OC Pride, coming this weekend, thrives and overcomes

OC Pride, coming this weekend, thrives and overcomes

Three years into Orange City Pride, this LGBTQ community in northwest Iowa has already endured a book-burning, picketers, brazen Republican-led attacks on those being open about being LGBTQ, the need to change venues, an ad campaign against it,and veiled condemnation...
The marginalization of spoken word, slam poetry

The marginalization of spoken word, slam poetry

Them: “So, what do you do?” Me:  “I’m a poet.” Them: “Me too! What kind?” Me: “Spoken word.” Them: “Oh, cool. Like rap and stuff? I write normal poetry.” There it is. The divide. It pops up constantly in conversations, the idea of “normal” poetry (or even worse,...
Board games offer lessons of life, inclusiveness

Board games offer lessons of life, inclusiveness

Walking into the game room of Mayhem Collectibles, in Clive, can be a surreal experience. There are people sitting at tables throughout the room playing games of all kinds. Games about building the best suburb, games about discovering underwater kingdoms, even games...
LGBTQ dating when you’re not ‘gay’ enough

LGBTQ dating when you’re not ‘gay’ enough

Hey Varla! I have a problem that I’ve been dealing with … forever, really. I’m a REALLY feminine girl. And I’m also REALLY gay. It makes dating hard because only guys flirt with me, and if I try to flirt with other girls they think I’m joking around, actually...