One Iowa Events

Quarterly Coffee Update

Thursday, June 21, 8-9 a.m.
West End Salvage
22 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us for our inaugural coffee update! One Iowa staff will share what we’ve been working on over the past few months. Coffee and light breakfast items will be provided.

LGBTQ Career Fair

Thursday, June 28, 4-6 p.m.
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
1331 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Are you an LGBTQ person looking for employment? Do you want to make sure you’ll be able to bring your full self to your future workplace? This LGBTQ Career Fair will give you the chance to speak directly with Des Moines area employers about their LGBTQ policies and workplace cultures, ask questions, and find out about job openings that may be a good fit for you. Light refreshments will be provided.

Local Celebrity Drag Brunch

Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Garden Nightclub
112 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join One Iowa for a brunch like no other! Des Moines area public figures will receive mentorship from local performers and face-off in a pageant-style competition—in full drag. All ticket proceeds support One Iowa’s work for LGBTQ Iowans. 

Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys will be served in take-home One Iowa mugs for $15.

Space is limited, so buy your tables and tickets now.

4th Annual LGBTQ Senior Summit

Saturday, August 4
Grand View University Student Center
2811 E 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

This annual summit provides workshops and networking opportunities to address the needs of older LGBTQ people in Iowa. More details to come.

Queer Art Tour at the Des Moines Art Center

Thursday, August 16, Time TBD
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

One Iowa has partnered with the Des Moines Art Center for this tour spotlighting queer art and artists in the Center’s collection. Des Moines Art Center Assistant Curator Jared Ladesma will lead this tour. A Q&A session will follow.

Recurring One Iowa 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
Scheduled upon request
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.
 
Please contact Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss at [email protected]/515-697-3666 to request an LGBTQ Grief Group meeting.
 
 

Other Events

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