Category: Eastern Iowa

CR Pride Fest shaping up to be largest ever Pride event in Cedar Rapids’ history Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS — A record level of community participation, two ground-breaking drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and live music are the highlights of this weekend’s CR Pride Fest celebration.

The CR Pride events start Friday night with a reception to honor LGBTQ+ artists and continue Saturday with the major festival and a nighttime drag performance.

Check out what’s planned this weekend for Pride in Iowa’s second-largest city.

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We Love Strays & Gays shirts by the Humane Society are back by popular demand

DAVENPORT — In response to public demand, the Humane Society of Scott County in the Quad Cities is reopening for its “We Love Strays & Gays” shirts, first introduced during Pride Month.

The shirt sales help fund the shelter’s needs at a time when shelters nationwide are overloaded and short on resources, staff, space and funding.

In addition, half of all sales go to the Clock Inc. LGBT Community Center in Rock Island, which serves all of the Quad Cities and neighboring counties.

Proceeds from the shirt sales are divided between the Humane Society, and Clock Inc. LGBT Community Center.

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Overloaded like animal shelters nationwide, Scott County humane society holds drag show benefit

DAVENPORT — Through its “Drag for Dogs” fundraiser Friday, and a shirt sales campaign, the Humane Society of Scott County is melding its fundraising during critical times with support for the Quad Cities’ LGBTQ community.

The fundraisers come at a time when shelters nationwide are overwhelmed with dogs and cats, struggling to find needed foster families and permanent homes, and overall euthanizing more animals.

Shelter Animals Count, a nonprofit that tries to track animal shelters nationwide, says the rate of euthanasia has increased nationwide for the first time in years. So has the gap between animals taken in by shelters, and released to adoption or foster families.

Read about how to support the Humane Society of Scott County and other animal shelters, whether through Friday’s Drag for Dogs benefit or 11 other steps you can take.

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Smaller Iowa communities, Chicago hold major Pride events; RoyalTea, Pride 5k, Pride South Side also coming

In Iowa: Ankeny, Burlington, Fort Dodge, and Humboldt County are up for their big Pride celebrations.

In Illinois, the focus is on Chicago with its annual Pride Parade and Pride in the Park music festival this weekend, and Pride South Side (geared toward Black and Brown queerness) next weekend.

You can also learn about a Pride 5K walk or run, a potluck, a crafts event to honor Marsha P. Johnson, and more in this week’s peek at Pride Month, Weekend 4, throughout Illinois and Iowa.

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