The capital of - and largest city in - the state of Iowa, Des Moines has taken on a much higher profile in the ongoing battle for gay rights, since the state surprised many observes by legalizing gay marriage in 2009. Des Moines is a moderate city politically, but there is a sizable and quite visible gay community here. The city celebrates Capital City Gay Pride each year over three days in early to mid-June - the dates this year had not yet been officially confirmed but are expected to be June 8 to 10, 2013 (based on last year's event).
More on Des Moines Pride 2013 will be added here when details are finalized. Here's a look at last year's Pride:
Des Moines' Capital City Gay Pride comprises a Street Party at 5 pm on Saturday, headlined by Mark Ortega and Beverly McClellan; a Pancake Breakfast, Pride Parade, and PrideFest (with an appearance by Zach Wahls) throughout Sunday; and a Gay Day at the city's Adventureland amusement park on Monday. There's also a Pride Scavenger Hunt on Friday of Pride Weekend, and a variety of performers, musicians, and comics appear during PrideFest.
Additionally, numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check Accessline, Iowa's LGBT newspaper, for more on the Des Moines gay scene. Also take a look at the helpful visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.