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The presidential race officially kicks off Monday, January 15 in Iowa as Republicans in the state officially pick their nominee. Registered Republican voters will gather in each precinct at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) to hear speakers and vote.
Iowa Democrats will still meet in-person on January 15 but the party has changed its voting process. According to the Democratic Party of Iowa, registered Democrats will then cast their preference by mail. “Iowa Democrats will be able to request a presidential preference card through the mail or online” through February 19.
In advance of the caucuses, GLAAD published a “Factsheet for Reporters: Accurate, Inclusive Campaign Coverage of LGBTQ People” on January 10.
“Campaign coverage should inform voters about the candidates and the LGBTQ issues they are campaigning on.”
The online guide includes important context around LGBTQ Iowans and Best Practices for Reporters.
Why it matters
The folks from GLAAD clearly state the importance of this year’s election in regards to LGBTQ+ people. “The safety of LGBTQ Americans and their ability to live free from discrimination are at stake,” states the report. LGBTQ+ issues will be front and center in this year’s election. In 2023, the ACLU tracked 510 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the U.S. and restrictions on gender-affirming care for youth were the most common among the 75 that became law.
According to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), 3.6% of adult Iowans are LGBTQ, with 27% of them raising children. Iowa’s new “Don’t Say LGBTQ” law has resulted in the removal of 450 books from schools and libraries.
In addition to a primer on LGBTQ+ Iowans, the report includes best practices for reporters and the following additional resources. To access the full Factsheet, click here.
Additional resources (from GLAAD):
GALLUP: record high 71% support for marriage equality. Iowa’s extremist lawmakers proposed a ban on marriage equality in 2023. In 2009, Iowa became the third state and first outside the northeast to legalize same-sex marriage.
GLAAD: 84% support equal rights for LGBTQ people
GLAAD Media Reference Guide: terminology and 20+ topic areas to learn about and accurately report on LGBTQ people
Medical Association Statements Transgender Health Care: 30+ statements from every major medical association and world health authority, across specialties and patient lifespan, supporting health care for transgender people. Health care for transgender people is mainstream care with widely held consensus of both the medical and scientific communities.
Factsheet for Reporters Covering Transgender Health Care: what to know about transgender health care and how to responsibly include trans voices in your coverage.