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Federal judge orders UI to restore official status of Christian group suing the university

On Tuesday, a federal district court judge ordered the University of Iowa to reinstate Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) as an official student organization for 90 days. The 10 member organization was stripped of its status in November, following an investigation by university officials of a compliant by a former group member, who claimed he was prevented from serving in a leadership role because he is gay. […]

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Five UI student groups file a brief supporting Christian group’s lawsuit against the university

Five faith-based student organizations at the University of Iowa have filed a brief in federal court supporting the lawsuit filed against UI by Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), after the university stripped the 10-member group of its official recognition as a UI campus organization, because university officials determined it had violated anti-discrimination laws and policies. Four of the groups — Chi Alpha, 24:7, Ratio Christi and Christian Medical & Dental Associations — define themselves as Christian. The fifth, Chabad on Campus, identifies itself as Jewish. […]

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First survey of the health of Iowa’s LGBTQ community has begun

A first of its kind health survey of Iowa’s LGBTQ community is now underway. The Iowa Cancer Consortium, in partnership with One Iowa, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Des Moines University, is sponsoring the survey. “Basically we saw the need for more data,” Levi Lappin of the Iowa Cancer Consortium explained. “There’s not much health data for the LGBTQ community at the state-level.” But that’s not an issue unique to Iowa, he said. […]

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Iowa City’s youth roller derby league emboldens kids of all kinds

Kids of all genders and backgrounds gather at the center of the Grant Wood Elementary school gym, laughing and greeting their friends, only stopping when volunteers announce it is time to circle up. “Collide A Scope! Danimal! Bruz-A-Lot! Rainbow Assassin!” Introductions before practice are necessary for the I.C. Bruisers junior roller derby league. Its free price tag and welcoming environment bring in new skaters from the Iowa City area each week. […]

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Kick off CR PrideFest with a bike ride and some laughs

Cedar Rapid’s Pride festival is blowing up this year with a full week of events from Sunday, July 2 through Sunday, July 9. Saturday’s main event, CR PrideFest, outgrew its former location and will expand to NewBo City Market. “We have had such incredible outreach from individuals and companies in the community that we have […]

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Complaint resolved against Iowa City’s Rev. Anna Blaedel for performing same-sex wedding

The United Methodist Church and Rev. Anna Blaedel, Executive Director and Campus Minister at the Wesley Center, have come to a “just resolution” of a complaint the church filed against Rev. Blaedel for officiating a same-sex wedding. The document, which both parties signed to end the complaint process, acknowledges differences of opinion in the church […]

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Transcare program coming to Cedar Rapids Planned Parenthood

Starting in January, the Cedar Rapids Planned Parenthood Health Center (3425 1st Ave. SE) will be providing a new range of health care services for members of the transgender and gender nonconforming communities, including hormone therapy along with continuing healthcare and lab work. “We had an interest in providing these services to better serve the […]

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UI students may now indicate preferred name, gender, sex and pronoun via Inclusive Student Records Inative

The Inclusive Student Records Initiative has launched on the University of Iowa’s Office of the Registrar website, and, for the first time, students will be able to provide their desired name and pronoun, as they’d like it to be displayed on their applications and in the student record systems, as well as in the instructor […]

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Post-Pulse: Gun classes for LGBTQs promoted in Iowa

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, a transgender writer in Florida has compiled a list of hundreds of gun owners and instructors across the country who volunteered to instruct lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer folk (LGBTQ) in the basics of firearm operations and safety at little or no charge. Two days […]

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WRAC hosting evening vigil for Orlando

The Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) will be hosting a candlelight vigil in light of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL Sunday. The vigil will commence at 7 p.m. in the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City. This tragedy […]

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Dear Kiki: Finding lesbian love in Iowa City

Dear Kiki

Questions about love and sex in the city of Iowa City can be sent to dearkiki@littlevillagemag.com (queries can also be sent anonymously using this form). Questions may be edited for clarity and length, and may appear either in print or online. Hi Kiki, Maybe you can help me. I’m kind of new to IC and […]

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