Honoring 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots, One Iowa, NAACP Des Moines Branch, Iowa Queer Comunities of Color Coalition, and Capital Crossroads Will Host LGBTQ People of Color History Panel

One Iowa is partnering with NAACP Des Moines Branch, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, and Capital Crossroads to host a panel discussion focused on how LGBTQ communities of color have contributed to U.S. history. It will take place at Drake University’s Olmsted Center on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30-8 p.m., one day before the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. 

This event is the first in a new quarterly series called Illuminating Intersections, a collaboration between One Iowa, NAACP Des Moines chapter, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, and Capital Crossroads aimed at shining a spotlight on how race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more interact and shape individual life experiences.

“In the early hours of June 28, 1969, transgender women of color led the fight against police brutality and intimidation at the Stonewall Inn bar, igniting the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “This historic event 50 years ago is only one of many examples illustrating how the work of LGBTQ people of color forms the foundation we stand on in our fight for equality for all. I am honored to partner with NAACP Des Moines Chapter, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition, and Capital Crossroads to shine a spotlight on the too-often forgotten contributions of LGBTQ communities of color.”

“The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” NAACP Des Moines Branch President Kameron Middlebrooks said. “We believe the same protections that we have worked so hard for over the 110 years of the NAACP should be extended to all Americans, including members of the LGBTQ community. Conversations like these are important to ensure people of all religious backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, and genders understand and respect one another.”

“The Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition is delighted to collaborate with the NAACP Des Moines chapter, One Iowa, and Capital Crossroads to highlight the voices and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community,” Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition Co-Chairs Buffy Jamison and Gabby Guerra said. “LGBTQ+ people of color have always been at the forefront of social movements – the first ones to organize, to fight back, to march or even to hashtag a mantra into a global movement. Nevertheless, those labors are often quickly dismissed, forgotten, or outright denied by the rest of the world – including by the communities that directly benefited from said labors. This Thursday, we celebrate the legacy of this population while hearing from community members that work to influence history every day.”

“Ensuring a more diverse, equitable and inclusive central Iowa is a priority of Capital Crossroads,” Capital Crossroads Director Nikki Syverson said. “This event is critical to shining a light on how race, sexual orientation and gender identity not only shape an individual, but also our community.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. and mingle before the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. Rheya Spigner of KCCI will facilitate discussion. Panelists include:

  • Joseph Mounsey/Sr. Freida Peoples (all pronouns), Motor City Sisters member and LGBTQ activist based in Des Moines
  • Tony Khuth (he/him/his), Iowa Safe Schools board member and 2019 LGBTQ Leadership Institute class member
  • Sonia Reyes-Snyder (she/her/hers), Iowa Office of Latino Affairs executive director
  • Norio Umezu Hall (he/him/his), One Iowa Action board member and Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault publications specialist for the Resource Sharing Project
  • Kelly Quinn (she/her/hers), Sac & Fox Tribe Meskwaki Nation member and activist, 2019 LGBTQ Leadership Institute class member

This event is free and open to the public and press.