Des Moines Black Lives Matter protests for LGBTQ community

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Published 6:57 p.m. CT June 30, 2020 | Updated 7:12 p.m. CT June 30, 2020

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Black Lives Matter protesters attempted to march through downtown Des Moines streets but police prevented their passage.

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A Black Pride event Tuesday night to raise awareness of LBGTQ people in the Black Lives Matter movement began in Des Moines’ East Village, progressing from the closed Blazing Saddle to The Garden.

The crowd of more than 100 was relatively small, underscoring to some protestors more work that needs to be done to make the movement more inclusive.

Tyler Kurth, a 27-year-old from Des Moines, said she and others are working to include more people of color in LBGTQ events like this month’s PRIDE, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jen Carruthers, president of the Des Moines Pride board, said the BLM movement expedited those efforts.

“BLM made us get more woke,” she said.

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Protesters dance the “Cupid Shuffle” outside The Garden bar in Des Moines’ East Village on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

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BLM leader Matthew Bruce said the event was expected to be more of a party — with music, line dancing and speakers —  than others, ending around 10 p.m. Protesters danced the “Cupid Shuffle” outside The Garden, a bar in Des Moines’ East Village. But just before 7, a generator failed, leaving the crowd without music. 

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