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In Rememberance...

Joyce and Jack Wiley founded a support group for LGBTQIA+ youth in 1990 for their gay son, which evolved into Quad Citians Affirming Diversity (QCAD). Joyce led QCAD until 2017, supporting hundreds of LGBTQIA+ individuals and advocating for civil rights protections. She passionately advocated at city council meetings and state capitals, accompanying same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses before it was legal. Her efforts contributed to the establishment of discrimination protections in Illinois and Iowa, with local ordinances passed in Davenport (2000), Moline (2002), and Bettendorf (2004). These local victories culminated in statewide protections- Illinois extended protections in 2005, followed by Iowa in 2007. Joyce Wiley's heartfelt advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights is deeply appreciated, and her dedication is celebrated

History

Quad Citians Affirming Diversity is the longest standing queer organization in the Quad Cities region that provides resources, advocacy, and support to the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

Founded in 1990 by Joyce and Jack Wiley, QCAD initially focused on providing a supportive, safe environment for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Over time, we've expanded services to support people of all ages. What began as a safe space evolved into the leading organization focused on LGBTQIA+ issues and resources. We continue advocacy efforts to promote public awareness, safety, and support creating an inclusive community for all. An example of that work is our current and ongoing initiative: SafeConnect. Find out more here

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