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World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

DAVENPORT, IA — “Being & Belonging” is an international look at living with HIV and AIDS, and it’s coming to the Quad Cities Thursday courtesy of The Project of the Quad Cities, DeLaCerda House, and Figge Art Museum.

Read about the artists featured in the film, plus learn about seven other World AIDS Day events happening in Iowa and Illinois.

It features artists from Columbia, Mexico, Korea and more sharing what it’s like to live with HIV and AIDS in different cultures and countries.

This World AIDS Day commemoration, among many throughout Iowa and Illinois, also includes a reception and vigil. The Dec. 1 event starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Bolingbrook Pride offers LGBTQ Friendsgiving dinner this weekend

Bolingbrook Pride offers LGBTQ Friendsgiving dinner this weekend

One group stepping up to provide safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ people during the holidays is Bolingbrook Pride outside of Chicago. Another is Rainbow Cafe in Carbondale.

They’re among several groups in Illinois stepping forward to provide a place to go for LGBTQ+ people who may not have accepting family, or who just want to enjoy a holiday celebration with “chosen” family.

Read about them all below. The Kaiser Family Foundation. reports that LGBTQ+ people are 2.5 times more likely than heterosexual and cisgender people to experience depression, anxiety and substance misuse or abuse.

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Support from Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ bars, groups increases following Club Q shooting

Support from Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ bars, groups increases following Club Q shooting

With victims’ and heroes’ names now released, and accounts shared of Saturday night’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, more events and support are coming from LGBTQ+ groups throughout Iowa and Illinois.

The Garden Nightclub in Des Moines plans a benefit show Friday evening, and Basix in Cedar Rapids holds a benefit show Nov. 27. Mary’s on 2nd in Davenport is also working on putting together a memorial and fundraiser for Club Q, but details are not yet finalized.

Groups like The Project of the Quad Cities are also stepping up efforts to circulate information about mental health support lines.

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Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Burlesque as therapy, self-discovery, empowerment and exploring gender will all be part of tonight’s Striptease Academy 2022 Showcase at The Spotlight Theatre in Moline. It’s one of the year’s last big events for Mary Quite Contrary’s House of Burlesque. It’s one of the year’s final events for MQC’s, a Quad Cities burlesque troupe that’s been performing and providing burlesque and striptease education for six years.

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Largest-ever survey of transgender Americans underway through Nov. 21

Largest-ever survey of transgender Americans underway through Nov. 21

With new efforts to reach marginalized identities like the indigenous and people without homes, a national organization is conducting the U.S. Trans Survey, the largest-ever survey of transgender Americans.

The deadline to participate in the survey is Nov. 21, and this is the first time it’s happened since 2015. The survey is conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and will help activists, caregivers, and community leaders better understand the transgender experience across the country, organizers say.

“This is a trans survey by trans people and for trans people,” says Josie Caballero, the National Center’s special projects director.

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World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

DAVENPORT, IA — “Being & Belonging” is an international look at living with HIV and AIDS, and it’s coming to the Quad Cities Thursday courtesy of The Project of the Quad Cities, DeLaCerda House, and Figge Art Museum.

Read about the artists featured in the film, plus learn about seven other World AIDS Day events happening in Iowa and Illinois.

It features artists from Columbia, Mexico, Korea and more sharing what it’s like to live with HIV and AIDS in different cultures and countries.

This World AIDS Day commemoration, among many throughout Iowa and Illinois, also includes a reception and vigil. The Dec. 1 event starts at 5:30 p.m.

read more
Support from Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ bars, groups increases following Club Q shooting

Support from Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ bars, groups increases following Club Q shooting

With victims’ and heroes’ names now released, and accounts shared of Saturday night’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, more events and support are coming from LGBTQ+ groups throughout Iowa and Illinois.

The Garden Nightclub in Des Moines plans a benefit show Friday evening, and Basix in Cedar Rapids holds a benefit show Nov. 27. Mary’s on 2nd in Davenport is also working on putting together a memorial and fundraiser for Club Q, but details are not yet finalized.

Groups like The Project of the Quad Cities are also stepping up efforts to circulate information about mental health support lines.

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World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

World AIDS Day inspires “Being & Belonging” in the Quad Cities, more events in Illinois and Iowa

DAVENPORT, IA — “Being & Belonging” is an international look at living with HIV and AIDS, and it’s coming to the Quad Cities Thursday courtesy of The Project of the Quad Cities, DeLaCerda House, and Figge Art Museum.

Read about the artists featured in the film, plus learn about seven other World AIDS Day events happening in Iowa and Illinois.

It features artists from Columbia, Mexico, Korea and more sharing what it’s like to live with HIV and AIDS in different cultures and countries.

This World AIDS Day commemoration, among many throughout Iowa and Illinois, also includes a reception and vigil. The Dec. 1 event starts at 5:30 p.m.

read more
Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Burlesque as therapy, self-discovery, empowerment and exploring gender will all be part of tonight’s Striptease Academy 2022 Showcase at The Spotlight Theatre in Moline. It’s one of the year’s last big events for Mary Quite Contrary’s House of Burlesque. It’s one of the year’s final events for MQC’s, a Quad Cities burlesque troupe that’s been performing and providing burlesque and striptease education for six years.

read more
Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Burlesque as therapy, self-discovery, empowerment and exploring gender will all be part of tonight’s Striptease Academy 2022 Showcase at The Spotlight Theatre in Moline. It’s one of the year’s last big events for Mary Quite Contrary’s House of Burlesque. It’s one of the year’s final events for MQC’s, a Quad Cities burlesque troupe that’s been performing and providing burlesque and striptease education for six years.

read more
Former teacher discovers artist inside

Former teacher discovers artist inside

CEDAR FALLS -- For more than 30 years, Lisa Breithaupt poured herself into teaching kids and teens about living healthy and working as a team. But when she retired from teaching physical education in nearby Dunkerton, another part of her emerged: an artist who...

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Taxes and Animal Abuse

Taxes and Animal Abuse

“Shouldn’t we be teaching children to have respect, compassion and empathy for animals? Instead, they are learning that it is ok to terrorize animals for entertainment.”

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Former teacher discovers artist inside

Former teacher discovers artist inside

CEDAR FALLS -- For more than 30 years, Lisa Breithaupt poured herself into teaching kids and teens about living healthy and working as a team. But when she retired from teaching physical education in nearby Dunkerton, another part of her emerged: an artist who...

read more
Taxes and Animal Abuse

Taxes and Animal Abuse

“Shouldn’t we be teaching children to have respect, compassion and empathy for animals? Instead, they are learning that it is ok to terrorize animals for entertainment.”

read more
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