Ensuring dignity and support for older LGBTQ adults

LGBTQ Older Adults

Older LGBTQ community

LGBTQ older adults confront unique challenges with isolation, discrimination, and lack of understanding. One Iowa is committed to addressing the barriers that older LGBTQ adults face and developing strategies to meet the needs of this community.


LGBTQ Older Adult Advisory Council

One Iowa’s LGBTQ Older Adults Advisory Council meets regularly to advise the organization on its strategy for addressing social isolation, housing, healthcare access, and more.

LGBTQ Older Iowans Resource List

LGBTQ older adults face unique challenges to healthcare and support. One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for older LGBTQ Iowans that can help you learn about local and national organizations that advocate for the equality of LGBTQ older adults. Find the full list here.

LGBTQ Older Adults Tea Time

Join us the third Wednesday of each month for our LGBTQ Older Adults Tea Time. A space where folks can join together in community with one another, make new connections, share stories and spend time with other older adults in the community. The first Tea Time will be August 19th, 2020.

Friendship Line

We are working with our LGBTQ Older Adult Advisory Council to develop a Friendship Line. Caring, trained volunteers will be available to connect LGBTQ older adults with resources or to just listen. Stay tuned for more details.

Donate Now to advance, empower, and improve the lives of older LGBTQ Iowans.

success stories

Gary Moore

One Iowa has been the go-to organization for thoughtful responses to issues arising in the community. The LGBTQ Older Adults Conference has been another such response. It provides leadership and workshops to thoughtfully explore the needs of our gay seniors, those that led the way 30-40 years ago and can continue to do so with our help.

  • Gary Moore
  • LGBTQ Activist
Emily Brown

Partnering with One Iowa and bringing their leadership and expertise to the table to work alongside our Executive Leadership team allowed UnityPoint Health to begin providing frequent and regular LGBTQ education for teams across the system… The impact the partnership with One Iowa has had will live on for decades to come.

  • Emily Brown
  • UnityPoint Health
Heidi Yang

The people are what drew me to One Iowa and why I’ve been volunteering here since 2008. The staff at One Iowa have always been kind, considerate, and accepting. I admire the work they do and I’m happy to help out in whatever way I can; whether it’s doing data entry or volunteering at an event.

  • Heidi Yang
  • One Iowa volunteer
Portrait of Jarrel Johnson

This experience has definitely created a fire in me to think about how I can be more active; how I can leave this space in a better place than it was when I got here.

  • Jarrel Johnson
  • LGBTQ Leadership Institute 2018
Portrait of Mariah Himes

I had the opportunity to see people like me in [leadership] positions, which honestly was super empowering. I can now visualize myself in different kinds of roles.

  • Mariah Himes
  • LGBTQ Leadership Institute 2018
Headshot of Kristel Payne

Max came and did a lunch and learn for us on non-binary and was their normal wonderful self. I had several comments afterwards and people really enjoyed the presentation, but even better, they learned a lot and it opened more minds and hopefully created more allies.

  • Kristel Payne
  • Bankers Trust