Iowa Safe Schools leads fight against conversion therapy

Iowa Safe Schools leads fight against conversion therapy

DES MOINES – A renewed effort is on to ban conversion therapy in Iowa, and Nate Monson is optimistic that the 2020 legislative session will generate some form of significant progress in outlawing a practice widely regarded as abuse. “This is a bipartisan issue,”...
Escaping domestic violence when LGBTQ can be complicated

Escaping domestic violence when LGBTQ can be complicated

QUAD CITIES — If you’re a gay man trying to escape from domestic violence, your path out can seem almost impossible. “The police may not understand,” says Mona Ritemon, the new LGBTQ domestic violence advocate for the Quad Cities. “If a man gets beat up by his...
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 seeking to raise $40,000 to purchase at least 75 higih-quality...
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...
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...