One Iowa North – February Meeting

Monday, February 8 (Facebook event)
First Presbyterian Church of Mason City
100 S Pierce Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

February’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.

Iowa Pride Network Student Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 17, 8 am – 12 pm (optional Capitol tour from 12-1 pm)
Henry A. Wallace Building Auditorium
502 E 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50319

Iowa Pride Network, a program of One Iowa, presents an opportunity for middle school, high school, and college students to learn about the legislative process and the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of speaking to legislators. After learning the necessary skills, students will have the opportunity to meet with their state legislators and utilize what they’ve learned.

The registration deadline for Student Day at the Capitol is Monday, February 10. To learn more about and register for this event, click here.

4th Annual LGBT Health & Wellness Conference

Saturday, March 5, 9 am – 5 pm
Des Moines University, Academic Center Lecture Halls
3200 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

The LGBT Health & Wellness program coalition presents this conference to educate healthcare professionals and clinics in cultural competency for LGBT people. In addition, the conference helps members of the LGBT community learn and utilize methods to assist clinics and health professionals in becoming culturally competent to LGBT individuals. The conference offers a variety of networking opportunities for attendees and increases resource availability throughout the state.

This event is $25 for health professionals and the general public. It is free for Des Moines University students. To register, click here.

One Iowa’s 7th Annual Gala

Friday, April 1
Iowa Events Center
730 Third Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join One Iowa as we celebrate the progress we’ve made toward full equality with great food, live music, and fantastic speakers!

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

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

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 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

eventsPFLAG 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:

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.

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 or call 515-745-6766

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