ALTOONA, Iowa — A coalition of conservative Christian pastors, lawmakers and their supporters called on Gov. Terry Branstad to remove his office’s name from a LGBTQ anti-bullying conference for the second year in a row.
LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning. The conference next Wednesday in Altoona is called “8th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth” and put on by Iowa Safe School. It includes a series of workshops with titles such as “Who, What, Where, and Why of Bullying,” “Know Your Student Rights” and “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Right Wing.”
Chuck Hurley, vice president of the socially conservative Family Leader, said at a news conference Thursday that the workshops amounted to “evil propaganda.”
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said there are no plans for the governor to ask that his office name come off.
“It is our understanding that this is a private conference, started by and named after (former) Governor (Tom) Vilsack. Governor Branstad has not asked that the word ‘governor’ be removed from the title,” Albrecht said.
— Mike Wiser of the Capital Bureau
 

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