One Iowa Events

AT CAPACITY – Queer Presence in the Art Center’s Collection

Sunday, January 20, 1:30 p.m.
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

Join the Art Center for an afternoon of LGBTQ awareness building and advocacy. The Art Center welcomes Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, who will speak about One Iowa’s work to preserve and advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. Hoffman-Zinnel will be followed by a tour with Jared Ledesma, exploring queer themes within the Art Center’s collection.

This event is full, but keep an eye out for more One Iowa/Des Moines Art Center collaborations coming soon.

Zombie Burger Drag Brunch

Sunday, February 3, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

This ticketed event features a menu from Zombie Burger Executive Chef Tom McKern and is hosted by Des Moines drag personalities Tyona Diamond, Crimson Rosenberg, Karma Kills and Vana Rosenberg. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to One Iowa.

Purchase tickets and get more information here.

LGBTQ Career Fair

Monday, February 4, 4-6 p.m.
UnityPoint Health – Education and Research Center
1415 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Are you an LGBTQ person looking for employment? Do you want to ensure you can 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.

Directions, parking, and a map for the Education and Research Center can be found here.

LGBTQ 101 with PFLAG Oskaloosa

Thursday, February 21, 6-7 p.m.
Oskaloosa Public Library
301 S Market St, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

One Iowa will present a free LGBTQ 101 training at this PFLAG Oskaloosa meeting. Join us to learn more about the LGBTQ community and how you can help create safe and inclusive environments.

7th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference

Saturday, February 23, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Des Moines University Student Education Center
3300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

This conference is aimed at addressing the health inequities and disparities LGBTQ Iowans continue to experience in our state. Health care professionals and community members alike gather to hear from key experts, participate in interactive workshops, and collaborate and connect with one another.

Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate safe and welcoming health care environments for LGBTQ Iowans throughout the state. Click here to register.

One Iowa Night with the Iowa Wild

Saturday, March 30, 6 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena
233 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join One Iowa for a great night at the Iowa Wild vs Texas Stars game! Every ticket purchased provides a $10 donation back to One Iowa to help preserve and advance LGTBQ equality. Additionally, everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered into a drawing to win a ride on the Iowa Wild’s Fanboni during second intermission.

Click here to purchase tickets. For questions please contact Adam Postiglione at 515-564-8717.

10th Annual Gala Celebration

Friday, April 12, 2019
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Save the date to celebrate TEN YEARS of marriage equality with us! We’ll honor reaching double-digits with our largest celebration yet.

Purchase your tickets and tables here.

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 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].
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