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LGBTQ representation in history and literature

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

This pride month, revisit Charity Nebbe’s conversation awith historians about preserving narratives from LGBTQ+ Iowans. Later in the hour, a Des Moines librarian shares some of her favorite LGBTQ+ reads.

Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone gets a chance to share their story.

Books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are written by LGBTQ+ authors have been some of the most frequently challenged books in Iowa in recent years. Rebecca Cloud of the Des Moines Public Library joins Talk of Iowa to share some of her favorite LGBTQ+ reads

But first: we’ll revisit a 2021 conversation about two archive projects that were designed to give LGBTQ+ Iowans an opportunity to be part of an oral history collection.

Rebecca's recommendations


  • Aiden Bettine, director of the LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library in Iowa City and creator of the Transgender Oral History Project of Iowa
  • AJ Lewis, assistant professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies at Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Cloud, librarian at the Des Moines Public Library
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Natalie Dunlap is a rising junior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and minoring in gender, women's & sexuality studies. She is from Iowa City and in her free time enjoys getting coffee and reading downtown with friends.