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Clock Inc. LGBTQ+ Community Center Grand Opening

Enjoy our latest Long Live Community Photo Gallery: the overflowing Grand Opening of Clock Inc., LGBTQ Center’s Grand Opening celebration for their new space in Rock Island. The nonprofit, founded in 2018, provides support groups, voice lessons, counseling, social activities, game nights, a transgender clothing swap closet, and more for LGBTQ+ adults and youth throughout the Quad Cities region.

  • WHERE: Clock Inc., 4102 46th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois
  • WHO: Clock Inc. attendees, parents, supporters, and community members at large from the Quad Cities area
  • WHEN: April 28, 2022
family of four
Katie Shoemaker and Owen Kaiser enjoy the celebration with their children, Max and Theo.
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Rachaud Keyes of Blue Grass and Nate Grunert of Davenport enjoy a moment by one of the many, many clocks at Clock Inc.
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A young person takes a moment to explore the books available to youth at Clock Inc.’s library.
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Rock Island Mayor and State Senate candidate Mike Thoms (District 36) smiles with members of founder Chase Norris’s extended family.
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Volunteers Greg Garza and Adam Hartz take a brief moment away from filling snack cups for a smile.
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Three generations of this Davenport family attended the Clock Inc. Grand Opening: Ariana Robinson and children Ameerah and Alayah; Maya Lopez; and Tricia Fem.
michelle and partner
Kaitlin and Michelle Staes smile in front of Clock Inc.’s mural.
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A group of youth enjoy game night and laughter during Clock Inc.’s Grand Opening April 28.
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Taking a smiling moment: Rebecca Middleton of Coal Valley, Elliot Cobb, head of the Rainbow ERG at John Deere; Rebecca Middleton of Coal Valley; and Kate Jennings, executive director of Q2030 in Moline.
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Faith and Jay Peterson help show off Clock Inc.’s donation thank-you wall.
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A fun family photo moment: (l to r) Catalia Horn, Charlie Romero and Corina Gonzales.
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K and Ash Khalig attended from Milan. K is doing a presentation on Clock Inc. for their Girl Scout troupe.
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Gale Springer and Sara Meyer enjoy the evening.
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Pastor Rich D. Hendricks of Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, partner and medical professional Jeff Transou, and Palmer Chiropractic student Michael Agyei pose in front of Clock Inc.’s colorful indoor mural wall.
michelle royal and friends
Michelle Royal (center) smiles with Dakotah and Rachel.
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State House candidate Thurgood Brooks (District 72) smiles with Mariah Martinez, Miss Eastern Iowa.
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Lucy Langley smiles with Clock Inc. founder Chase Norris.
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Other members of Clock Inc.’s leadership team, Adam Peters (left) and Megan Mauer (right) smile with Nathan Leidig, of The Project of the Quad Cities in Moline.

Cover photo features (l to r) Congressional candidate Eric Sorensen; a group member who chose not to provide their name; Adam Peters; Thurgood Brooks; Mariah Martinez; Michael Agyei; Jane and Ron Tiedge; Anthony Collins; and Megan Mauer. (photos by Christine Hawes)