Reaching Out – Shea Andersen

How Idaho’s gay media might lead a new statewide movement

Travis Riggs cups a phone to his ear, listening to a ring on the other line, and wonders aloud how to introduce himself.

“Am I Diversity News? Or just Diversity?” he asks the ceiling. The line picks up, and he chooses the former.

Riggs, 26, is really a measure of both. As a gay man in Idaho, he’s an example of the sort of diversity Idaho is still struggling to accept. As the editor of a newly revamped gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender magazine based in Boise, he’s at the forefront of a new form of activism in Idaho.