- How old am I:
- I'm 29 years old
- What is my nationaly:
- Eye tone:
- Bright gray-green eyes
- Color of my hair:
- What is my body features:
- My body type is skinny
- Favourite drink:
- In my spare time I love:
- In my spare time I love doing puzzles
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Seven Iowa cities are more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people than the national average, according to a recent analysis by the Human Rights Campaign.
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The organization rated cities across the country and nine cities in Iowa for its annual municipal equality index. Waterloo and Sioux City earned the lowest ratings in the state, with 59 and 57 points respectively.
Iowa City earned a perfect score for the sixth year in a row and HRC staffers traveled to the city to recognize its work, highlighting steps like hiring an LGBTQ liaison for its police force and passing a local anti-bullying ordinance. The Trump administration has taken steps to rollback discrimination protections for transgender Americans, and has effectively banned transgender people from ing the U.
At a time when a patchwork of state and national protections for LGBTQ people are inconsistent, advocates says local policies are increasingly important.
Bruce Teague is an openly-gay Iowa City council member. He says local policies in place in Iowa City helped make his career possible. But he says he chooses to stay and invest in Iowa City, starting businesses and engaging in public service, because he felt welcomed here.
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The average rating of Iowa cities is 86 points, well above the national average of Kate Payne. Kate Payne is an Iowa City-based Reporter.
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