One Iowa Events

One Iowa’s 8th Annual Gala Celebration

Friday, April 7, Cocktail Hour – 6 p.m., Program – 7 p.m.
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Our 8th Annual Gala Celebration will include dinner, an auction, and an awards ceremony honoring the work our state’s advocates for LGBT equality have accomplished this past year. Click here to purchase tickets.

8th Annual Gala Celebration sponsors include Principal, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wellmark, and Veridian Credit Union among others. Please contact our executive director, Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel (daniel@oneiowa.org, 515-288-4019 x208) if you are interested in sponsorship or advertisement opportunities. 

Inclusivity Squared: Gray Area Thinking™ & Transgender 101

Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

National speaker and “inclusionist” Ellen “Ellie” Krug will present this workshop to help congregations and organizations better understand and welcome gender diversity. Krug transitioned in 2009 and has trained many court systems, corporations, government entities, and colleges/universities on diversity and inclusion. She is also one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in different genders. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Trans Action Group at First Unitarian Church, One Iowa, Downtown Disciples, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Safe Schools, and Urbandale United Church of Christ.

5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

Saturday, April 29 
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

This annual conference presented by One Iowa, Des Moines University, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland provides education, public awareness, and resources on the health needs of the LGBTQ community. Click here to register and find more details.

Special Events

The Queers Are Here – Free Monthly Art Exhibit
March 1-31; Sundays, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. 
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

The Queers Are Here is a series by Stormy O’Brink about gender non-conformity, identity, and folx who break the mold. Featuring acrylic portraits of queer, trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming themes, this series aims to present queer power rather than the adversity our community faces.  See this work on the art wall in Channing Hall during the month of March. There is an opportunity to meet the artist between services on Sunday, March 26.

Ballot Measure 9
March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Robert Mickle Business and Neighborhood Resource Center
1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA 50314

This screening of Ballot Measure 9 is hosted by Downtown Disciples. A discussion featuring Donna and Sumitra Red Wing will follow.

Transcend North Iowa Support Group Meeting
April 1, 5-7 p.m.
Charles City Public Library
106 Milwaukee Street, Charles City, IA 50616

Transcend North Iowa is dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender-nonconforming individuals in northern Iowa. 

Fun Home National Tour with PFLAG Des Moines
April 4-9
Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times)

 

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 HFHAcademy@HamiltonsFuneralHome.com/515-697-3666 or One Iowa at info@oneiowa.org/515-288-4019.
 
Meetings for Parents of Gender-Creative KidsFluidKids
3rd Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m.
Children’s Library at Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
 
Do you have a child or pre-teen who is gender creative, gender independent, or gender non-conforming? Gender creative children may be those who do not conform to gender roles. If so, are you interested in meeting with other parents and caregivers? Are you looking for support, connection, information and resources? If you are a parent or caregiver who wants to support your child in their gender nonconformity and would like to meet with other parents who may be experiencing the same challenges and joys, you should know that One Iowa is facilitating meetings, together with Plymouth Church and the Willits GLBT Committee, for parents of gender creative children of any age up to and including teens living in the home. This meeting is an adults-only meeting for parents and caregivers of gender-creative children, however childcare will be available.
 
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 atlgr943@yahoo.com.
 
LGBTQIA Sexual Assault Support Group
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month; 7:00 p.m.
3030 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
 
A project of Transformative Healing and Crisis Intervention Services, this support group includes healing activities, coping strategy sharing, and community building. The group is free and confidential.
 
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: pflaglcb@gmail.com
 
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 huber_susan@msn.com.
 
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 pocqatrox@gmail.com or sethbackham@muawi.org for
more details. For updates, like POCQAT’s Facebook page.
 
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 sophia.transformations@gmail.com or call 515-745-6766