Events

One Iowa NORTH – May Meeting

Monday, May 9, 7 pm (Facebook Event)
First Presbyterian Church
100 S Pierce Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

May’s meeting will feature Lakotah Oelkers, a sophomore at Mason City High School and Executive Director of the Get Power Council, who will speak on the importance of engaging LGBT youth and protecting them in our community.

Lakotah has been an agent of change since 2012. At his young age he has been able to influence and make change in Mason City and northern Iowa.

Safe Zone Designation Training

Saturday, May 14, 10 am – 3 pm
One Iowa offices in Des Moines
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Monthly Meeting for Parents of Gender-Creative Kids

Wednesday, May 18, 6 pm
Children’s Library at Plymouth Church
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

Do you have a child or pre-teen who is gender creative, gender independent, or gender non-conforming? Gender creative children may be those who do not conform to gender roles. If so, are you interested in meeting with other parents and caregivers? Are you looking for support, connection, information and resources?

If you are a parent or caregiver who wants to support your child in their gender nonconformity and would like to meet with other parents who may be experiencing the same challenges and joys, you should know that One Iowa is facilitating meetings, together with Plymouth Church and the Willits GLBT Committee, for parents of gender creative children of any age up to and including pre-teen (under 13).

This meeting is an adults-only meeting for parents and caregivers of gender-creative children, however childcare will be available.


 

Clinical Training Opportunity: Affirmative LGBTQ Counseling

March 11 – May 16, 8:15 – 9:45 am
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322

This course is for clinicians who seek to more effectively counsel child, adolescent and adult clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ). Participants of this eight-week course will gain a better understanding of the research and evolving conceptualizations of gender identity and sexual orientation to better ground their work, increase their awareness and understanding of the key factors for effective assessment and treatment planning with this population, and learn how to create a more welcoming and safe therapeutic environment for this client population.

Registration is $200 and participants will earn 12 CEUs. More information about this course can be found here.

Addressing Gender and Sexuality Issues with Individuals and Couples in Psychotherapy

Friday, April 29, 8 am – 5 pm
John & Mary Pappajohn Education Center, Room 201
1200 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Presented by the University of Iowa School of Social Work, this all-day training will address gender and sexuality issues and how they affect clinical work with the individuals and couples social workers see.

Participants will receive credit for 8 contact hours toward Iowa social work licensure and a certificate of attendance. University of Iowa School of Social Work students, student mentors, faculty, adjuncts and practicum/fieldwork supervisors may attend for $15. All others pay $75.

For more information, call 319-335-3750 or email jefri-palermo@uiowa.edu

LGBT Brunch at the Drake Relays

Saturday, April 30, 9-11 am
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center – Drake University
2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Join fellow LGBTQ alumni and students for brunch and discussion on future programming to support our Drake community here and around the globe.  Hear about the current Drake experience and learn how you can get involved. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online here.

A Gay Traveler’s Journey Through Alternate Realities

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 pm
Stoner Studio Theater
221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309

This one-man play by Douglas Dickinson portrays the true story of his struggle attempting to change his sexual orientation through therapy because being gay conflicted with his religious beliefs. Nothing changed except that he came to love and accept himself as a gay man.

Tickets are $10 and will go on sale March 8 through the Civic Center Box Office and Ticketmaster.

LGBTQ Prairie Adventure

Sponsored by Broad View Seed

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2-7 pm
Broad View Garden
3602 150th St, Brooklyn, IA (directions)

Rustic, no bathroom structure, paths for hiking, fishing poles available, no fees charged, trash cans on site; feel free to harvest ripened flower seed, take photos, and stroll to your heart’s desire.


Ongoing Events

One Iowa NORTH Monthly Meetings

2nd Monday of every month, 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 100 S Pierce Ave, Mason City, IA
A person coming to one of One Iowa NORTH’s monthly meetings will meet several LGBT people, and the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and friends of LGBT individuals. People from all walks of life, no matter who they are or where they live, will be welcomed with open arms and great hospitality. Each meeting also has a featured guest speaker. For more information, click here.

Meetings for Parents of Gender-Creative Kids

Children’s Library at Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

Do you have a child or pre-teen who is gender creative, gender independent, or gender non-conforming? Gender creative children may be those who do not conform to gender roles. If so, are you interested in meeting with other parents and caregivers? Are you looking for support, connection, information and resources?

If you are a parent or caregiver who wants to support your child in their gender nonconformity and would like to meet with other parents who may be experiencing the same challenges and joys, you should know that One Iowa is facilitating meetings, together with Plymouth Church and the Willits GLBT Committee, for parents of gender creative children of any age up to and including pre-teen (under 13).

This meeting is an adults-only meeting for parents and caregivers of gender-creative children, however childcare will be available.

One Iowa’s Monthly Speaker Trainings

3rd Wednesday of every month, 6 pm
One Iowa office
Have you ever wanted to learn how to speak effectively about LGBT issues in your community? Want to make sure you’re using the most up-to-date terminology surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity? Do you want to learn the skills that will help spread One Iowa’s message of equality for all? Come to our monthly speaker training!

eventsDes 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 Open to Public for FREE
Every Monday at 4:00 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm for seating
Iowa City Senior Center, 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA
Every week at the Iowa City Senior Center, there is a showing of a GLBTQ movie. The movies are open to anyone over 18 years of age and are held in Room 208. Membership at the Senior Center is not required. Discussion may follow the movie. For more information, email Larry at lgr943@yahoo.com.

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
Check for updates: www.pflagcr.com.
Email: pflaglcb@gmail.com

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 huber_susan@msn.com.

POCQAT
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 pocqat@gmail.com for more details.

Transformations Iowa meets 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 sophia.transformations@gmail.com or call 515-745-6766

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