Resources for LGBTQ+ Travelers

LGBTQ+ Community Organizations  

Capital City Pride is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings together the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer community along with their friends, allies, and supporters. They do this by producing events that inspire, educate, commemorate, and celebrate the diverse community and culture with and for the greater Des Moines metro.

Des Moines Pride Sports League provides recreational and networking opportunities through sports to the LGBTQ+ community in Central Iowa.    

The Pride Center is an organization that is dedicated to supporting the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender individuals and their families and allies in the Greater Des Moines area. The Pride Center offers a safe environment for community members to visit with a large library and free Wi-Fi and serves as a hub for information and socialization for the gender and sexual minorities in Des Moines. 

OneIowa seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans by protecting and advancing equality and inclusiveness through education, improving workplace culture, and increasing access to quality healthcare across our state.

Iowa Safe Schools offers direct services and supports to students who have been bullied anywhere in the state of Iowa. 

First Friday Breakfast Club is a social and educational group for gay and bi men and women and are the largest LGBTQ breakfast club in Iowa. FFBC members gather for fellowship, mutual support, and education on community affairs. Each meeting they listen to a speaker and, of course, enjoy breakfast together.  

Capital Bears is an inclusive group which focuses on providing the LGBTQIA+ community a safe and accepting social network. 

Lesbians of Iowa is a community of 18+ queer women, gender non-conforming, and trans-folk. The primary mission of this group is to be an open, affirming, and safe place for queer folk from Iowa looking for community, support, and friendship. 

Gay Men’s Chorus, boasts 40-50 singers who have banded together to sing in support of justice, inclusion, and love. It is open to those who sing in the tenor and bass ranges, regardless of gender. 

Imperial Court of Iowa mission is to make a difference to the People of Iowa through fundraising and social consciousness, one dollar at a time. 

Prime Timers of Central Iowa brings together mature gay and bisexual men for friendship, activities, support, and personal growth. 

Iowa LGBTQ Archives & Library is a community archives and lending library with a mission to collect, preserve, and share the queer history of Iowa and increase access to queer literature for all ages.