credit: Kayla Speas

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The Idaho Falls Community came together on Sept. 15 to walk in the annual Pride Parade at the Greenbelt. Over 100 people came to celebrate pride this year with a festival at the end of the walk, a drag race, and a comedy show that evening. Among those celebrating LGBTQ pride were several Skyline students who have been local activists for a few years now.

Isabelle Espinoza (11) and her friends Mariano Estrada (11), Tayla Taylor (11), Corbyn Stosich (11), and Senaida Gonzalez (11) started a youth group called DIVERSE (Different Ideas, Values, Ethnicities, and Religions Standing Equal) two years ago. Since then, they have branched out, gained a few new members, have held an alternative prom, and attended the Pride Parade this year. Espinoza told us about her experience at the parade: “The parade was a really unique opportunity. The sense of community and equality between everyone was overwhelming. This year’s turn out was amazing and we hope that next year’s will be even better.”

The mission statement of DIVERSE states that “the purpose of DIVERSE is to provide a safe space for those who are underrepresented or anyone who simply wants to be included in something. DIVERSE will put on a number of community events for these people, with the purpose of educating and celebrating differences within the community. DIVERSE will make the push for acceptance of these differences.”

Tayla Taylor explained that DIVERSE was created because they “wanted to be able to make a difference within our community. Starting this group gave me and others the ability to bring attention and support diversity in Idaho Falls.”

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