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Des Moines Pride Center

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School is back in session and the Des Moines Pride Center is moving full speed ahead! And it’s time to welcome you to our home in the Mickle Center located in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood.

We invite you to get “plugged in” and join us Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30. The Board of Directors will share their vision and how you are the key to meeting the social and support needs Central Iowans have been craving.

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Nominations Sought for 2014 Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award

Friends of Iowa Civil Rights

Friends of Iowa Civil Rights is seeking nominations for the 2014 Annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Awards.

Awards are given to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in promoting civil rights in Iowa over the past two years in each of the following categories: individual, business, non-profit/community organizations, and youth/young adult. Friends will award the annual awards at the FRIENDS of Iowa Civil Rights Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 17th.

Friends of Iowa Civil Rights, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization established to educate individuals and groups on civil rights, assist civil rights efforts statewide, and recognize individuals and groups who have championed the cause of civil rights.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 29, 2...

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Judges question Indiana, Wisconsin on gay marriage bans

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ttorneys tasked with defending Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage faced an onslaught of tough questioning Tuesday from a federal court panel that repeatedly asked whether the bans were doing unnecessary harm to adopted children.

The hearing before the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked the latest round in the national battle over same-sex marriage that appears to be inching toward the Supreme Court.

Attorneys for both states seemed to struggle to answer questions from the judges — appointees from the Reagan, Clinton and Obama administrations — in their quest to have the appeals court reinstate the bans, which were overturned by lower courts in separate rulings in June...

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Cartoon: ENDA

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Gay Teen’s Mother Wants FDA Policy Changed After Denied Organ Donation

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A mother in Iowa is now trying to change an FDA policy after learning that her deceased son’s eye donation was rejected because he was gay.

AJ Betts, 16, took his own life after years of being bullied at school. The teen was a registered organ donor.

His mother, Seryl Moore, says the FDA decided to use some of her son’s organs, like his kidneys, liver, heart and lungs, but the federal agency rejected other tissue.

“My initial feeling was just very angry because I couldn’t understand why my 16-year-old son’s eyes couldn’t be donated just because he was gay,” Moore told Iowa television station KCCI

Continue reading at ABC13News.

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Judges denounce Wisconsin, Indiana gay marriage bans

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Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hours before to ensure they got a seat at the much-anticipated hearing.

While judges often play devil’s advocate during oral arguments, the panel’s often-blistering questions for the defenders of the same-sex marriage bans could be a signal the laws may be in trouble — at least at this step in the legal process…

Continue reading at THOnline.

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5 Tips To Improve Body Confidence!

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5 Tips To Improve Body Confidence! by Davey Wavey

Today’s guest post is by Davey Wavey’s good friend and spiritual weight release coach. Diane is also one of the contributors to The Davey Wavey Weight Loss Program.

You probably know how challenging summer can be when you’re worried about extra weight. Nothing like shorts and tank tops to trigger body insecurity, right? There is a solution and a way to embrace summer with confidence and joy. No, it’s not about changing your summer wardrobe into long-sleeve shirts and sweatpants. It’s about changing your mindset.

Here are my top 5 steps to getting body-confident, even in the hot weather:

1. Don’t Criticize… Apologize

Yes, you heard me… apologize. When you’re stuck in self-criticism about your heavy thighs or waist, you don’t need to deny how you feel. But you need to know how to stop. One way is to apologize to your body for speaking badly about it. As in any relationship, a heartfelt apology clears the air and helps you refocus. And the relationship you have with your body is as real as a relationship with a person. Use an apology to turn things around whenever you catch yourself in destructive thinking. Simply say to your body, “I’m sorry for talking about you this way.” Then do the best you can to end the negative self-talk and move on. Repeat as necessary.

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Sounding the Alarm for Syphilis in Iowa

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Reported cases of syphilis have increased significantly in the state according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. In Scott County Iowa alone, the local health department saw an alarming increase of 420% from 2012 to 2013 in early infectious syphilis – cases infected for less than one year. Most of these cases have been in men who have sex with men (MSM). Some of the cases are co infected (both diseases at the same time) with HIV.

The Scott County Health Department (SCHD) launched an aggressive campaign to increase awareness about this serious public health concern. By partnering with community organizations and businesses the SCHD implemented a plan to directly reach the population most affected...

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Skirting the Issues: Bittersweet

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Skirting the Issues: Bittersweet by Ellen Krug

Three months ago, I experienced a college graduation weekend—something that I often wondered would ever come. Lily, the youngest of two daughters. Intentionally and stubbornly an under-achiever in high school. Thirtieth from the bottom of her 483-strong student class at Linn-Mar High School. Couldn’t be forced to study even if world peace depended on it.

And now, a college graduate with a 3.4 GPA.

In a word, it was Sweet!

Way to go, Lily, rocking me and everyone else who knows you!

Other than celebrating Lily’s accomplishment, the weekend meant something else: being in the presence of my ex-wife. As I’ve written before, Lydia and I started out as high school sweethearts turned soul mates...

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Cartoon: Blame it on the Gays

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