Their numbers are still largest in metropolitan areas. But if you look for the biggest increases — that trend is happening in small towns and rural areas. Joe Palisano is used to a certain kind of reaction when he tells people where he lives. Joe and his partner Tom Bry live just south of Sandpoint, Idaho to be precise -— population 7, He says people expect them to live in a city. They are equally surprised to hear that he is a farmer.
Out in the barn, Tom and Joe show off their drove of pigs. Tom and Joe are both wearing scuffed rubber boots. Moments like these are what they love about living here. Just to the west, across the border, Washington voters have legalized same-sex marriage.
In contrast, couples like Tom and Joe can be legally fired or evicted in Idaho. But Tom and Joe have no interest in moving. There's a time and place for everything," Joe adds. Other gay and lesbian couples in Idaho say there's been a shift -— even in staunchly conservative parts of this red state. Peggy Roberts lives with her partner in Coeur d'Alene, not far from the mining town where she grew up.
He specializes in the demographics of the lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered population. Gates says the U. Census shows the number of same-sex couples jumped in rural areas of the country. And he doesn't think it's because of an influx of people. Take the example of James Tidmarsh. Dating there, he says, was relegated to the world of online personals. And so I would drive up to Boise almost every weekend.
But Mike Larson thinks that could change someday. He's seen attitudes soften even among his fellow religious conservatives. And so, I've seen a lot of confusion. Inside, you won't find rainbow flags. But on Wednesdays, you will find karaoke.
Danni Bain came here with a group of friends. Bain says Mik's is one of the few places in town members of the group can feel totally comfortable. Because people are talking about it. And people are recognizing that we are there. Boise and Pocatello may soon follow. He lives in north Idaho and came out just a year ago. Swan glows when he talks about watching the returns coming into Washington, Maine and Maryland on election night.
But for now, he's staying in Idaho. But I believe I've gotta do work like the people who were before me in Washington originally pushing did. It's important to be that pusher. To make sure rights will be here for people who are coming out. It drew protest from some people in town who found it morally objectionable. The show also sold out. To see more, visit http: