Nominations Open for LGBTQ Awards

Over the years, Iowa’s LGBTQ community has had a strong and welcome influence on our state. Representing a wide range of vocations and avocations, these Iowans have led with creativity, vigor and compassion, solving problems and helping build a state that we all can be proud to call home.

In tribute to such inspiring contributions, dsm magazine is partnering with the advocacy group One Iowa to launch our LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards. We also will recognize an ally of the LGBTQ community, someone whose contributions to equality and justice have helped ensure that gender and sexual orientation will not be stigmatized or marginalized in the culture of Iowa.

Six honorees will be recognized at a special event in October. Event details will be announced this summer.

We’d like your help in choosing those to be honored. Nominees for five LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards should meet several criteria:

   • Demonstrate leadership in their communities.
   • Serve as role models and mentors to others.
   • Contribute to the appreciation and recognition of cultural diversity in Iowa.


Additionally, one nominee from outside the LGBTQ community will be honored with an Ally Award, for unwavering commitment to civil rights and equality for all, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

For instructions on how to nominate an individual, click here. Nominations are due May 24.

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