The Surprising History Behind the Hairiest Month of the Year

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It’s November and you know what that means –hair growers everywhere are rejoicing in an excuse to put down their razors for a month of bearded bliss, long leg hair, bushy bikini lines and unshorn underarms.
By now your friends and colleagues may have taken a rather hilarious and hirsute departure from their usual grooming habits, but the No Shave November and the Movember moments are much more than cultural memes. Did you know that both are nonprofit organizations created to promote awareness about health issues like cancer and mental health?
Now a global movement, Movember was founded in Australia in 2003 by two friends who (jokingly) lamented that the moustache – “mo” – had fallen out of fashion in recent years...

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COMIC: Birthin’ No Babies

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THE MIRAGE featuring the Kings and Queens of the Night

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Mirage 14 Andrew Mr Gay IowaThe University of Iowa will host THE MIRAGE featuring the Kings and Queens of the Night on Saturday, December 6th from 9pm – 1am in the 2nd Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event will feature an amateur competition, and professional performances from drag queens, drag kings, and burlesque dancers. Headlining drag queens include Gina Belle, Connie Shewa and Myling Belle. The Mirage 2014Headlining kings include members of the I.C. Kings: Hugh Jindapants, Johnny Derp, and Joey D. The 2013 Mr. Gay Iowa USofA and Les Dames du Burlesque will also perform. Nedra Belle will emcee.

The event will also feature a condom casino, free rapid HIV testing, and free snacks.

The purposes of The Mirage are to promote diversity and inclusion on campus, raise awareness for World AIDS Day, promote sexual healt...

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The Gym Is My Church

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The Gym Is My Church by Davey Wavey

When I was young, my mother would drag my family to mass each Sunday.

For a grueling 45 minutes, I’d fidget in my cold, aluminum chair listening to outdated Bible passages and sermons about the perils of birth control and homosexuality. More than anything, I remember the smell. The stale perfume of musty holy water and frankincense, it hung thick in the air like suffocating cobwebs.

Needless to say, the experience never resonated with me – and it certainly didn’t bring me closer to God, the universe or anything resembling truth.

In more recent years, I’ve found something that has. While it may sound ridiculous to some, the gym is my new church – and, for me, it’s a million times more effective...

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A Couple of Guys: Meet Market

A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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PFLAG Cedar Rapids December Meeting


Monthly Meeting Thursday, December 11 at 7:00pm in Grantwood AEA
4401 6th St SW Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Come for the cookies. Stay for the conversation. Enjoy support in a friendly, confidential, and comfortable environment. All meetings are confidential. Everyone gets an opportunity to speak but there isn’t any pressure.

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Out of Town: Québec City


Out of Town: Québec City by Andrew Collins

With its fairytale setting high on a cliff-top overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Québec City ranks among the most romantic and historic destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Although it’s grown over the years into a thriving metropolis of slightly more than 500,000, Québec City’s ancient core, which lies inside a formidable masonry fortification, retains an intimate look and feel that reminds one more of Europe than the rest of North America. Abundant with old-world galleries and antiques stores, cobbled lanes, inviting sidewalk cafes, historic inns and B&Bs, Québec City is a perfect place to steal away for a days with your partner.

Just three hours from Montréal, Québec is also within an afternoon’s drive of such major metropolitan ar...

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LGBT Author to visit Iowa City Prairie Lights Bookstore

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Author Vivek Shraya currently on tour in the US (with Everyone is Gay) and will be reading from my illustrated collection of short stories, /God Loves
Hair/ at Prairie Lights Bookstore on November 9th.

Family Is tour w/ Everyone is Gay – Reading from God Loves Hair.
Prairie Lights Bookstore; 4:00 pm.

God Loves Hair is Vivek Shraya‘s first book, a collection of 21 short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child as he navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, religion, and belonging.

Told with the poignant insight and honesty that only the voice of a young mind can convey, the stories are accompanied by the award-winning illustrations of Toronto artist Juliana Neufeld.

God Loves Hair was selected as a finalist in the...

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World AIDS Day Collaborative Production in Des Moines

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Des Moines Metro Opera and StageWest Theatre Company are planning a collaborative production in their upcoming seasons to promote and support World AIDS Day 2014. The two companies will create an evening of theatre that highlights each genre—a double bill performance to include both an opera and a play. Both pieces focus on the destructive force of the AIDS crisis among families and are produced to mark World AIDS Day, December 1. A portion of the proceeds from the performances will be donated to The Project of Primary Health Care.

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The True Colors of Kathy Bates


The True Colors of Kathy Bates by Chris Azzopardi

Hollywood luminary talks lesbians, drag and Uma Thurman

Long before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy’s mess of a character in this summer’s road-trip comedy Tammy, Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn’t take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her – it just took the Hollywood icon’s every turn on television (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story), Broadway (’night, Mother) and the big screen (Titanic, Misery).

Notably with Fried Green Tomatoes, her 1991 girl dramedy, and then with Dolores Claiborne and Primary Colors, Bates has kept us captivated for over four decades, bound to her boundless greatness. Now, as one half of a lesbian couple in Tammy (Sandra Oh of Grey’s Anatomy plays her par...

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