Coming out after age 40 today brings unique challenges

Coming out after age 40 today brings unique challenges

Jason Frerichs Coming out is a long and individual process at any age. When you’re coming out after the age of 40, you have a unique set of challenges. You may have a history of being in a heterosexual marriage. You grew up and discovered your sexuality under...
LGBTQ sports leagues thrive in Des Moines, Iowa City

LGBTQ sports leagues thrive in Des Moines, Iowa City

Two LGBTQ-identified sports leagues are increasing their presence in central and eastern Iowa, each in their own ways. In central Iowa, the Pride Sports League is seeking to grow this year beyond its outreach of about 900 recreational players in about a half-dozen...
To step into your writer self, read your own story

To step into your writer self, read your own story

I constantly have conversations with people who commend me for being a writer and within the same breath, assure me that they could never be one. Here’s a story about one of those people. A student of mine, we’ll call her June, regularly attends the weekly IC Speaks...
TNR takes off throughout Iowa

TNR takes off throughout Iowa

There’s a common scene Chris Whitmore encounters as animal control coordinator for Iowa City. A family, often from a rural homestead or tiny town, brings in a six-week-old kitten to the shelter for adoption. “Where’s the mother?” Whitmore or her staff will ask. “We...
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...