One Iowa Events
One Iowa’s 8th Annual Gala Celebration
Friday, April 7, Cocktail Hour – 6 p.m., Program – 7 p.m.
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Our 8th Annual Gala Celebration will include dinner, an auction, and an awards ceremony honoring the work our state’s advocates for LGBT equality have accomplished this past year. Click here to purchase tickets.
8th Annual Gala Celebration sponsors include Principal, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wellmark, and Veridian Credit Union among others. Please contact our executive director, Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel (firstname.lastname@example.org, 515-288-4019 x208) if you are interested in sponsorship or advertisement opportunities.
Inclusivity Squared: Gray Area Thinking™ & Transgender 101
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
National speaker and “inclusionist” Ellen “Ellie” Krug will present this workshop to help congregations and organizations better understand and welcome gender diversity. Krug transitioned in 2009 and has trained many court systems, corporations, government entities, and colleges/universities on diversity and inclusion. She is also one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in different genders.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Trans Action Group at First Unitarian Church, One Iowa, Downtown Disciples, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Safe Schools, and Urbandale United Church of Christ.
5th Annual LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference
Saturday, April 29
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
This annual conference presented by One Iowa, Des Moines University, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland provides education, public awareness, and resources on the health needs of the LGBTQ community. Click here to register and find more details.
The Queers Are Here – Free Monthly Art Exhibit
March 1-31; Sundays, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
The Queers Are Here is a series by Stormy O’Brink about gender non-conformity, identity, and folx who break the mold. Featuring acrylic portraits of queer, trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming themes, this series aims to present queer power rather than the adversity our community faces. See this work on the art wall in Channing Hall during the month of March. There is an opportunity to meet the artist between services on Sunday, March 26.
Ballot Measure 9
March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Robert Mickle Business and Neighborhood Resource Center
1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA 50314
This screening of Ballot Measure 9 is hosted by Downtown Disciples. A discussion featuring Donna and Sumitra Red Wing will follow.
Transcend North Iowa Support Group Meeting
April 1, 5-7 p.m.
Charles City Public Library
106 Milwaukee Street, Charles City, IA 50616
Transcend North Iowa is dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender-nonconforming individuals in northern Iowa.
Fun Home National Tour with PFLAG Des Moines
Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (New York Times)
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.
2nd Monday of every month
The Des Moines Vet Center
1821 22nd Street #115
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266