Local and national LGBTQ support groups and hotlines

For urgent issues, LGBTQ support staff are available to talk via phone to provide guidance and help at one of the hotlines listed below. You can also find local and national LGBTQ support groups to provide comfort and community.

One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for LGBTQ Iowans and allies. Inclusion on our website does not warrant or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or outcome. You must fully vet each resource.

Know of a resource we should list? Email [email protected] to submit it for consideration.


Trans Lifeline

Iowa Victim Service Call Center
The Iowa Victim Service Call Center is a resource to victims and survivors of crime in Iowa.  With staff available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, callers are given the full attention they deserve. They work with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault to train our staff. Advocates are also instructed by many of the culturally-specific groups and are aware of the unique challenges and barriers to services that people in LGBTQ community may face.
1-800-770-1650 or text ‘iowahelp’ to 20121

LGBT National Youth Talkline
M-F, 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat., 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LGBT National Talkline
M-F, 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat., 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Trevor Project
Anti-bullying Hotline

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-800-284-7821, 24/7

Support Groups

CO Dubuque
CO is a community network of passionate people who support LGBTQ community members and families.
(563) 213-4119[email protected]

LGBTQIA+ Support Group
SS Therapy and Consulting, Ltd
Every Thursday at 1 pm
4725 Merle Hay Rd, Ste 205
Des Moines, IA 50322
[email protected]

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

PFLAG Cedar Rapids 

PFLAG Des Moines

Siouxland Pride Alliance
(712) 223-0931

Transcend North Iowa
A group dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals in North Iowa.
[email protected]

Transformations Iowa

Transformations Iowa is a transgender support group that meets weekly every Wednesday at 7:00 pm and every second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm.

Wednesdays: Community Room of the Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA

Saturdays: Urbandale United Church of Christ, 3530 70th St, Urbandale, IA

For more information, please contact Sophia Stone or call 515-745-6766

Transformative Healing
A Safe Space for LGBTQIA Survivors of Violence
[email protected]

Your Life Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health has created YourLifeIowa.org so you can get help for alcohol, drug and gambling problems, suicidal thoughts, and more from experts dedicated to the health of Iowans

Des Moines Non-Binary Support Group

Clock, Inc.
Clock, Inc is an organization that provides support groups, education groups, counseling, speaking/training, workshops, community events, and a consistent location for LGBT+ individuals in the Quad City area. The LGBT+ Center provides resources that include all ages, genders, and cultures.

Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition
The Iowa Queer Communities of Color’s mission is to use an intersectional lens to address the inequity of services, lack of support and space, socioeconomic disparities, and institutional racism experienced by our communities through education, advocacy, intentional inclusivity and organizing.

Trans and Non-Binary Ames


TransVerse is a support group for trans people and their allies. We work to extend across feelings of isolation and confusion to the connections that can grow through community.

Iowa City Transgender Support Services
ICTSS is a peer-run not-for-profit program that is focused on providing the Iowa City transgender community with social support, access to resources, and education to individuals.

Upcoming Events

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