The Human Rights Campaign awarded a number of Iowa cities high scores in its annual index, with Iowa City receiving a perfect score of 100.
Materials relating to gay and lesbian rights include newsletters, brochures and committee reports dating from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Materials concerning lesbian rights include two lesbian mother–child custody cases, the lesbian rights task force, and a Johnson County NOW 1985 lesbian rights committee report.
Iowa may sound like a very conservative place to live for those who've never spent much time in the state, but it's actually among one of the most welcoming.
The state wide legislation on things like marriage equality, nondiscrimination in employment, and other measures to ensure that all people are treated equally helps bolster the treatment for all across the state.
Des Moines also scored well above average (85) in the annual index by the Human Rights Campaign.
For people in Des Moines, it's not very shocking to find out that they rank as very inclusive.
There are also laws in specific cities across Iowa which make these areas even more attractive to LGBT families.
Cities in Iowa are certainly less urban and populated than places like New York or San Francisco, but that doesn't make them any less inclusive.
The truth is that there are many areas of Iowa, both larger cities and smaller towns, which have a great and vibrant LGBT community. We tried to include a little bit of everything, for those who like much more rural, small town and those who like larger cities with a nightlife.
Iowa City has a population of 73,415 and it was named the second best small metropolis for doing business by Forbes in 2008.
One of the great benefits in Sioux City is the fantastic school district and their efforts to educate and combat bullying and discrimination starting from day one.