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When bills have been debated about schools using legal names on documents and in the classrooms, various LGBTQ advocacy groups have been vocal opponents.

Damian Thompson, the lobbyist for GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Taskforce (Iowa Safe Schools), criticized a bill last year that requires use of legal names in schools.

However, the organization Thompson represents in fighting such common-sense laws has its own stringent requirements regarding legal names.

In order to attend GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Taskforce’s (Iowa Safe Schools) annual Governor’s Conference, all attendees must provide their full legal name. Why, you might ask — safety.

Failure to provide a legal name will result in denial of entry into the conference without a refund, according to the conference’s registration page.

This event — the Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth, has been extremely controversial in the past. You can read about it in the links below:

Iowa Safe Schools ‘Governor’s Conference’ has been plenty controversial in the past, Branstad rejected requests to change name

VULGARITY WARNING: Check out Annual Governor’s Conference presentation to Iowa students on sex, and what it compares holding hands to

A TIMELINE: Iowa Safe Schools is dangerous and wicked


  1. Could Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama be allowed to register and enter the conference using their fake names, or would they have to register as Barry Soetoro and Michael Robinson?


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