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.

POP UP YOGA + Raygun (One Iowa benefit class)

Friday, June 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Raygun
505 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

POP UP YOGA DSM and Raygun are hosting this $10 yoga class to benefit One Iowa’s work to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ Iowans. Click here for tickets.

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. Stay tuned for more details!

Special Events

Transcend North Iowa – Support Meeting
Friday, June 2, 5-7 p.m.
Charles City Public Library; 106 Milwaukee Mall, Charles City, IA 50616
 
Transcend North Iowa support group meeting for all transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, or questioning individuals. Allies are also welcome. Open to all ages! Transcend North Iowa leaders have completed One Iowa’s Safe Zone training and are Safe Zone-designated.
 
Saturday, June 3, 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
5th St. – Floyd Blvd. to Iowa St.
 
June 3-4
East Park; N Virginia Ave, Mason City, IA 50401
 
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 p.m.
920 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
 
Friday, June 9
920 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
 
Transcend North Iowa – Support Meeting
Saturday, June 10, 5-7 p.m.
First Congregational UCC; 100 1st St NE, Mason City, IA 50401
 
Transcend North Iowa support group meeting for all transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, or questioning individuals. Allies are also welcome. Open to all ages! Transcend North Iowa leaders have completed One Iowa’s Safe Zone training and are Safe Zone-designated.
 
Saturday, June 10
920 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
 
June 10-11
East Village; Des Moines, IA
 
Sunday, June 11, 1-6 p.m.
2605 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001
 
Facing Fear Viewing and Discussion
Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church; 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
 
Hosted by Westminster’s Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group. Walking tacos will be served, followed by the 24-minute Academy Award nominated documentary Facing Fear and discussion.
 
Saturday, June 17
Corner of Linn St. and Washington St.; Iowa City, IA
 
Saturday, June 17
Council Bluffs, IA
 
Saturday, July 8
NewBo City Market; 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
 
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
 
POCQAT
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