Decorah Pride celebrates its second year this weekend

Decorah Pride celebrates its second year this weekend

Amalia Vagts could hardly contain her joy today at the signs of Pride adorning her hometown of Decorah as it prepares for Saturday’s second annual Pride parade and festival. “We have 40 Pride flags hanging up on our main street this morning, and it’s...
Pride season throughout Iowa, the Midwest

Pride season throughout Iowa, the Midwest

  Almost two dozen events are happening throughout Iowa and the Midwest during the upcoming Pride season. Take a look! Decorah Pride May 11, 2 p.m. to midnight, Mary Christopher Park and downtown Decorah. Find it on FB at Decorah Pride.     Kansas City PrideFest:...
Sports league seeks support

Sports league seeks support

    A sand volleyball tournament July 14, and a joint softball tournament with the Des Moines LGBTQ league in August, are the latest ventures for the Eastern Iowa Lambda Softball Association.    League founder Jose Maldonado is seeking at least 10 teams (six to seven...
“Bears:” a peek into the culture

“Bears:” a peek into the culture

Rob Anderson of Cedar Rapids  is one of Iowa’s leaders in “bear” culture and Mr. Iowa Leather 2016. He took a few minutes  to share with Christine Hawes about bear culture, in this Q&A, edited for brevity and clarity. What is “bear” culture? The easiest definition...
Studio 13 to add early-evening Sunday shows

Studio 13 to add early-evening Sunday shows

Studio 13 will start offering early-evening shows this Sunday, March 3, with Sasha Belle’s Drag Race. In its eighth season, Sasha Belle‘s Drag Race will start at 7 p.m. Sundays from here on. The shows will be “PG” and end by 9 or 9:30 p.m., says...
The best of protest music

The best of protest music

Every year, I dive through the music industry’s “best of” lists, looking for albums and artists that made a splash or flew under my radar. Ross Clowser This January, scrolling through lists from NPR, Pitchfork, the Guardian, and other tastemakers, one pattern became...