Our Mission

One Iowa advances, empowers, and improves the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.

Our work includes:

  • Educating Iowans about the LGBTQ community
  • Training healthcare providers, law enforcement, business leaders, and others to ensure LGBTQ Iowans are respected in every facet and stage of their lives
  • Promoting policies within state and local government that protect the civil rights, health, and safety of LGBTQ Iowans
  • Empowering tomorrow’s LGBTQ leaders through training and mentorship
  • Connecting LGBTQ Iowans with vital resources
  • And much more!

Our Vision

One Iowa seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans by protecting and advancing equality and inclusiveness through education, improving workplace culture, and increasing access to quality healthcare across our state.

Three words that best describe what we do – One Iowa:

  • Educates
  • Advocates
  • Collaborates
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One Iowa was founded in 2005 to advocate for LGBTQ Iowans’ right to marry. The original goal of the organization was realized on April 3, 2009 when the Iowa Supreme Court made the unanimous decision in Varnum v. Brien to make marriage equality a reality in Iowa.

The organization then changed course and dedicated itself to defending the right to marry from powerful opponents. In 2012, it became clear that marriage equality in Iowa no longer needed the vigorous defense it once did.

Our focus then shifted to a comprehensive approach to ensure LGBTQ Iowans’ rights and dignity are respected in every facet and stage of their lives, an approach we continue today. One Iowa’s current mission is to advance, empower, and improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.