One Iowa is a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.

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Featured Event

Iowa POSE Night

Thursday, September 27, 6:30-11 p.m.
Decades Event Center
1208 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265

During the mid-1980s when Pose is set, balls were a safe space for LGBTQ people, especially Black and Latinx LGBTQ people, to safely and freely express themselves. Iowa Pose Night aims to channel this spirit of expression, educate Iowans about the historical significance of ball culture, and generate funds to support LGBTQ Iowans. 

The theme of the evening is ‘Iridescence,’ and competition categories include Face, Runway, Creative Wear, Voguing, Supreme Mother, and Overall House.

Contestants can compete individually or in houses, with a single member representing each house in different categories. Judges, with audience input, will decide which individuals and houses will take home the titles, trophies, and cash prizes. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to join the judges panel and cast their vote for the biggest award of the night: Overall House. 

House mothers will create custom Svedka cocktails, which will be available for purchase throughout the night. Proceeds from cocktail sales will benefit One Iowa, and ⅓ of their Supreme Mother category score will be determined through number of sales. 

Event schedule:
History of Ball Culture presentation by Alexandra St. James: 6:30-7 p.m.
Cocktail Hour: 7-8 p.m.
Competition: 8-TBD

Ticket price: $10 with proceeds benefiting One Iowa. This is an 18+ event.

Click here to get your tickets.

Tickets include one free drink ticket for a custom cocktail.

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