Roller Derby Lags on Trans, Nonbinary Inclusiveness

Roller Derby Lags on Trans, Nonbinary Inclusiveness

Ox Fotheringham The first-ever gender policy for the organization that helps roller derby grow worldwide came out in 2011. It was clinical, and harsh. If you were not assigned female at birth, the policy said, a healthcare provider had to verify that your “sex...
Shelters focus on a good night’s sleep

Shelters focus on a good night’s sleep

Shelters across Iowa are taking different approaches to try and ensure the homeless people they serve are able to get a good night’s sleep and not just food and shelter. In Iowa City, Shelter House is obtaining 75 mattresses at a cost of $40,000, with the help of a...
Roller derby carves spaces for inclusive strength

Roller derby carves spaces for inclusive strength

Why did women and gender-fluid people start up to 2,000 roller derby leagues worldwide? We needed it.  I’m writing today about roller derby as a cultural phenomenon, a feminist and “inclusive” place to find like-minded people, showcase our strength, and be...
QUEERIES by Varla: How to reach my queer crush

QUEERIES by Varla: How to reach my queer crush

Help me Varla! I have a crush and I don’t know if she is queer or non-monogamous.  Apprehensively,  Hot to trot Dear Hot to Trot,  Sounds like you have been consumed by desire. The basis of any great relationship, or even hook-up, is friendship and...
Artist helps fuel political awakening in SW Iowa

Artist helps fuel political awakening in SW Iowa

Council Bluffs artist Cait Irwin COUNCIL BLUFFS — Southwest Iowa is home to three of Iowa’s 10 most conservative cities, according to RoadSnacks, which ranked cities by Republican voter and funding support earlier this year. This means that advocating for...
LGBTQ health care leader offers spiritual salve, too

LGBTQ health care leader offers spiritual salve, too

Dr. Katie Imborek EDITOR’S NOTE: Most people know of Dr. Katie Imborek through her work helping to found the University of Iowa’s LGBTQ Clinic. Imborek is also an active member of Sanctuary Community Church, a non-denominational Coralville church leading the way in...