Category: Central Iowa

Kings and Queens Club in Waterloo will reopen no matter what, owner vows

John Hayes vows to keep Kings and Queens Club, Waterloo’s only LGBTQ+ bar, open no matter what.

He announced the bar’s temporary closing right after New Year’s and now has at least a dozen people who have made serious inquiries.

Kings and Queens Club opened in 2001 under Jona Von Blaricom, and Hayes took over in 2011. The bar has a long history of supporting causes and nonprofits and bringing out a spirit of LGBTQ+ acceptance in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area.

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Support from Iowa and Illinois LGBTQ bars, groups increases following Club Q shooting

With victims’ and heroes’ names now released, and accounts shared of Saturday night’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, more events and support are coming from LGBTQ+ groups throughout Iowa and Illinois.

The Garden Nightclub in Des Moines plans a benefit show Friday evening, and Basix in Cedar Rapids holds a benefit show Nov. 27. Mary’s on 2nd in Davenport is also working on putting together a memorial and fundraiser for Club Q, but details are not yet finalized.

Groups like The Project of the Quad Cities are also stepping up efforts to circulate information about mental health support lines.

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MLK Youth Summit // LGBTQ Pride appeals // Hurst and Ukraine refugees // New Nourishing Root // Elle Wyant filing // Beadology’s class offerings // TPQC’s calls for artists, exercisers // Corner Store Apothecary // Clock Inc. and Tanager Place support groups

Progressive, LGBTQ affirming Iowa news about Pride groups, candidates Elle Wyant and Glenn Hurst, The Project of the Quad Cities, Clock, Inc., and several area businesses.

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Fairfield under strife // Mason City surrenders mascot // Cedar Rapids’ Basix grabs headlines // Capital City Pride kicks off // Hurst stands up for Black female candidate

Read about community strife in Fairfield; Mason City’s change of logo and mascot; Glenn Hurst’s latest push; Capital City Pride’s first Gala; and headlines for Basix and Studio 13, two LGBTQ bars in eastern Iowa. Plus more.

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