Quad Cities Pride Fest June 3-4 kicks off 12 Pride Month events

Quad Cities PrideFest

ROCK ISLAND — With a new location for both its summer festival and its parade, the Quad Cities is gearing up for its first full-fledged LGBTQ+ Pride month in two years, with more than 12 events planned throughout June. The first one is the biggest one: Quad Cities Pride Festival happens June 3 and 4 at Rock Island’s riverfront Schwiebert Park. The new location means a fully-equipped professional stage with lighting for performers that include rocker Alisabeth Von Presley of Cedar Rapids; the five-piece Chicagoland band Invisible Cartoons; the Quad…

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About the missing $30,000: why I had to write it

Why I Had to Write About $30,000 Missing from Iowa City Pride

I wrote one of the hardest stories I’ve ever had to write, earlier this week. It was a piece about $30,000 in donations to a revered LGBTQ+ Pride organization that is “unaccounted for.” I wrote it as a freelance writer for another publication, but an angry social media poster dragged The Real Mainstream into the public controversy by dredging up a three-year-old blog I wrote after my own tumultuous departure from Iowa City Pride. The angry poster insinuated I had “bias” and was attacking the Pride group for my own…

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Registration time for Lambda Softball Association and other LGBTQ sports leagues in Iowa and Illinois

LGBTQ sports leagues in Iowa and Illinois

Four Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ+ sports leagues are gearing up to have their first full summer seasons since the pandemic – and they’re already working hard to make the most of it. The Lambda Softball Association (LSA) serving eastern Iowa, and the Pride Sports League serving central Iowa, are recruiting for their summer softball seasons and have already started some other sports. Two leagues serving the Chicagoland area are already holding badminton, volleyball and more while also recruiting for summer softball and kickball. Lambda Softball Association gets certified For LSA,…

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