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Event Details


PLEASE NOTE: Every forum attendee must register prior to the forum. This includes first and last name. Those that are reserving multiple tickets must include a first and last name for every attendee. Individual names not provided will be denied access into the forum.

One Iowa, The Gazette, The Advocate and GLAAD will host the LGBTQ Presidential Candidate Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 20, 2019.

The forum will be held at Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and livestreamed through GLAAD's partnership across social and digital channels to a national and international audience. Pre-registration for every on site individual is required to attend the forum. We will need first and last name plus email address for all individuals in attendance.

Confirmed participating canddiates include: Former Vice President Joe Biden,United States Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, United States Representative Tulsi Gabbard, United States Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Pennsylvania representative Joe Sestak, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren, and author Marianne Williamson.

All presidential candidates will lay out their own vision on how they will protect and improve LGBTQ acceptance-including in the heartland and across rural America. Candidates will have designated time to address the audience, followed by a one on one moderated q&a led by Lyz Lenz (The Gazette Columnist), Zach Stafford (The Advocate editor-in-chief), and Keenan Crow (One Iowa director of policy and advocacy). 

Doors will open at 6:15PM, with the program to run 7PM-9PM. All registered forum attendees will receive email updates regarding any security requirements for entry to the auditorium. Attendees are not permitted to bring any bags larger than a handheld clutch (4.5” x 6.5”) in to the venue. Guests are subject to search.

Parking will be available on the top 2 floors of the St. Luke's parking ramp. This is approxmiately a 2-block walk to get to the venue and the path will be marked. There will also be a shuttle operating from the 1st Avenue parkade in downtown Cedar Rapids, courtesy of NTS. Shuttles will begin at 5:30pm and run every 20 minutes until 6:50pm. A return shuttle will run from 8:50pm-9:50pm every 20 minutes.

Several leading elected officials from Eastern Iowa are serving as honorary co-chairs for the LGBTQ Presidential Forum:

·        Congressman Dave Loebsack

·        Iowa Senator Zach Wahls

·        Iowa Senator Rob Hogg

·        Iowa Representative Liz Bennett

·        Linn County Democratic Party Chair Bret Niles

·        Hiawatha City Councilwoman Aime Wichtendahl


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org

One Iowa advances, empowers, and improves the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide. Find out more at www.oneiowa.org.

The Gazette is Eastern Iowa’s independent, employee-owned daily newspaper and media company. Founded in 1883, the company continues to be innovative in program, product and service while maintaining its commitment to provide the latest in local, state and national news. Find out more at www.thegazette.com.

The Advocate continues to be the world’s leading source of LGBTQ+ news, culture and entertainment, since it was first published over half a century ago in 1967. Through its award-winning journalism, compelling photography, and impactful video, The Advocate continues to capture the most important political and culturally relevant news and conversations taking place today, that affect the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Find out more at www.advocate.com.

Venue Information

1220 1st Avenue Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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Organizer Information

The Gazette

500 3rd Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
(319) 398-8333

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Quinn Pettifer
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