Service Locators


LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) 

Raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services.


LGBT Aging Center

Provides listings of Iowa-specific resources addressing a variety of LGBT aging topics.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Summary of issues related to aging and the LGBT elderly population.  
Links to research, resources, and public policy recommendations.


Senior Services LGBT Resources

Listing of resources for LGBT seniors.


Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations.




Campus Pride

Develops resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.


First Friday Breakfast Club Scholarship

FFBC awards annual scholarships to outstanding Iowa high seniors who fight homophobia and educate their schools and/or communities about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.


Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network

Works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Provides resources for local schools and organizations to participate in national days of recognition including Day of Silence and Ally Week.


Gender Spectrum

Provides consultation, training and events designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand and address the concepts of gender identity and expression.


Iowa Pride Network

Develops LGBTQ youth advocate leaders & supports Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) groups.


Iowa Safe Schools

Networks Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) across the state with critical resources and supports GSA advisors to build Iowa's next generation of leaders.  Empowers students through online communication, an annual leadership summit, the Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth, and through partnerships including those with Project HIM and the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA).



LGBTQ History Month

The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.


Matthew Shephard Scholarship

A program of the Eychaner Foundation, Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program works with highly motivated students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on academic aptitude, academic achievement, community service and financial need.


Point Foundation

In addition to providing financial support and scholarships for education, Point Foundation matches each scholar with a mentor who is a successful professional and also a prominent and caring member of the LGBTQ and ally community.


Safe Schools Academy

Provides quality professional development opportunities for educators, counselors, social workers, administrators, and other youth-service providers. These online and in-person courses are offered through a partnership with the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) (license renewal partner) and Drake University (graduate credit partner).

Provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. 


Trans Youth Equality Foundation

Provides education, advocacy, and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families.  Organizes retreats, camps, workshops, and individual "face time" via skype, phone, or in person.


The Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.  Also conducts suicide prevention awareness and training activities.


Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 – 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText- Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 (Fridays 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST). 



You Can Play

Dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.


ACCESSline Iowa’s LGBT Newspaper

ACCESSline Iowa is the Heartland’s LGBT+ Newspaper.


Community HIV & Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network

CHAIN is a member-driven advocacy group that focuses on legislative and policy issues of concern to people living with and affected by HIV and hepatitis in Iowa. The group hosts an annual "Day on the Hill" during the state legislative session and participates in other education and advocacy opportunities throughout the year.


Des Moines Diversity Chorus

Choral group in the greater Des Moines area, focused on encouraging respect and appreciation for people through music.


Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

Promoting harmony among all while advancing a positive image of gay people through outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and community outreach.



FFBC is an educational group for gay, bisexual and transgender men. The group gathers monthly in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker.  FFBC also raises funds for a scholarship that rewards students who fight homophobia.



A safe space for all members of the university community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere. Promotes advocacy, support, visibility, and diversity through programming, a variety of services, and referral.


1064 Student Services Building
Ames IA 50011


Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG)

Peer support from people who understand the experience of being parents, family members, friends, or gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people.


Des Moines: Meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1800 Bell Ave

(515) 650-9042


Ames:  Meetings every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.

Located at the Youth and Shelter Services building, 420 Kellogg Ave


PITCH (Positive Iowans Taking Charge)

A state-wide non-profit organization with a clear mission: To create an atmosphere where HIV+ people can unite, advocate, and assist other HIV+ people for better health and wellness. PITCH provides educational opportunities, camaraderie, and a sense of community to Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.


PO Box 518

Des Moines, IA 50302

PITCH on Facebook


Prime Timers of Central Iowa 

A not-for-profit, noncommercial, nonsectarian and nonpartisan social organization open to all mature gay and bisexual men and their friends who subscribe to our purposes of socialization and fellowship in a safe and supportive environment. 


Pride Sports League

Providing recreational and networking opportunities through sports to the LGBTA community in the Des Moines metro area.   



Gathers every other month on a Saturday night, from 7-10 p.m., usually in private homes. There is an admission which includes wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks and the evening consists of conversation, meeting new people, and catching up with old friends. For more information or to be added to the confidential email list, contact Mike Shank.


Transformations Transgender Support Group

Transformations Iowa is a support group for transgender and non-binary people with meetings in Des Moines, Urbandale, and Cedar Rapids.

(515) 288-4019 ext 200

Help Quitting

American Lung Association – Iowa | 515-309-9507

CDC LGBT tobacco/TIPS campaign good list of resources


LGBT Health Link:  Blog by Dr. Scout has tobacco prevention and cessation articles consistently.  Also, good resources and links


Quitline Iowa

1-800-784-8669 (1-800 QUITNOW)


This Free Life: the first LGBT specific national tobacco campaign



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