In a telephone interview earlier this week, Couvertier said she was excited about taking IDAHO’s message to the North Georgia mountains, away from the more progressive gay hub in Atlanta.
“Once the conversations are had, people view us as the same. That’s what it’s all about. There’s no special privileges or rights, just the same rights,” Couvertier said.
Couvertier said this year’s IDAGO calendar will feature a service at New Day Worship Center in Tocoa, Ga.
“Taking them [conversations] out of Atlanta, into the suburbs, where we run into the problems when it comes to legislation, it’s time to let them know what the dynamics are,” Couvertier said.
“These issues affect the public. We’re a part of the public, but they affect us in a unique way,” she added.
Meak Productions will host a fundraiser Monday, May 7, to benefit the upcoming IDAHO events. The fundraiser will be held at the relatively new restaurant Ilan Breeze in East Atlanta. Tickets to the fundraiser range from $25 to $30 (vegetarian food plate) but can be purchased in advance for $20 by visiting www.meakproductions.com/paycenter.htm.
Meak Productions will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the IDAHO organizers.
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Top photo: Betty Couvertier, lead organizer for Atlanta’s IDAHO events (by Dyana Bagby)