One Iowa to Discontinue Iowa Pride Network
Since 2005, One Iowa has been working to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.
In the 12 years since we were founded, we’ve made amazing strides toward making Iowa a better state for LGBTQ Iowans. From helping Iowa become the third state in the nation to establish marriage equality in 2009 to expanding our programming to further educate the general public and advocate for LGBTQ Iowans in every aspect of life, we are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made and the legacy we’ve built.
More can—and needs to—be done, and today’s environment requires One Iowa to remain sharply focused on work that positively impacts all LGBTQ Iowans. At the same time, we must ensure that we aren’t duplicating the efforts of other LGBTQ advocates or organizations and are using our limited resources in the most effective way possible.
With these factors in mind, the One Iowa Board of Directors has approved the decision to discontinue Iowa Pride Network, effective immediately.
We remain committed to ensuring Iowa’s LGBTQ students have every opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment. We will continue supporting LGBTQ students in a variety of ways, including:
- Advocating for preserving and advancing laws and policies that protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ students, including ending so-called “conversion therapy” for minors
- Collaborating with LGBTQ student leaders and supporting their vital contributions to the larger movement for LGBTQ equality
- Providing guidance, education, and training opportunities to institutions that serve LGBTQ youth as they develop LGBTQ-supportive policies and environments
- Connecting LGBTQ students with valuable resources and information
This was not an easy decision to make. Iowa Pride Network has a long, rich history of serving LGBTQ students, many who have now used the skills and resources Iowa Pride Network provided to become successful adults. We are incredibly proud of the work we accomplished through this program, and look forward to supporting LGBTQ students in the future through other channels.
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about this decision. I would be happy to listen to your ideas to help One Iowa best serve LGBTQ students moving forward.
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, One Iowa Executive Director