Capital City Pride Meet the Candidates Forum

– video Buttigieg  |  Other Candidates

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at People's Plaza at the Capitol in Des Moines, IA.
8 CANDIDATES: Buttigieg, Delaney, Gillibrand, Inslee, O'Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Williamson.

Background: Many candidates were in Iowa for the IDP's Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids.  Mayor Buttigieg had a special speaking slot before the forum.  Candidates participating in the forum had 12 minutes to speak.

Capital City Pride
June 3, 2019
Jason Van Wyk

Eight Presidential Candidates to Speak at Des Moines Pride Fest

Des Moines – As the 2020 election quickly approaches, Capital City Pride (CCP) will hold its Meet the Candidates Forum on June 8th. This event will feature eight presidential candidates as part of CCP’s 2019 Pride Fest Celebration.

"With the 2020 election on the horizon, we want our community to be well informed on the issues and policies that are most important to them," said Dan Jansen, President, Capital City Pride. "Iowa has always been on the forefront of the political landscape, and we are excited to offer this chance for an up close and personal glimpse at those who hope to hold the future of our country in their grasp."

Held at People’s Plaza at the Capitol at 1:30 p.m., each candidate will have 10 minutes to speak to members of the LGBTQ community, allies, and Des Moines community.  The presidential candidates include:

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke

Former Congressman John K Delaney

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Marianne Williamson


Governor Jay Inslee

Senator Bernie Sanders

Congressman Tim Ryan

Additionally, this event will feature Troy Price, Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. 


For a full list of Capital City Pride’s 2019 Pride Fest events and activities, visit:


June 5, 2019
Jason Van Wyk

Pete Buttigieg to Speak at 2019 Pride Fest

Des Moines – On June 8th, Capital City Pride (CCP) will host its 10-Years of Love Reception in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage with Varnum v. Brien.  The event will kick off at noon at the People’s Plaza at the Capitol.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the anniversary of this momentous decision by the state of Iowa to embrace and support the LGBTQ+ community in their path to reach equality," said Dan Jansen, President, Capital City Pride. "Ten years ago, our state publicly proved that love is love, and we can't think of a better representative of this continued progress than by welcoming presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg to share his experiences with us at this year's Pride Fest."

On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision made Iowa the third state in the nation to establish marriage equality.  This ruling continued Iowa’s reputation for equality and put Iowa on the stage for LGBTQ+ people.

“One Iowa was founded as a marriage equality organization in 2005, and Varnum v. Brien was an incredible victory not only for our organization, but LGBTQ people throughout the state,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Milestones like this remind us that change is possible and worth pursuing. They also provide an opportunity to reflect on our community’s past, reminding us whose shoulders we stand on as we continue fighting for broad LGBTQ equality.”

Presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg will speak at the event about the importance of equality not only in his personal life, but also in the political spectrum.  As the first openly gay presidential candidate, Pete will share what Iowa and the impact acceptance and inclusion has had on his journey thus far. Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel will also share his story about his time at One Iowa and the work they do every single day to ensure continued progress towards equality.


For a full listing of all of the events happening during 2019 Pride Fest, visit:

About Capital City Pride:
Since 1978, Capital City Pride has brought together the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community their friends, allies, and supporters. The organization holds events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate the diverse community and culture with and for the greater Des Moines Metro.


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