More hate fliers hit Quad Cities

More hate fliers hit Quad Cities

QUAD CITIES – Hate fliers continue to appear on posts and wrapped around freely distributed newspapers in Iowa City and throughout the Quad Cities. Iowa City has been hit at least four times in the past year with fliers that either encourage people to report...
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 obtaining 75 mattresses at a cost of $40,000, with the help of a...
Proteus celebrates 40 years serving migrant workers

Proteus celebrates 40 years serving migrant workers

DES MOINES — Proteus, a Des Moines-based nonprofit that helps immigrant farmworkers find support to live safely and securely, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Named after the Greek God that transforms to the needs of the people, Proteus focuses on...
OC Pride drag show survives city censorship

OC Pride drag show survives city censorship

ORANGE CITY — In eastern and central Iowa, you can take in a sultry drag show several days a week without worry of any hassle from government officials or conservative activists. But in northwest Iowa’s Orange City, at the 3rd annual OC Pride celebration, city...