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'Add the Words' documentary targets Idaho discrimination

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A scene from the documentary "Add the Words" from MDG Films. A scene from the documentary "Add the Words" from MDG Films.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

"Add the Words," a campaign that has been on the minds of those in the Idaho LGBT community as well as state legislators, is now the focus of a documentary through MDG Films.

The documentary "Add the Words" was filmed between February and June 2014, and free screenings are expected to hit Coeur d'Alene this weekend.

The movie follows those who have been waging a now nine-year battle to have the words "Sexual Orientation" and "Gender Identity" into the Idaho Human Rights Act. Right now Idaho is one of 18 states that has no protections for those who are being discriminated against based on either of these categories. They can be fired from their job or even evicted from an apartment just for identifying as gay or lesbian.

"We're talking about people," says Cammie Pavesic, the documentary's co-director. "Our friends and family and neighbors and their right to have basic human rights, and to be treated not like second-class citizens, but like human beings."

Idaho has made some headway in this debate, Coeur d'Alene being one of seven cities in the state that has adopted a non-discrimination ordinance that offers protections through the city that the state does not yet offer.

Pavesic says the film is about highlighting this epic battle between citizens and their government, as well as raise awareness for this campaign that's been going on for years.

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. on Friday at Unity Church and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Coeur d'Alene Library.

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