When volunteering hurts so bad

When volunteering hurts so bad

  This is a really painful column to write.     Painful, and difficult, as well as potentially embarrassing and highly vulnerable to misinterpretation. It’s also one of those things that will likely make things better, but not before it makes things worse.  In...
Tips for raising a transgender child

Tips for raising a transgender child

“When I grow up, I want to be a girl.” Genevieve Carter (not her real name) is, in many ways, a typical nine-year-old  third-grader. She loves gymnastics and math, and is the embodiment of childhood enthusiasm. Her thick brown hair falls below her shoulders, and her...
Pride continues in Fairfield, Burlington, Quad Cities and more

Pride continues in Fairfield, Burlington, Quad Cities and more

Here’s our latest update of Pride events remaining throughout Iowa and the Midwest! New to the list: June 21 and June 30 Pride events in Iowa City, and a new Queer Pride Takeover at The Depot Brewery in Fairfield! Take a look! Queertopia, Friday, June 21,...
LGBTQ, POC: what’s it like to grow up in Iowa?

LGBTQ, POC: what’s it like to grow up in Iowa?

This year’s 50th anniversary of Stonewall, though moving, has also been marred by episodes of entitlement. These included the shoutdown, at Stonewall Inn itself, of a black transgender woman as she tried to read the names of murdered transgender women amid a...