Choose from dozens of virtual, socially-distanced Pride events this year

In a year when more than 400 Pride parades and events have been forced by the coronavirus crisis to reschedule or cancel, a smorgasbord of digital and socially-distanced Pride events are still happening, both locally and nationally. A few entities, such as the Metro East Pride group in Belleville, Ill., are also still planning on holding physical Pride events sometime this year. Here’s a rundown of how you can celebrate Pride, an LGBTQ tradition built around the Stonewall uprisings in 1969 in response to police brutality: • Wed., June 3:…

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‘Kinky Boots’ enlightens

ROCK ISLAND – Brett Hitchcock calls it one of the “edgiest” shows the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse has ever put on in its 43-year history, comparable only to “The Full Monty.” “Kinky Boots,” the award-winning creation of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, is on stage four to five shows weekly through March 14. The story features a quartet of drag queens who join to support their leader, Lola, as she helps a shoe designer create a line of erotic footwear to save his factory. “The message of the show is…

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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 officials censored a headlining drag show, imposing a list of conditions for the performance including “no gyrating of buttocks, genitals or breasts” and “no physical contact” between performers and spectators. The city of Orange City announced its censorship of the show days before the performance…

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Studio 13 to add early-evening Sunday shows

Studio 13 will start offering early-evening shows this Sunday, March 3, with Sasha Belle’s Drag Race. In its eighth season, Sasha Belle‘s Drag Race will start at 7 p.m. Sundays from here on. The shows will be “PG” and end by 9 or 9:30 p.m., says Studio 13 owner Jason Zeman. Zeman said the early evening show is in response to frequent comments from people who simply can’t attend the standard 10:30 p.m. shows. “The world is changing, and we need to change with the times,” Zeman said. “Sunday is…

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