One Iowa Events

Happy Hour and Drag Show at The Garden Nightclub

Thursday, May 9, 5-9 p.m.
The Garden Nightclub
112 SE 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us at The Garden Nightclub and support One Iowa’s work for LGBTQ Iowans. The Garden is generously donating 50% of all bar proceeds from 5-8 p.m. to the organization.

Drag show will begin around 7 p.m.

Iowa POZe Night

Thursday, May 30, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Decades Event Center
1208 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265

It’s back and the theme is…OZ! Includes all variations of The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, and The Wiz.

Join One Iowa, Decades Event Center and Svedka Vodka for Iowa Pose Night, where contestants compete in a themed ball for cash and trophies. Five judges will rank contestants based on appearance, attitude and corresponding aspects of each category in respect to the theme.

This is an 18+ event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Local Celebrity Drag Brunch

Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Garden Nightclub
112 SE 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Save the date and join us for a brunch like no other! Des Moines area public figures will receive mentorship from local performers and face-off in a pageant-style competition – in full drag. All ticket proceeds support One Iowa’s work for LGBTQ Iowans.

More details coming soon.

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 updates:www.pflagcr.com. Email: [email protected]
 
PFLAG in Des Moines
Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 5720 Urbandale Ave, Des Moines, IA
For more information, please email [email protected]
  
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. 
 
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