With Ames Pride just around the corner, it’s time to highlight some of the many Ames businesses and groups who celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community all year round.
What could be better than an LGBTQIA+ Happy Hour? For those seeking a laid-back, intimate environment for drinks with friends, the London Underground has you covered. Queers & Beers is held on the first Friday of each month, where folks can “mingle with other queer folks and enjoy a safe community space.” The London Underground, located on Main Street, is known around town for its relaxing ambiance and inclusive social climate.
With an expansive collection of LGBTQIA+ authors, including a selection for children, and diverse community events held multiple times a week, Dog-Eared Books is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment. The inviting bookstore-slash-study-space is woman-owned and aims to uplift the works of LGBTQIA+ authors, local authors and authors of color. Don’t forget to say hi to Lovie, the shop service dog!
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Ames Public Library
We always encourage supporting your local library, and the Ames Public Library is where you want to go for LGBTQIA-friendly events for the whole family! In the past, the Ames Public Library has hosted events such as Drag Storytime and all-ages drag shows. This year, Ames Public Library will be partnering with Ames Pride for Pridefest 2023. Coming Sep. 30, Pridefest will combine local entertainers, an outdoor vendor fair, and many educational opportunities for the Ames community.
Worldly Goods is a non-profit Fair Trade store that is operated by volunteers. It sells culturally-specific products from all around the world — and they’re managed and directed by a well-known leader in the Ames LGBTQIA+ community! Director and manager Mara Spooner is a former co-chair of Ames Pride and current co-producer of Maximum Ames Music Festival.