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 observers by becoming one of the earlier ones to legalize gay marriage. 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 are June 6 to June 8, 2014, a week before Iowa City Gay Pride.
More details about Des Moines Pride will be released as information becomes available - Here's a look back at last year's Pride celebration:
Des Moines' Capital City Gay Pride comprises a Pride Party starting at 5 pm on Saturday, headlined by Crystal Waters and Latrice Royale. Then on Sunday there's a Pride Brunch in the morning, a Pride Parade along Locust Avenue at 1 pm, and PrideFest (with performances by Latrice Royale, Detox, and several local acts) throughout Sunday.
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.