Author: Christine Hawes

Rock Island showing of Harris Neck documentary honors “strength and resilience” of Black Americans

“The Taking of Harris Neck” tells the story of the federal government’s illegal land seizure of Harris Neck in 1942 from descendants of slaves.

Gaye Shannon Burnett, head of the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, describes the film as a tribute to the “strength and resilience” of Black Americans.

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Growth in clients, staff, services inspires November move for The Project of the Quad Cities

MOLINE — The Project of the Quad Cities is moving to accommodate its growth in clients, staff and services. The nonprofit founded in 1986 to focus on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS now provides behavioral health care, LGBTQ+ health care, and gender-affirming care. Its move to 4101 John Deere Rd., from its River Drive home, will mean 7,000 more square feet and more rooms for treatment, support groups, trainings, education and more.

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Des Moines magazine’s LGBTQ honorees include Hendricks from Davenport, Wichtendahl from Hiawatha

A Des Moines magazine included two eastern Iowans in their choice for LGBTQ Legacy Award winners. Read about Rich Hendricks, pastor of MCC of the Quad Cities in Davenport, and Aime Wichtendahl, Hiawatha City Council member and Iowa’s first-ever openly transgender elected official.

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The Blazing Saddle anniversary, Iowa Leather Weekend converge on Des Moines

The Blazing Saddle, thought to be the oldest LGBTQ+ bar in the Midwest, celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend, in a three-day event that coincides with the 35th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend. Read about the events planned, including drag, leather contests, a play party, a sober social, and a Sunday outdoor service with lesbian singer Summer Osborne.

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CR Pride Fest shaping up to be largest ever Pride event in Cedar Rapids’ history Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS — A record level of community participation, two ground-breaking drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and live music are the highlights of this weekend’s CR Pride Fest celebration.

The CR Pride events start Friday night with a reception to honor LGBTQ+ artists and continue Saturday with the major festival and a nighttime drag performance.

Check out what’s planned this weekend for Pride in Iowa’s second-largest city.

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