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Aime Wichtendahl, Iowa’s first trans elected official, reflects on coming out, her run for Hiawatha City Council and Iowa’s COVID-19 failures

Aime Wichtendahl didn’t run for office until 2015, but she’s been intrigued by politics for more than three decades. “When I was 8 years old, I remember following the ’88 presidential election between Bush and Dukakis,” she said. “And interestingly, I was really mad at my parents for voting for Dukakis. Which is weird now […]

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Grinnell College students are collecting interviews with LGBTQ Iowans for oral histories project

June 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, an event that catapulted the struggle for LGBTQ rights into the public consciousness. Of course, this struggle did not begin with Stonewall, or end with any law or Supreme Court decision — nor is LGBTQ history limited to high-profile protests in big cities. A dedicated group of Grinnell College students and their professor are […]

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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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