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 summer.

One Iowa’s 3rd Annual LGBTQ Senior Summit

Saturday, August 5
Grand View University Student Center
2811 E 14th St, Des Moines, IA 50316

Previously known as “Gay & Gray in the Midwest”, this annual summit provides workshops and networking opportunities to address the needs of older LGBTQ people. Click here to register and get more information!

Lipstick N Lashes Scholarship Fundraiser

Saturday, August 12, 7 p.m.
Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
303 2nd St SE, Mason City, IA 50401

Larry Moore (a.k.a. Lucinda Holiday) is back for more Lipstick N Lashes fun! This zany, campy, delightful, and really touching show will have you rocking in your seats. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Craig W. Hickok Memorial Scholarship fund, which helps finance college and post-graduate education for Iowa residents involved in LGBTQ advocacy.

Tickets are $15 each. Click here to reserve your tickets.

Bowling for One Iowa

Friday, August 25, 7-9 p.m.
Adel Family Fun Center
1526 Greene St, Adel, IA 50003

Join One Iowa at the Adel Family Fun Center on Friday, August 25th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for Iowa’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization. We will be bowling under the awesome GLOW BOWL LIGHTS and have some very special guests attending. Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor a lane.

One Iowa’s 1st Annual LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit

Thursday, October 12
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. 

Stay tuned for more information!

Special Events

Saturday, July 15, 5-7 p.m.
Charles City Public Library
106 Milwaukee Mall, Charles City, IA 50616

Transcend North Iowa is dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender non-conforming individuals in North Iowa and surrounding areas. All Transcend North Iowa leaders have been trained and Safe Zone-designated.

One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel will be a guest speaker at this meeting.

LGBTQ Teen Zine Summit
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

Join the Des Moines Art Center for an LGBTQ zine workshop and summit as you come together with other teens to celebrate, share, create, learn and discuss LGBTQ culture and its connections to art.

Participate in a queer-themed tour of the museum’s permanent collections and work with local artists to create your own zines. Showcase your work on Sunday, July 30 as you present your zines and participate in a poetry slam. 

Saturday, July 22, 5-7 p.m.
First Congregational UCC
100 1st St NE, Mason City, IA 50401

Transcend North Iowa is dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender non-conforming individuals in North Iowa and surrounding areas. All Transcend North Iowa leaders have been trained and Safe Zone-designated.

Saturday, August 26
Downtown Waterloo, IA
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
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
PFLAG in Des Moines
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA
1st Sunday of the month from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monsoon Community Resource Center, 4952 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA
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