LGBTQ pride in one of the ‘Trumpiest’ counties in Iowa

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WHAT: Humboldt Diversity & Inclusion Pride Celebration WHERE: The VFW Hall in Dakota City, Ia., pop. 843, town seat of Humboldt County, pop, 4,753, and a county that voted 73 percent in favor of Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election WHO: About 200 residents, mostly allies plus a handful of LGBTQ people. Coordinated by Mark Henderson, John Grause, and Humboldt County Pride and LGBTQ Awareness. WHEN: June 25, 2021 PHOTOS BY: TRM Team

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Quad Cities Community Happenings (NEW: Long Live Community!)

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WHAT: Michelle Nixon Memorial Scholarship Brunch WHERE: Mary’s on 2nd, Davenport, IA WHEN: June 5, 2021 WHO: Community members, plus friends and family members of Michelle Nixon, honoring her for her community service as a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities and Quad Cities Pride Festivals. The event raised more than $5,000. PHOTOS BY: The Real Mainstream Team WHAT: OUTDOOR SERVICE AT METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE QUAD CITIES WHERE: Davenport, IA WHEN: Late April, 2021 WHO: Members of MCC of the QC, which is Iowa’s…

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Pride at Bass Street Landing: Long Live Community

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WHAT: Pride at Bass Street Landing WHERE: The Plaza at Bass Street Landing, Moline, Ill. WHEN: June 4-5, 2021 WHO: Hundreds of Quad Citians attended the event, a collaboration of The Project of the Quad Cities, Free Mom Hugs, and Clock Inc. LGBTQ Community Center PHOTOS BY: The Real Mainstream Team and Rich D. Hendricks WHAT: Pride Night at Modern Woodmen Park WHERE: Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, IA WHEN: June 17, 2021 WHO: A night at the ballpark, coordinated by The Project of the Quad Cities and the River Bandits…

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From Sioux City to Iowa City (NEW: Long Live Community!)

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WHAT: Eclipse Nightclub Pride Party WHERE: Sioux City, IA WHO: Queens, performers and community members celebrating Pride at Eclipse Nightclub & Cabaret. WHEN: June 5, 2021 PHOTOS BY: Vanessa Nevarez (Divine) WHAT: A night out at Studio 13 WHERE: Iowa City, IA WHO: Rio S. Suave and Corey Alan, founders of Key City Pride, and Studio 13 personalities WHEN: June 12, 2021 PHOTOS BY: Rio S. Suave, founder of Key City Pride

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Memories of One Iowa’s “You Be You”

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When U of I grad James Year first took these photos in April 2019, TRM was running thousands of printed copies all around Iowa. We never got around to posting this stunning collection online. I knew we would return to celebrate them one day. And here we are, at a time in history when finally it feels like something other than torture to remind ourselves of the joy of gathering. One Iowa’s “You Be You” show was groundbreaking in so many ways. It symbolized the potential of a connected eastern…

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