Quad Cities Pride delayed because of flooding

ROCK ISLAND — The flooding that has been affecting the Quad Cities has now pushed back the cities’ Pride celebrations. 

The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus reported Thursday that weeklong celebration had been scheduled for the first week of June and is now the last week of June. Quad-Cities Unity Pride President Tee LeShoure told the newspaper that the flooding had “washed out” some sponsors and participants. “We thought it would be best to give everyone time to kind of re-establish themselves and get everything cleaned up,” LeShoure said, saying some of the sponsors and businesses were backing out. “So we thought it would be fair just to make it later so that everybody could be able to participate at the same level.” 

You can still follow preparations for the event on the Facebook event or the Quad-Cities Unity Pride website.

New pharmacy opens at Project of the Quad Cities

MOLINE — A Schnucks Specialty Pharmacy has opened at the Project of the Quad Cities’ Moline clinic. The Project said in a Facebook post that the new pharmacy allows for integration of medical services as the clinic. The pharmacy opened with a ribbon cutting on Monday, April 29. The Project of the Quad Cities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community based organization that was established in 1986 to provide services to those at risk of contracting, affected by or living with STI/HIV/AIDS.

Gonorrhea outbreak in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — Public health officials in Rock Island have declared a public health emergency because of higher than normal cases of gonorrhea. The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus reported that forty-four gonorrhea cases have been reported in the first three months of 2019, compared with 27 cases in 2018. Rock Island County Department of Heath Chief Operating Officer Janet Hill told the newspaper that one of the thresholds for declaring an outbreak is at least a five-case increase per month. The department is encouraging anyone who thinks they could be at risk to get tested. “Our rates have been going up just like they are all across the country.

Gridshock- Quad Cities Premiere, April 18

DAVENPORT — The Project of the Quad Cities is hosting a screening of the documentary “Gridshock.” From the Facebook event:
Come join The Project of the Quad Cities at the FIGGE for a FREE exclusive screening of Quad City native, Vanessa McNeal’s riveting documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing reality behind the sex trafficking demand in Iowa, GRIDSHOCK. 5:30pm- Meet and greet with The Project

6:00pm- Movie Screening and Q&A with Vanessa

ABOUT VANESSA AND GRIDSHOCK
Vanessa McNeal, a filmmaker and survivor of sexual violence sets out to explore the often overlooked reality about why the sex trafficking industry thrives. The truth is that sex trafficking wouldn’t exist without the unquenchable thirst and demand for it. On the quest to learn more, Vanessa discovers who the johns/buyers are and why there is a culture of impunity that hides and protects them.

Red Ribbon Gala Pt. 2 in the Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Project of the Quad Cities holds it’s Red Ribbon Gala on Saturday, April 13, at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. This is the rescheduled annual Red Ribbon Gala. TPQC is a non-profit that serves those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Quad Cities area. From the Facebook event:

Electricity now included! Due to an unexpected power outage, we rescheduled the main portion of this year’s Red Ribbon Gala.

Quad Cities Pridefest in May

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad Cities Pridefest comes to town in May. From the Facebook event:
Quad Cities Pridefest is a 3 day LGBTQ festival celebrating diversity in our community. This event will be the start of Unity Pride Week, hosted by QC Pride! Kick off your Unity Pride week with a BANG!!!! Please reach out with any questions!

Clock, Inc. to hold variety show fundraiser on March 23

MOLINE — Clock, Inc., the LGBTQ community center for the Quad Cities, is hosting a variety show with Playcrafters Barn Theatre on Saturday, March 23. From the Facebook event:
Come out for an amazing show filled with drag performers, comedians, singers, slam poets, dancers, and more! Show starts at 7:00pm and the doors open at 6:00 on March 23rd! PRICE: Individuals 18+ is $10 at the door and for those under the age of 18, a suggested donation is accepted! So bring your friends and family for a great night!

Miss and Mr. Quad Cities Fall Pride accepting entries

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Quad Cities Fall Pride will be holding a pageant and fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 2. The pageant will be held at Digs Sports Bar and Grill, located within the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf. Sunday December 2, 2018 at Noon til 4pm. Along with the pageant there will also be a benefit show for World AIDS Day.

Quad Cities rally celebrates local trans leaders

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Last night at the rally in support of trans rights in Davenport, Iowa, Scott Xavier Fieker shared his story of transition and hope. About 100 people came to the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities to heat from local speakers. The event stayed positive and focused about love and compassion in the trans community. At one point, the community took time to recognize trans people in the audience. A few people who had never been in a welcoming environment before were moved to tears.