Building an Inclusive Community: Scripture, Science & Story”
Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Blue Mountain Emporium, 814 Lincoln Place, Orange City, IA
A day-long symposium featuring nationally recognized speakers on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in faith-based communities will be held on Saturday, November 1st at the Blue Mountain Emporium in Orange City. “Building an Inclusive Community: Scripture, Science & Story” is sponsored by Room for All, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to welcome and affirm LGBT people in the Reformed Church in America. Speakers include Matthew Vines and Dr. David Myers. Vines, a 24- year-old gay Christian, gained national attention in 2013 with an internet video exploration of the Bible and homosexuality. His research on the subject led to the 2014 publication of “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.” Myers, Professor of Psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, is a social psychologist, widely published textbook author and communicator of social science research. In 2005 he co-authored “What God Has Joined Together,” an effort to bridge the divide between people of faith who disagree about same-sex marriage. The one-day symposium will also include stories by LGBT Christians and a training module in strategic storytelling. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register by emailing For more information about Room for All, click here.

Des Moines Diversity Chorus Welcomes New Singers
Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA
If you enjoy singing choral music, the Des Moines Diversity Chorus would love to have you join us – no audition is necessary. They rehearse on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 at Westminster Presbyterian Church on the corner of Beaver and Franklin. For more information, click here.

First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC)
1st Friday of every month, 7:00 am
Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA
FFBC is an educational group for gay, bisexual and transgender men. FFBC gathers on the first Friday of ever month in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. FFBC provides a safe and supportive environment for all members and guests. Click here for more info.

GLBTQ Movie Night
Every Sunday at 1:00 pm and every Monday at 6:30 pm
Iowa City Senior Center, 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA
Every week at the Iowa City Senior Center, there will be two showings of a GLBTQ movie. The movies are open to anyone over 18 years of age and are held in Room 208. Often discussion does follow the movies. For more information, email Larry at

PFLAG in Ames
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Youth and Shelter Services building, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames IA

PFLAG in Cedar Rapids
Every 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm
Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
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PFLAG in Des Moines
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1800 Bell Ave, in Des Moines.
For more information, please contact Sue at

1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Monsoon Community Resource Center, 4950 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA
POCQAT (a local queer people of color gathering group) meets bi-weekly in Des Moines, Iowa that provides a safe space for LGBTQA* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender *, Queer, and Ally) people of color through community organizing, socializing, and engaging in dialogue about issues of queer people of color. If interested, please contact for more details.

Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm and every second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm
Wednesdays: Community Room of the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA
Saturdays: Urbandale United Church of Christ, 3530 70th St, Urbandale, IA
Transformations Iowa is a transgender support group that meets weekly.
For more information, please contact Sophia Stone at or call 515.288.4019 ext 200.

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