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Iowa sees big rise in gonorrhea cases

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Health reported that there has been a 145 percent rise in gonorrhea cases in the state since 2013. Iowa had 3,600 cases of gonorrhea in 2017, according to a statement from the department. There were 2,600 cases reported in 2016. From the IDOH press release: In Iowa, increases are…

Iowa Leather Weekend announces leadership changes

DES MOINES — Iowa Leather Weekend announced on Tuesday that they were adding new positions and staff to the production team of the annual contest weekend. Turk Pierson, a current Iowa Leather Weekend staff member,will step into the role of Associate Producer, overseeing the Volunteer Coordinator & Box Office Coordinator. Jennifer Allen, Ms. Iowa Leather 2014,…

Self-Tie Iowa to hold first event Jan. 11

EASTERN IOWA — Self-Tie Iowa, a bondage group in eastern Iowa, will be hosting a education event in the second week of January. From their Fetlife event page: This month we are going to try and work on a self-tie agura (crossed legs.) So please make a point to bring a photo so we have…

LGBTQ health care coming Cedar Falls, Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — A local health care facility will start offering LGBTQ health care services starting Jan. 3. The Waterloo, Iowa Courier reported last week that UnityPoint Health-Prairie Parkway will see LGBTQ patients from 5 to 7pm the first and third Wednesday of each month. The newspaper said the goal was to create a comfortable and…

Krampus Kink Weekend held in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — December 9 saw the first annual Krampus Kink Weekend in Iowa City, IA.

The event featured a series of KINK U workshops in the afternoon, sponsored by Titans of the Midwest. Iowa Puppy 2018, Pup Paddles, also hosted a pup mosh and “yappy hour” at Studio 13 in downtown Iowa City. Educational workshops included classes addressing leather/kink on a budget and a demonstration on cuppin

One Iowa Action announces LGBTQ speakers bureau trainings

DES MOINES — One Iowa Action, an affiliated advocacy arm of One Iowa, announced details for its first Speakers Bureau trainings on its new website (oneiowaaction.org) Thursday morning. The site also includes the organization’s legislative priorities, upcoming details for other events, ways for LGBTQ Iowans and allies to engage with the organization and the Iowa…

Iowa groups join forces to stop ‘rubber stamp’ approval of federal judges

DES MOINES —Local and national organizations today launched a petition drive, encouraging Iowans and Americans to demand that Senator Grassley stop politicizing the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chair, and to provide true oversight to President Trump’s judicial nominees instead of acting as a rubber stamp. “LGBTQ Iowans rely on a fair and impartial…