Opportunities to Get Involved
This is my second blog post as Executive Director of One Iowa. I hope you’ve had a chance to learn more about my background, experiences, and why I am so passionate about serving Iowa’s LGBTQ community. You can review my history here.
In this blog post, I will lay out a few details of my 100-day plan, provide opportunities for you to engage with our 8th Annual Gala, reflect on our LGBTQ Day on the Hill, and let you know other ways you can get involved with One Iowa.
When I came on-board, I decided to create a 100-day plan in order to listen and learn as much as I could before making recommendations on where to take One Iowa in the future. I want to meet with LGBTQ community members, organizations, businesses, coalitions, and leaders in order to hear what needs and gaps are out there. Once those 100 days are completed, I will provide a plan for how One Iowa can help address these needs and gaps in collaboration and partnership with a variety of organizations in alignment with our values, mission, and priorities.
We are approaching our 8th Annual Gala Celebration on Friday, April 7 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The Gala is not only a time for us to celebrate the progress we have made in Iowa for LGBTQ Iowans, but also an opportunity for you to engage in our work preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ Iowans. There are a variety of ways you can get involved with the Gala: sponsorship opportunities, advertisements in our program, joining the planning committee, gathering silent auction items, and the opportunity to become a table captain. A table captain will spread the word and recruit others to fill a table for ten at the Gala and receive recognition at the event and in the program.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, reach out to me at [email protected] or 515.288.4019 ext. 208. Your support will help continue Iowa’s legacy of equality.
On Thursday, Jan. 12, we held our LGBTQ Day on the Hill. More than 150 supporters raised their voices with us to advocate for equality for LGBTQ Iowans. We heard from Rep. Liz Bennett, Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines, Transformations Iowa President Sophia Stone, and Simpson student activist Cecilia Martinez at our rally. Thank you to all who attended.
You can still take action in showing your support for SF73 (a bill that would add transgender protections to Iowa’s hate crimes law) and SF74 (a bill that would ban conversion therapy for minors) by contacting your legislators!
We have a great opportunity coming up for individuals to attend our next Safe Zone training on Saturday, January 28 at Grand View University. Safe Zone training is a five-hour intensive, interactive workshop that prepares individuals to create and signify safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals in their workplaces, schools, and communities. All those who complete the training will receive our Safe Zone designation and support from One Iowa staff for 24 months following the training.
Thank you for everything you do to support One Iowa. I look forward to working with you to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ Iowans.