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Pride Event to Take Place in Nampa Despite Opposition

By • June 5, 2024

A “Pride” event is scheduled in Canyon County this weekend, for the first time ever.  Lakeview Park in Nampa will be the venue for the gathering, named the “Canyon County Pride Festival” by organizers.

According to the Canyon County Pride Facebook page,

“This event is a free, public, family-friendly Pride celebration that commemorates nationally recognized LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The purpose of this event is to celebrate and uplift members of the LGBTQ+ community!”

Photo courtesy of Canyon County Pride Facebook page

Another post described how some organizers have faced adversity during their event planning,

“We have been on a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the planning of this event, and EVERY SINGLE TIME we felt low and defeated, we immediately got a phone call or DM from a member of our community wanting to help. Stepping into the role of planning such a big event isn’t easy, and we knew we would face some hate. But we never imagined the amount of love and kindness that would appear so perfectly.

Thank you, lovely humans. Thank you for showing up, for speaking up, and for never giving up. Our little community clearly needs more love, and y’all brought MAGIC. We love you, and can’t wait to celebrate with you June 9.”

The Canyon County Pride Facebook page listed the following organizations as sponsors of the event: Idaho Democratic Party, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Silverhawk Realty, ACLU of Idaho, Flying M Coffee Nampa,, and Healing Heart and Mind Counseling, LLC. The organizers also raised over $17,000 in funds through a GoFundMe campaign.

Despite the event containing “Canyon County” in the name, the city of Nampa and Canyon County are not sponsors of the event, nor do they necessarily endorse the message and theme.

Nampa City Council has reportedly received many complaints and requests for the city to cancel the event. Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling released this official statement:


The City of Nampa would like to provide clarification on the process of renting a park within city limits. There are a number of parks available for the public to reserve for a fee as long as certain rules and laws are followed.

As part of this process, Lakeview Park has been reserved for Canyon County Pride Festival on June 9 in Nampa. The process for park rentals is overseen by Nampa Parks and Recreation and applications are not reviewed or approved by Nampa City Council. The use of the park by this group is not an endorsement of their message or views by the City of Nampa.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “While this event does not reflect the personal beliefs and convictions of myself, the Nampa City Council, and many living in Nampa who have already reached out to us requesting it be cancelled, the advice of our legal counsel was that the City of Nampa must recognize the protected first amendment rights of those scheduling and involved in this event.”

Idaho Senator Brian Lenney (R-Nampa) retweeted media coverage of the event and said,

“City of Nampa sure is changing…”

Lenney also retweeted a U.S. Department of Education post with a “Happy Pride Month” image and commented,

“This makes white straight, conservative Christian kids feel very uncomfortable and unsafe. And, unwelcome.”


Feature image of Nampa’s Lakeview Park

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39 thoughts on “Pride Event to Take Place in Nampa Despite Opposition

  1. Proverbs 16:18
    “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

    James 4:6
    “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

    Romans 1:26-27
    “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:”
    “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9
    “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

    1. So, on the fourth of July, do you bust out these verses when people say that they’re proud to be an American?

      1. Sal, the difference between Pride and the Fourth of July are obvious.
        During the Fourth of July celebrations, everyone has a common love of our country to share and we do so with fireworks, barbecues, and parades that are 100 percent family friendly and clean.
        However, during Pride parades and celebrations , all the LGBTQ has to share is sexual deviance and perversion. Dressing in outfits that are BDSM, perverted, and not family friendly. Performing sex acts in public. Sharing things that are supposed to be in private spaces with children.
        Pride is a disgusting perversion and I question you like all the others. If this is all the LGBTQ has to share with Pride (a mortal sin by the way), then what do you really have to be prideful of and what use do these people have in society?

        1. It is not a coincidence that they chose the word “Pride” as their motto for the so-called movement…

          “Pride is considered the root of all evil because it is the original and worst of the seven deadly sins…”

        2. Everyone a sinner in some way. So I find it very difficult to be judged and hear hateful words from my fellow Christians that claim they are children of Christ, whom by the way stands for peace love forgiveness and being able to sit with anyone anywhere on any level. It’s a sad day when Brothers and Sisters of Christ go against his teachings to judge and throw around hate speech.

          1. Bud, you call yourself a Christian, but then you call the verses used in the post “hate speech.” So you’re saying the Bible is hate speech? You seem very confused and deceived. Your idea of Christianity is based not on what is written in His Word (KJV) but based on the popular expressions and opinions in this present evil world. You may get away with changing the Bible into what you want it to say now, or what you think it should say so you feel comfortable or you “get your way”, but you will have to answer later for changing what it says.

            And the word “hate speech” is a marxist term used to install speech codes. It’s a way of shutting down any speech one doesn’t feel comfortable with. That can work both ways. You promoting what the Bible says is wicked, many can call your words “hate speech” because you’re hating the clear message of the Bible and trying to change the meaning into something it’s not to deceive others into what you want it to be. That is the definition of hate.

      2. Sal, thank you for asking that question. The 4th of July isn’t called pride day. The 4th of July signifies our nations independance from the tyrannical rule of the nation of England. It is a day of thanksgiving. That was the original meaning of the day. We were thankful as a nation to be free! And no I don’t say I’m proud to be an American. Why would I be proud to be something I had nothing to do with. I say I’m thankful to be an American. Pride in all cases is wrong, according to scripture.

        The difference is the lgbtq+ call the month of June pride month. Then they have lewd parades with a lot of sinful behavior, in front of children.

        Isaiah 5:20
        “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

        Why would one celebrate something the Lord says is evil. The Lord is to be feared. The Lord is going to win in the end so it’s best to not celebrate what He calls evil. He created everything we see throughout the day, and He decides what is good and what is evil. We should humble ourselves and seek the Lord and do what He says in Hs Word, and not be rebellious and go our own way. There is a devil and he wants us to be rebellious from what God says in His Holy Word.

        You can get mad at me but I’m only telling you what the Word of God says. I’m telling you out of love. If what the Bible says is true, and the proof is that it is, then isn’t it more loving to offend someone with the hope they will search the scriptures themselves and repent and be born again (John 3:3), instead of not saying anything, so you don’t offend them and then they go to hell. There are too many compromisers and rebels these days that’s why we are in the mess we are in. We need to share the truth in love and not water it down. The Word says what it says. May the Lord bless you and open your eyes to the truth before it’s too late.

      3. lol. These scriptures are good for discipline and instruction.
        Very appropriate for an abominable group of shameless people pushing and flaunting their twisted sexual fetishes in the face of a descent Christian community in an effort to force people to accept and capitulate to public demoralization

        Stealing Gods covenant sign to mankind (rainbow), and making a “clown” show at and of a public park/community.

        There is nothing normal about this movement/religion of distain full revolution.

        Nor does it have a dang thing to do with “4th of July”.

    2. Additionally, James says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. And that all sin is equal in the eyes of God. Your hatred, your spite, your fear, your anxiety… all just as sinful as pride or sexual impurity. Your waste, your greed, your love of money. Whatever sins that you commit, all make you unclean. All make you the unclean wineskin that God will not put His spirit into. “Let he without sin cast the first stone.”

      1. You are just so correct. I am so thankful to Christ for his sacrifice. By repenting of my sin and accepting him as my Lord and King, I am made clean and acceptable to God. It is God’s desire for ALL to turn to Him, reject their immoral life styles, and be welcomed into his kingdom. I pray for all unbelievers that they might become new wineskins.

      2. What is more loving, letting someone revel in their sin knowing they are bound for the lake of fire or warning them that their sin filled life guarantees that they will end up in the lake of fire and asking them to repent so they can avoid that fate? Seems to me you’d have to hate someone for the first option. And just so you know having a different opinion or disapproving the lifestyle choices of someone is not the same thing as hating them. In his book Milo Yanopolis admitted that homosexuality was morally wrong, that he was a hypocrite for engaging in that lifestyle, and that he did so because it’s fun to do naughty things. He has also repeatedly told how homosexuality is very detrimental, physically, mentally, and spiritually for the individual, society, and humanity itself. If a gay is telling us how bad homosexuality is, shouldn’t we listen to him?

        1. That “repent” part is constantly down played, and we seldom hear it from the pulpits at all, even though it is the most important part. But on the topic of homosexuality the church has completely yielded the moral high ground by accepting divorce and remarriage even among the clergy. There are very specific verses on that which are never preached. It is hypocritical to speak out against Sodomy when so much of the church is involved with ongoing, accepted, adultery. We live in very deceptive times.

      3. Stones have already been cast. The same trolls screaming about where they put their reproductive parts (or surgically removed ones) seek to ban religion from schools and certainly arrest those praying in front of a Planned Abortion facility. Truth is, this Pride movement is a religion, an evil one, and they shove it into kids faces at schools and in Libraries, and events in public parks. Why do you never see these weirdos reading at an old folks home? Why only kids, the younger the better? We all know the answer….

      4. You wrote: “Additionally, James says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
        My response: That was not written in James that’s Romans 3:23.

        You wrote: “And that all sin is equal in the eyes of God.”
        My response: There’s no verse in the Bible that says that. You made that up. Secondly, sodomites (the correct name for homosexuality) was the only sin that the Lord brought down fire from heaven for (see Genesis chapter 19). He never did that for any other sin. He also almost destroyed an entire tribe in Israel, in part for the same sin (sodomy-homosexuality), when the children of Benjamin wanted to gang rape a traveling levite, a man/ and later gang raped his concubine, when the host refused to let them get to the man (the levite) (see Judges chapter 19). This caused a civil war in Israel and the near extermination of the entire tribe of Benjamin. It appears that that particular sin is a most vile and vexing sin in the eyes of the Lord, we can see this by his fierce judgement against it in two separate occasions in scripture.

        You wrote: “Your hatred, your spite, your fear, your anxiety… all just as sinful as pride or sexual impurity. Your waste, your greed, your love of money. Whatever sins that you commit, all make you unclean. All make you the unclean wineskin that God will not put His spirit into. “Let he without sin cast the first stone.”
        My response: You’re taking scripture out of context. the Bible tells us to expose (reprove sin).
        Ephesians 5:11
        “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

        My response: I never said you can’t be forgiven for being a sodomite (homosexual). But the first step is to stop resisting the truth and acknowledge it is a sin, repent, and ask the Lord to help you live a pleasing life in His sight and become born again (John 3:3). The same way any other sinner would be saved. The difference is you tend to defend your sin much more. Most people agree adultery, gluttony, drunkenness, violence, abuse, bullying, fornication, drug abuse, etc is all sin, but it seems you want everyone to be okay with your sin of being a sodomite and if anyone says its a sin you freak out, and you want to have a full month for everyone to have a “pride” parade celebrating it. Sorry it is a sin in God’s sight. You need to repent and reject it.

        there may be some misspelled words due to autocorrect.

    3. Amen. Thank you! In Toronto, Canada, men can reveal full frontal exposure, exposing themselves in complete glee, in the most vile ways, to adults and children, and it is perfectly legal in these gay parades. And men and women are allowed to be totally naked in Seattle gay parades. Satanic wickedness keeps growing! And everyone knows they use bright rainbow colors to attract children to themselves to feed their filthy minds in hopes of making child rape legal. The ACLU, an arm of the Democrat Party, works diligently to make child rape legal and to get pedophiles quickly released.

      The deadly lifestyle is being pushed on everyone and they want everyone to be gay even by force. And if you do not comply to this deadly disease lifestyle that includes child surgical mutilations, you can be removed, expelled, lose your job, etc. Please perform a You-Tube search with the words: “Expelled! Hundreds walk out of LGBT indoctrination- Shaun Christie at NWU (North West University)”

      In our country, recently, a man was not incarcerated after he molested a baby because he is a homosexual. In Idaho, many years ago, a man raped a baby and this act caused the baby to die. He was not charged because it was a homosexual act. A righteous policeman that we knew told me later that the murderer/rapist had died. Praise God for His justice! We must always be coming before God’s throne crying for righteous justice.

      Libs in all sectors tell us we must stand with the lifestyles of feces, diseases, death, bodily mutilations, pornography, men raping boys, called man/boy love in homosexual circles, and every vile, sexual lifestyle. And eternal fire. It is all about promoting the lifestyles of feces, diseases and death for all, and the hole-in-the-wall vileness and homosexual bathhouses in America.

      Men conveniently become women to see them naked, to lust after them in bathrooms and showers. They refuse to use a private restroom. When these so-called trans men rape and lust, the girls who expose are simply called prudes though prudishness is good. It must stop!

      This gay gang also stands with bestiality—sex with animals. Frank Kameny, a major homosexual activist, stated when alive, “There is no such thing as sexual perversion” and encouraged sex with animals. He believed bestiality is fine, “as long as the animal doesn’t mind.” And now many democrat/progressives have no problem declaring bestiality is good. The Biden administration hired a man who brags about having sex with dogs and he dresses as a woman and does the unspeakable before audiences.

      Today too many stand with what is lewd, vile, and debaucherous. To say everyone must stand with 1.6% of the population of America who engage in queer lifestyles and whatever else is beyond any moral reasoning.

      I must add, when I was in high school and college, I never heard of anyone wanting to be the opposite sex. I never heard of anyone being gay! I never heard of a student being raped or shot. Purity was the way of life for most every student. This was when pure Biblical morals were still respected. What we view today is what satanic indoctrination has produced, plus the removal of the teachings of the Bible which calls us to consider each person as being more important than ourselves.

      A six-year-old girl was molested in a public school and she is the bad person and her family for complaining. “The little girl was coerced into performing sex acts on little boys under a desk in the presence of a teacher.” Satanic evil is everywhere in our public school system where kindergartners and upwards are taught to engage in all sex acts, including homosexual. Public libraries support this as well. See video of exposure through YouTube search: Grassroots Army Mom is beside herself with what happened in school with students, school board sits in silence. People who do not have children in public schools should not be required to pay taxes to these filthy houses of sexual wickedness. They are controlled by Planned Parenthood. It states at their website that children must be taught sex at birth, and Joe Biden molested his daughter when she showered. As stated in her diary, she had to take late-night showers to be protected. (John 3:16)

      The Homosexual Lobby stands 100% with child porn as it promotes “Cuties” a movie full of child sexual exploitation. And the Homosexual Lobby continually promotes child porn in all forms for grooming purposes.

      The progressive democrats stand with ACLU. They are the party of the ACLU and ACLU lawyers work to obtain rights for pedophiles and gays, which has been made clearly visible on their website for years.

      Many democrats stand with child rape today and its trafficking, including at America’s borders. How long will it be before citizens are persecuted for not approving of child rape, with the consideration of the fact, 86 percent of pedophiles are gay according to investigations? Plus the fact, a father was arrested for not approving of his daughter being raped at a school by a transgender.

      Former President Obama did not care about staff having child porn on their computers. Never once did he reprove or take corrective action nor did any democrat.

      “Twentynine percent of children of homosexual parents have been specifically subjected to sexual molestation by their homosexual parents.” Do liberals care? Of course not! And governments persecute anyone who sees this as wrong.

      7/2020 “A grocery-story chain has apologized for promoting an LGBT education pack that parents said “normalized pedophilia. The packs that were emailed to primary and secondary-aged schoolchildren by Asda, the British chain, which obtained them from the pro-LGBT organization Diversity Role Models.”

      And testimonies from child actors state, Hollywood is full of pedophiles. One stated, “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was, is, and always will be, pedophilia,” he said. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry … It’s the big secret.” Of course, we know it is full of all kinds sexual wickedness and God will one day destroy Hollywood and all its filth.

      Once upon a time in our nation, actually not that long ago, chastity, modesty, purity, innocence, being undefiled, offering pure speech, etc, were considered quality traits. The name “Prudence” was a common name. You see, I stand on historical correctness, the time when most Americans married as virgins. And AIDS did not exist.

      Many fatal homosexual infections are caused by the entry of feces into the bloodstream, including Shigellosis. It is interesting how it is completely similar to Norovirus or Norwalk which originates through fecal matter and was first detected in 1968. A new, harsher strain of Norovirus is the Sydney strain, first detected in 2012.

      Matthew 19:4f—“And He (Jesus Christ) answered and said, Have ye not read, that He (God) who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

      “All churches who condemn us will be closed … We shall sodomize your sons … We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups…” (Quote by homosexual leader Michael Bronski)

      And do not forget the wicked ways of homosexuals who are not green and cannot reproduce naturally. They force those who comply with the natural birth of children to hand over their children to them. They have implemented laws whereby adoption agencies cannot ensure natural couples have adoption rights only. This is insanity and they expect everyone to comply to this non-green, child-snatching conspiracy. It is all about lies, deception and destroying all things moral and upright.

      Netflix has released for children, pre-pubescent sexual erotica of all kinds, including encouraging pedophilia. “It has been called “pure evil” and “animated kiddie porn.” The purpose of the show is to normalize pedophilia, groom children for abuse by predators and break down any final remaining taboos that still might exist in American society. This includes homosexual/sodomite rape. Average age of child actors in the show? Eleven.

      ‘Perhaps the most outrageous scenes highlighted so far involve the animated portrayal of young children’s genitals, over and over again,’ wrote Alex Newman.

      The show also dedicated an entire episode to tax-funded abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was thrilled.” Of course!

      “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ) that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

  2. Funny how religion pops up on this subject so quick and every time they forget the biggest part of all, Question almost everyone despises the lbgt for trying to force the BS on everyone but at the same turn the religious community tries to force there beliefs on everyone. Isn’t that the same thing.
    Last time I checked God will be the one to judge you in the end.
    The constitution guarantees you the right to speak and express yourself.
    And best of all our for fathers made this a free country to go or not to go.
    Most of the people I know believes as me live your life as respectful people, keep your sexual preference to yourself, don’t push your BS on others, you deserve absolutely no more than the next person, don’t ever involve the kids, and America will stand one day if needed to explain it!

    1. No, it’s much different. Not even a close comparision.

      The lgbtq is a group if one criticizes you can lose your job, be accused of using “hate speech” (put in jail in Canada and other countries) or if you’re a business you can lose vendors, banking institutions will close your account, etc etc etc. They want forced acceptance. If you don’t believe that go to any downtown area and hold up a sign with some verses against sodomites (homosexuals). See the repsonse. Or simply say loudly, “Homosexuality is a sin that will be judged by God”. See the response. Then go do the same with a sign against Christianity. See the response. I assure you the response will be 100% different. You know it and I know it. We all know it.

      Can one go to jail in the USA for criticism of Christianity? I think not. It’s even accepted and celebrated here in the godless USA, which ironically was started by mostly Protestant Christians. Our very judicial system is based on the Bible.

      If someone criticizes Christianity (the predominantly founding religion of the USA- particularly Protestantism), it is no big deal. It happens all the time, on the tv, movies, radio, comedians, etc. There’s no big outrage, no marches, no violence, nothing. The crude “comedian” Larry David even had an HBO sitcom where he had some of his urine sprinkle on a painting of Jesus and they made a big joke out of it, with little to no outrage. Certainly no violence. Would there be outrage if Larry David did the same thing to a painting of Mohammad. Did you think some violence would occur? maybe even murder? Do you think if Larry David did a piece on the wickedness of ‘homosexuality” his show would be cancelled and there would be a national outrage? You know the answer.

      Also, why would putting some Bible verses offend you? Are you a conservative? If so, don’t you believe in free speech? Or is it only speech you agree with, or speech that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable?

      And who is forcing their religion on anyone? This is an open reply section, can’t we post as we believe? Or should we only post in a way that the majority of the people will agree with. Sounds kind of like curtailing free speech.

      We live in a present evil world (Galatians 1:4) filled with drunkenness, adultery, sodomites, drug abusers, pedophiles, rapists, gang members, murderers, fornicators, broken families, feminists, effeminate men, abusers, those who curse every other word, a lack of decency, etc etc. Because of that we need more scripture, more God, more Jesus Christ, not less. It’s what made our country the freest country in the history of the world, and degeneracy and wickedness is what is destroying it.

  3. It’s all about going after the children hence the “family Friendly” nonsense. If this lifestyle is followed (chosen) there will be no families left.

  4. I wonder what the city of Nampa would do if a celebration of traditional marriage and sex, straight sex, was proposed?

  5. June is Pride month! Let’s show our pride for God. Let’s show our pride for our nation and our flag. Let’s show our pride for President Trump. Let’s show our pride for being heterosexual. LET’S SHOW OUR PRIDE!!!

  6. This is just one of the reasons I moved to New Meadows. Idaho’s metropolitan cities are and are catering to the liberal movement and I don’t want to participate in this change. So enjoy this celebration as that is your right as an American. Be thankful that we all still live in a country that provides for so many freedoms. Just remember that Freedom isn’t free as many paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we all enjoy.

    1. Umm, Bob, I hear they had a drag queen show at “the Intersection” several months back… No need to mention what goes on in McCall. It will continue and get worse unless we stop it.

  7. On a happier alternative note: SAVOR!…Boise’s annual Idaho signature wine tasting event shares the “Pride” date. So, we have choices…

  8. The best way to deal with this is just show up and take lots of photos. You’re bound to catch a few exposing themselves to children, just snap away. No need to confront or anything. Just photograph and report.

    1. Or, you can just pretend you photographed it and report that lie, then get sued for a million dollars for defamation !

  9. I heard on the news earlier this week that a bunch of Hamas / Palestinian protesters showed up at a Pride event. The pride participants heads exploded at the thought that Hamas and the Palestinians hated the LGBT community. I thought the whole thing was hilarious considering all the rainbow flags proclaiming their support for Hamas & the Palestinians.

  10. Why can’t these disgusting queers keep their sick freak shows where it belongs. Portland, Seattle, all of California. The permit should be denied. Knowingly spreading diseases, and flaunting sexual deviant behavior in public is NOT a Constitutional Right.

  11. Hope the freaks enjoyed the freak show! I had this idea that a hundred people showed up all with paint ball guns. The hundred surround the event attendees and open up …with ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW!

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