Out & About: Queer Life in Iowa City is an exhibition about some of the many LGBTQ+ people and organizations in Iowa City’s history. Across the decades, queer folks in Iowa City and at the University of Iowa have created spaces in which to gather, to find support, and build community. The exhibit invites exploration of the diverse and complex history of LGBTQ life through an Iowa City lens.
Documents, photos, artifacts, and ephemera from local archives help recount stories from the recent past about queer student groups, local businesses and organizations, and publications. Materials on display in the exhibition are from the University Archives and Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries, from the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, and from community members.
Exhibit Curation: Madde Hoberg, Aiden Bettine, Sara Pinkham
Information below is a work in progress. Check back occasionally for updates.
Gay lib at UI
August 26, 1975. p.7F. Alan Kinsey. The Daily Iowan. A history of the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Iowa upon its 5th anniversary on campus. Gay Liberation Front was one of the first officially recognized LGBT student organizations in the nation.
Pride Alliance Center
After 10 years, center opens
October 30, 2006. Brittney Berget. p. 1. The Daily Iowan. Article about the grand opening of the Pride Alliance Center, at the time called the LGBT Resource Center.
LGBTQIA+ Studies: A Resource Guide
View a research guide from the Library of Congress that centers around the events before and after the Stonewall Uprising, and find primary source material from the LOC collections.