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Alisabeth Von Presley will bring her ‘pink-painted world’ to Iowa City Pride Fest

When Alisabeth Von Presley was a little girl, she believed she was the reincarnation of Elvis. She’d perform in front of a mirror, singing into her dad’s hairbrush. The 30-year-old entertainer now embodies the King of Rock and Roll in other ways, from her name — changed from Caraway to Von Presley — to the Elvis portrait tattooed on her left forearm. She’s taken up guitar, and often performs in glam, eye-catching outfits that harken back to Elvis’ sequined jumpsuits. […]

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Youth in the LGBTQIA+ community raise their voices in unity

The United Action for Youth (UAY) Pride group, along with students and recent UAY graduates, are hoping that pulling together what UAY’s Jamie Ellis a “gay teen mob of awesomeness” to participate in the Iowa City Pride Parade will give young members of the LGBTQIA+ community a greater presence and more recognition. […]

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Viewers watched Clinton, Trump face off as presidential race enters last six weeks

Voters watched the presidential candidates — Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump — face off for the first time last night in a national debate. And with the candidates on a split-screen with nowhere to hide, viewers had plenty of time to judge their facial expressions and reactions as well as […]

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Parade, pageant and performances round out Iowa City Pride Week

Iowa City Pride Week 2016 kicked off this Monday with the Big Gay Bar Crawl and continues into the weekend with a parade, festival and multiple performances. In light of the tragic deaths and injuries that occurred Sunday morning at Orlando’s Pulse night club, free counseling will be provided during the Iowa City Pride Festival. […]

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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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A reading list for Gabe Erickson

In an op-ed published yesterday by the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Diversity Focus’ Gabe Erickson asks, “Why is Rachel Dolezal held to a different principle than Bruce Jenner?” The article continues: “No one said Bruce is falsely portraying himself as a woman or called him a fraud.” (That, in fact, is not true.) Erickson’s op-ed begins […]

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Eat it: a (very NSFW) playlist

Pride is upon us once more! In honor of the month-long sex- and identity-positive bacchanal, we offer this humble (i.e., not exhaustive, so if we missed something, do tell!) playlist of odes to eating…well, you know. Enjoy! 1. “Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again” Marvin Gaye, 1976 “Ah I’m gonna give the ultimate love, baby, […]

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