June Is Gay Pride Month In Iowa Also!

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With Dear Leader sucking up so much of the air on a daily – nay hourly – level many of us tend to focus on that train wreck while life goes on.

With the coming of summer comes the fairs and fests through which we celebrate our lives and work. In the past 50 years gay pride parades have come to join the stable of celebrations, especially in medium to larger cities.

Gay pride parades usually happen in June. This is apparently done to commemorate the Stonewall uprising of June 28th of 1969. That date is often marked as the beginning of the gay pride movement. For those who are counting 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. As many Iowans also remember, April was the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court decision that same sex members could legally marry in Iowa.

So this is a double bang year of celebration. 

Most of us have gay family members or gay friends or co-workers. This is a chance to show solidarity with them.

Here is a sampling of Pride celebrations around Iowa. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.

Des Moines:

Pride Fest has been going on in Des Moines all week. It culminates this weekend with plenty of events too numerous to put on here. The best thing to do is go to the link here and see what all is available. Have Fun!  


Cedar Rapids:

Cedar Rapids Pride Fest coincides with the 4th of July week, beginning July 1st and going through the 8th. Since 2017 the fest has been held in the New Bo district of Cedar Rapids. Much more information can be found at the CR Pride fest website:   https://crpridefest.com

Quad Cities:

Flooding pushed the celebration back a few weeks, but didn’t stop anything. Learn about the festivities at the website for 2019 Quad Cities pride here:  https://www.proudout.com/po-event/unity-pride-week-2019/

Iowa City:

Perhaps Iowa’s oldest continuing fest, Iowa City is ready to party next week and weekend. Get the schedule here at the Iowa City Pride website. Enjoy!    https://www.iowacitypride.org


Stick this one in your tickler file for September. Ames will have a pride parade on September 7, 2019.  https://www.amespride.org/#/

Omaha/ Council Bluffs:

Over there on Iowa’s west coast we will have the Heartland Pride festival on June 28th and 29th. Here is the website.  https://heartlandpride.org/2019pride/   Head on over and enjoy!

Sioux City:

Oops – we missed the SUX Pride. It took place on June 1st – last week. Hope everybody had fun.

Waterloo Cedar Falls (Cedar Valley Pride Fest)

Another one for the tickler file. This one takes place the weekend of August 23rd and 24th. Find information here.  http://www.cedarvalleypride.com

Mason City:

Looks like planning is underway for a pride fest in Mason City for August 17th. Check here for information.   http://masoncitypride.com

Certainly not an exhaustive list. Something to give us a break from the continual coverage of Dear Leader. Hope you can find some stuff there to enjoy.

Just in  from our friends at progressiowa: 

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2019

Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0133


DES MOINES — Local and national organizations released the annual Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide today, to provide accurate information and encourage appropriate representation of the LGBTQ community in the media. One Iowa, Transformations Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, GLAAD, and Progress Iowa jointly released the guide, which can be viewed by clicking here.

The following leaders issued statements to be included in the Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide:

“The LGBTQ community has worked for equal treatment and respect for decades. While we’ve made progress, LGBTQ people, particularly transgender individuals, continue to face harmful stigma and policies here in Iowa. Respectful and accurate media coverage is key to educating the public and breaking through false narratives about LGBTQ people. One Iowa is committed to working with and educating journalists to accomplish this.”

  • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel,
  • Executive Director, One Iowa

“Transgender people are facing directed attacks like few times before. From state governments denying us the right to bathrooms and life saving surgeries, to our federal government allowing discrimination towards us in all aspects of life, even from emergency room doctors. The message from them is clear, they do not believe we are people. As such it is more important than ever that media outlets respect our humanity. Using our name and pronouns, even when referring to our past, is just the first most basic step towards that. When the media respects who we are it helps the public see we are the same loving, kind, and caring people they are. “

  • Sophia Stone, President,
  • Transformations Iowa

“Words matter. It is important that the media take the time to understand and correctly use language that is based in best practices and is respectful. In doing so, it helps to report events accurately and educate the public in the process. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa has been a proud ally of the LGBTQ community for more than two decades. We will always advocate for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ Iowans and stand against any effort that uses religion as a weapon to discriminate.”

  • Connie Ryan, Executive
  • Director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

Included in the guide, which can be viewed by clicking here, are an overview of the LGBTQ community in Iowa, including demographics, a background on Iowa laws, and best practices for LGBTQ coverage, including a glossary of common terms.

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