LandMarks: January and February 2020

The Project of the Quad Cities holds its 27th Annual Red Ribbon Gala March 28 at Rhythm City Casino. Early bird tickets for the formal affair are available now for $70. Learn more about The Project’s efforts to combat and prevent HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections on their website. World of Bikes in Iowa City offers a “winter tune-up special” through Feb. 29: $129 worth of bicycle check-up service for $94.99. Go to their website for more information. FreshFeelFade in Iowa City has a suite and several chairs available…

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ICE raids inspire new Mount Pleasant PFLAG

MOUNT PLEASANT — The greatest inspiration for a new PFLAG chapter in Mount Pleasant, a town of less than 8,700, was not an LGBTQ-related incident. Bob Mueller, founder of Mount Pleasant PFLAG, says ICE raids that led to the arrest of 32 people in March 2018 inspired him. “Back in Illinois, the LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights groups often worked together as we had many of the same issues,” said Mueller, who moved to Mount Pleasant from Westmont, about 20 miles outside of Chicago. Mueller said he felt called to stand…

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LGBTQ sports leagues thrive in Des Moines, Iowa City

Two LGBTQ-identified sports leagues are increasing their presence in central and eastern Iowa, each in their own ways. In central Iowa, the Pride Sports League is seeking to grow this year beyond its outreach of about 900 recreational players in about a half-dozen sports annually, says board chair Tyler Pettit. The League is seeking to reach more deeply into Ames and the Cedar Valley area. The Iowa City-based Lambda Softball Association (LSA) aims to expand into eastern Iowa communities such as Fairfield, Washington, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities for…

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