One Iowa Events

Join One Iowa at your Local Pride Festival

We are looking for volunteers to represent us at our vendor booths throughout the state. We are also seeking volunteers to march with us in the Capital City Pride parade. Click here to sign up.

Don’t see your local Pride festival? Stay tuned for more opportunities later this year.

Mason City Safe Zone Training

Tuesday, September 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
100 S Pierce Ave, Mason City, IA 50401

Safe Zone training is a six-hour intensive, interactive workshop. Training staff will be available to answer participants’ questions as they arise in the 24 months following the program. Participants will receive One Iowa’s Safe Zone designation upon completion. Space in training sessions is limited. 

This training is $50 per individual and includes lunch. A few training spots are available via scholarship through grant funds. Please email [email protected] if you need financial assistance. Click here to register for this training.

One Iowa’s 1st Annual LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit – Central Iowa

Tuesday, October 10, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Principal
711 High St, Des Moines, IA 50392

This brand new event will provide resources for employers and LGBTQ employees to help create safe and inclusive workplaces. Employers will learn about ways to improve their policies and retain LGBTQ talent, while LGBTQ employees will learn about their rights and strategies for creating LGBTQ employee resource groups. 

Click here to register for the Central Iowa summit.

One Iowa’s 1st Annual LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit – Eastern Iowa

Thursday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA 52241

This brand new event will provide resources for employers and LGBTQ employees to help create safe and inclusive workplaces. Employers will learn about ways to improve their policies and retain LGBTQ talent, while LGBTQ employees will learn about their rights and strategies for creating LGBTQ employee resource groups. 

Click here to register for the Eastern Iowa summit.

Special Events

Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus Welcome Back BBQ
Sunday, September 10, 4-8 p.mm.
940 Iltis Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322
 
Do you enjoy singing? Do you miss singing in a choral group? If so, find out more about joining the chorus at the upcoming “Welcome Back BBQ” for new, returning and current members.
 
September 22-23
LeClaire Park; 400 West Beiderbecke Dr, Davenport, IA 52802
 
Saturday, October 14, 12-6 p.m.
Bandshell Park; Duff Ave & 6th St, Ames, IA 50010
 

Recurring Events

One Iowa NORTH Monthly Meetings
2nd Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m.
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.
 
LGBTQ Grief Group
3rd Monday of every month, 6:00 p.m.
Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266 (across from Olive Garden)
 
Grieving the death of a loved one is difficult, and there are many factors in each death and loss we experience. It shouldn’t be more difficult because you can’t bring your whole self to the grieving process or mourn openly in a safe place.
 
The LGBTQ Grief Group with Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss & One Iowa provides a safe space for adults in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community to grieve the death of a loved one. This free support group is also open to surviving friends and family of LGBTQ individuals. The group’s facilitators have completed One Iowa’s intensive training program and are Safe Zone Designated.
 
For additional information or resources please contact Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss at [email protected]/515-697-3666 or One Iowa at [email protected]/515-288-4019.
  
Alphabet Soup: LGBTQ+ Adult Support Group in Dubuque
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001

A safe, supportive and inclusive space for adults to share and connect.

Meetings are designed with a one hour sharing segment, a brief break, and a one hour positive feedback segment. Please attend both segments. Meetings are confidential and designed for LGBTQ+ adults (18+).

In partnership with HILLCREST Family Services and Multicultural Family Center.

Des Moines Diversity Chorus Welcomes New Singers
Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
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.
 
Des Moines Vet Center LGBTQ Support Group
2nd Monday of every month
The Des Moines Vet Center
1821 22nd Street #115
West Des Moines, Iowa  50266
 
Discussion topics include anger management, relationship issues, communication skills, readjustment issues, coping skills, and stress/anxiety relief. Contact (515) 284-4929 for more information.
 
First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC)
1st Friday of every month, 7:00 a.m.
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 p.m., doors open at 3:30 p.m. 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[email protected].
 
PFLAG in Ames
Every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Youth and Shelter Services building, 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames IA
 
PFLAG in Cedar Rapids
Every 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
Check for updates:www.pflagcr.com. Email: [email protected]
 
PFLAG in Des Moines
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA
 For more information, please contact Sue at [email protected].
 
POCQAT
1st Sunday of the month from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monsoon Community Resource Center, 4952 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA
 
POCQAT (a local queer people of color gathering group) meets monthly in Des Moines, Iowa that provides a safe space for LGBTQA* (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender *, Queer, and Asexual) people of color through community organizing, socializing, and engaging in dialogue about issues of queer people of color. If interested, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for
more details. For updates, like POCQAT’s Facebook page.
 
Queer Women’s Support Group
1st and 3rd Sundays of the month; 1-3 p.m.
Des Moines Pride Center
1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA 50314
 
A twice-monthly sharing circle for queer women to laugh, cry, and form community together. Organizers are committed to creating safe, non-judgmental, confidential queer space for ALL who identify as a queer woman. Moderated by Guinnivere Bohnsack, LMFT.
 
Transformations Iowa
Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
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 [email protected]com or call 515-745-6766