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Iowa Gay Rights Group Criticizes Youth Event Investigation

Written by Agenda Florida

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The head of a gay rights organization in Iowa says a legislative oversight committee is unfairly targeting his group over programming at an annual anti-bullying youth conference.

Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, says members of the House Government Oversight Committee plan to sensationalize his group’s work at a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol.

Monson helps organize a conference on resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The conference last year had several workshops, including sessions on sexuality.

Monson received some complaints about the content, but he says he addressed them quickly. He defends the programming and says it helps provide a safe space for students.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, a Wilton Republican who chairs the oversight committee, defends the investigation and says some event programming was inappropriate.

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