Community Briefs for Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

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IOWA The Garden Nightclub continues preparation for its new location at 525 E. Grand Ave. in Des Moines. The Des Moines LGBTQ+ nightclub closed temporarily earlier this year at its old location and is making renovations at its new spot. Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill in Iowa City is seeking a breakfast cook. Velvet Lotus Tattoo in iowa City is seeking a professional tattoo artist. Key City Pride has opened registration for its first-ever LGBTQ Rainbow Conference coming April 22-23. Featured speakers include Keenan Crowe of One Iowa Action in this…

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Burst of events provides intersectional end to Black History Month

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St. Louis is filled with nationally significant Black History: it’s where Dred Scott and his wife Harriet began their fight against slavery in 1847, where Josephine Baker kicked off her amazing blues career, and where tennis great Arthur Ashe grew up. It’s also within miles of where, in 2014, the late Michael Brown unwillingly kicked off the current Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality, when an officer shot him in Ferguson, to the east of St. Louis. This city near the border of Illinois is pioneering the mapping of…

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Groups ramp up, seek help, to fight Iowa’s anti-LGBTQ bills

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DES MOINES — If you’d like to join the fight against a rash of anti-LGBTQ bills proposed by Republican state legislators this year, two of Iowa’s leading civil rights groups are providing three chances to get involved within the next week. “Moral Mondays Iowa: The State That Loves to Hate” will feature State Rep. Liz Bennett, D-Cedar Rapids, and leaders of Iowa Safe Schools and One Iowa Action. They’ll educate Iowans Monday on the 14 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced this year in the Iowa State Legislature. Then, on Wednesday, the One…

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