Events

Latino LGBT 101 Educational Session

Wednesday, May 25, 12-1:30 pm 
Polk County River Place, Room 3A
2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

One Iowa and the Iowa Office of Latino Affairs present this educational session for Latino LGBT people, service providers, school counselors, clergy, teachers, and family and friends of Latino LGBT people. Topics to be discussed include basic terminology and definitions, discrimination, dos and don’ts, and an overview of the “coming out” process.

To register or get more information, please contact Sonia Reyes-Snyder (sonia.reyes-snyder@iowa.gov or 515.281.4080) or Sandra Zapata (sandra@oneiowa.org or 515.288.4019 x212)

Mothers and Sons (One Iowa Exclusive Preview)

Wednesday, June 8, doors open at 7 pm, show begins at 7:30 pm
Kum and Go Theater
901 Cherry St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join One Iowa for a special pre-premiere viewing of Terrance McNally’s Tony-nominated Mothers and Sons. One Iowa has partnered with StageWest Theatre Company to bring you a discounted rehearsal night showing of this play a full 2 nights before its official Iowa premiere. Take advantage of our early bird special and enjoy even more savings!

Tickets are $15 individually and $125 for ten. To purchase tickets, click here.

At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

Awards:
2014 Tony Award nomination for Best Play
2014 Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Production Of A Broadway Or Off-Broadway Play

Speaker Training

Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm
One Iowa Office
3839 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

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!

Monthly Meeting for Parents of Gender-Creative Kids

Wednesday, June 15, 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.


 

Mothers and Sons

Wednesday, June 10-19
StageWest Theater
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309

At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

General tickets may be purchased through StageWest, but check out information above to get exclusive tickets to a preview of this Tony Award nominated play through One Iowa on June 8!

Paula Poundstone at Englert Civic Theatre

Friday, June 10, 8 pm
Englert Civic Theatre
221 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator who is a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s (NPR) weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”.

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 may be purchased through the Civic Center Box Office here.

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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