Gay Affiliates of Iowa, Iowa’s first statewide gay rights advocacy organization, is founded in Iowa City. Its first meeting is held at the Iowa Memorial Union, with its long-term goal to secure, through legislation, equal rights for gays. In 1981 the group’s name is changed to the Lesbian and Gay Affiliates of Iowa.
Following closure of Grace & Rubies, the Women’s Coffeehouse is established by the Lesbian Alliance as a social and artistic venue. Its location is kept confidential and advertising is posted only at women-oriented spaces such as the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Plainswoman Bookstore. It operates until 1984.
A contingent from the University of Iowa Gay People’s Union joins the historic 1979 March for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C.