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June 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.  Des Moines Art Center

Join us for our June Speaker, art historian, writer, and curator, David J. Getsy.  Getsy’s projects have focused on queer and transgender tactics in artistic practice and in art historical methodologies. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History and the Interim Director of the Low-Residency MFA Program.


May 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Des Moines Art Center

Join us as we welcome Dr. Rich McCarty as our May speaker! McCarty holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. A published author through the State University of New York (SUNY) Press, McCarty’s first book, Sexual Virtue: An Approach to Contemporary Christian Ethicsexplores new ways for thinking about virtue ethics, natural law, scripture, and church tradition, inclusive of LGBTQ people. His second book with SUNY Press is forthcoming and explores how ideas about the afterlife (or eschatology) might reshape how Christian communities talk about sexual ethics in transformative ways. Dr. McCarty works with a variety of faith communities on the local and regional level, and is part of the national Open and Affirming (LGBTQ welcoming) network of the United Church of Christ.


April 18, 2019, 6:30 Des Moines Art Center

Sponsored by Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines 

Ryan O’Callaghan played right tackle in the NFL for six seasons, with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan came out as gay after his football career and founded The Ryan O’Callaghan Foundation, soon to be called LacesOUT. His foundation is designed to pro-vide scholarships and support for out LGBTQ athletes. He currently lives in his hometown of Redding, Calif.


March 21, 2019, 6:30 Des Moines Art Center

Join us as Rebecca Waggoner, Executive Director at Quorum Twin Cities LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce, shares her story as a leading figure in social, political, and economic change for LGBTQ individuals and organizations.


February 7, 2019,  6:30 Des Moines Art Center

As the first Iowa woman to climb Mount Everest, Jen Loeb has developed success around her passion, mountain-climbing. Jen is a graduate of Wartburg College where she graduated with a degree in biology. As a self-trained, self-taught climber, Jen started her passion of mountain climbing in 2010 and has since climbed six of the world’s seven tallest summits. She currently lives in Marengo, Iowa and works in Cedar Rapids. Jen has been featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Des Moines Register, KWWL, KCRG, and NPR. When she’s not climbing or working, she does a lot of volunteer work



January 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Des Moines Art Center

Capital City Pride is proud to kick off its monthly 2019 Speaker Series with Chris and David Friest. 

Chris & David met in September 2014 and by May 2015 had started growing a family through foster care. Finally, in July 2017 they adopted the four foster placements and Chris finalized his adoption of Parker who David had adopted at birth in 2014. With five kids seven and under life is ever changing and full of excitement.

The CCP Speaker Series is free to the public, but space is limited so reserve your seat