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Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Body positivity, self-discovery through burlesque on stage in Moline at Striptease Academy Showcase

Burlesque as therapy, self-discovery, empowerment and exploring gender will all be part of tonight’s Striptease Academy 2022 Showcase at The Spotlight Theatre in Moline. It’s one of the year’s last big events for Mary Quite Contrary’s House of Burlesque. It’s one of the year’s final events for MQC’s, a Quad Cities burlesque troupe that’s been performing and providing burlesque and striptease education for six years.

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The Revealing History of Cannabis

The Revealing History of Cannabis

The history of cannabis involves a lot of America leading the way in marginalizing a plant now recognized to have health benefits.

Informed consent is beyond sex, all about boundaries, and never forever

Informed consent is beyond sex, all about boundaries, and never forever

How many times have you made little Tommy give Grandma a hug, or scolded him because he didn't want to give Aunt Sue a kiss? Or given into that hug at the family barbecue from the creepy neighbor that stopped by, because you didn't want to seem rude? Remember how it...

Surviving and thriving: a new family within the Leather family

Surviving and thriving: a new family within the Leather family

I have been to quite a few away-from-home events over the last couple of years and often have seen my Leather family posting about their “event drop.” But I’ve never really experienced it. I thought maybe I was broken, or maybe didn't have my heart in it. Maybe that...

“We belong:” the Leather community’s pivotal role in Pride

“We belong:” the Leather community’s pivotal role in Pride

Every Queer person has seen these statements on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. • "That doesn’t belong here.” • “Think of the children." • "This is a family-friendly event, and you have ruined it." And my favorite: "What you do behind closed doors is fine, but I don't...

Leather weekend, more pride events cancelled because of COVID-19

Leather weekend, more pride events cancelled because of COVID-19

Des Moines' Iowa Leather Weekend in October is the latest LGBTQ-identified event to call off this year's festivities in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis and growing questions about why and how the virus is so contagious. Three other Pride events have also...

The Revealing History of Cannabis

The Revealing History of Cannabis

The history of cannabis involves a lot of America leading the way in marginalizing a plant now recognized to have health benefits.

Informed consent is beyond sex, all about boundaries, and never forever

Informed consent is beyond sex, all about boundaries, and never forever

How many times have you made little Tommy give Grandma a hug, or scolded him because he didn't want to give Aunt Sue a kiss? Or given into that hug at the family barbecue from the creepy neighbor that stopped by, because you didn't want to seem rude? Remember how it...

Surviving and thriving: a new family within the Leather family

Surviving and thriving: a new family within the Leather family

I have been to quite a few away-from-home events over the last couple of years and often have seen my Leather family posting about their “event drop.” But I’ve never really experienced it. I thought maybe I was broken, or maybe didn't have my heart in it. Maybe that...

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