One Iowa Events

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.

Support Equality at Hello, Marjorie

Thursday, November 9, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hello, Marjorie
717 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Raise a toast to LGBTQ equality at Hello, Marjorie! 20% of all proceeds from 5-9 p.m. will be donated to One Iowa to support LGBTQ Iowans.

As One: A Transgender Story Told Through Song

November 17-19
Des Moines Civic Center, Stoner Theater
221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309

AS ONE is a contemporary chamber opera that tells the story of Hannah, a transgender woman. Over the course of 15 songs, Hannah explores her challenges growing up in a small town, her struggles with family and her inspiring journey of becoming true to herself.

This new production directed by Kristine McIntyre and conducted by Michael Sakir, features Elise Quagliata, John Moore, Baritone and the Polymnia Quartet. Composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed will be with us for opening night on November 17. Each performance will feature a talkback session, facilitated by One Iowa and Transformations Iowa, featuring LGBTQ Iowans alongside members of the cast and creative team.

Get tickets here.

One Iowa Night on Broadway

Tuesday, December 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Noce Jazz Cabaret
1326 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Support LGBTQ Iowans and enjoy showtunes performed by local LGBTQ performers, allies, and One Iowa staff! All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit One Iowa’s work preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ Iowans. Tickets available soon.

Happy hour begins at 6 pm; program begins at 7 pm (hosted by Jackie Schmillen of CW Iowa Live).

Confirmed performers:
– Jackie Schmillen
– Jupiter P. Belle
– Domita Sanchez
– Erin Horst
– Gina Gedler
– Rae Fehring
– Katy Merriman
– Madison Ray
– Adam Yankhowy
– Alexandra St. James
– Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

12 Bars of Charity

Saturday, December 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Downtown Des Moines

One Iowa is one of eight nonprofit organizations you can support during this holiday bar crawl! $30 gets you a color-coordinated One Iowa team sweatshirt, a $10 donation to One Iowa, free shuttle rides, and drink specials.

Get your tickets here. Be sure to join team One Iowa!


Special Events


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 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