Polk County Decategorization

LGTBQ Resources


LGBTQ Career Fair


Monday, February 4

4-6 p.m.

UnityPoint Health - Education & Research Center

1415 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

At this career fair, you'll have the chance to speak directly with Des Moines employers about their LGBTQ policies and workplace cultures, ask questions, and find out about job openings that may be a good fit for you.

We'll also have mock interview services from Lynette Plander of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services on hand to help you make the best impression possible during your job search.


Resources for Educators

10 Tips if a student comes out to you (from GLSEN)

  1. It takes a lot of courage for someone to come out to you--listen to all they have to say without interrupting, judging, tuning out or buying into stereotypes about LGBT people.
  2. Tell them how pleased you are that they trusted you enough to share something so personal and congratulate them on the bravery it took to be so honest.
  3. Let them know that you feel the same way about them as you always have and that nothing has changed (except that you can be even closer than before).
  4. Ask questions and show that you are interested in learning about their feelings and experiences. Be respectful and stay away from personal issues (sex, HIV, etc.) unless they let you know it’s okay.
  5. If you are feeling uncomfortable or upset, be honest. Let them know you may need some time to process everything, but acknowledge that it is your problem to work out and not their responsibility.
  6. Remember that you cannot and should not try to change them--you have an opportunity here to support, not to reform them.
  7. Ask what you can do to support them or what they need from you right now.
  8. Follow up. The coming out conversation should be the first of many. Continue to check in and ask questions over time.
  9. Be open to socializing with their new friends and in a variety of settings, both LGBT and straight. Let them know that they don’t have to compartmentalize their lives.
  10. Be an advocate. Read up on LGBT issues, wear an LGBT-friendly button or sticker, join a GSA or other LGBT group, and confront homophobia in whatever ways you can.


Model Schooldistrict Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

click here


Resources for LGTBQ youth


Iowa Safe Schools-

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

Our main office is located in Des Moines, but our staff is able to come directly to you wherever you are. Our services are tailored to YOUR experience and what you want help with. We also provide support and information to parents and teachers of students who have been bullied.

Confidentially contact our Staff by phone (+1515-681-1359), through email, on facebook, or through twitter


Health Resources

OneIowa has compiled a LGBTQ Health Resource List -

"This list includes primary care providers, mental health providers, urgent care clinics, hospitals, dentists, and other health care providers across Iowa who have responded to One Iowa’s inquiries. In order to compile and update this list, One Iowa surveys health care providers throughout the state via email and phone, asking them about their nondiscrimination policies, intake forms, staff training programs, and more. Providers’ self-attested responses to the survey are documented in this list to help LGBTQ Iowans find a provider in their area that fits their needs."

to view this list click here

Workplace Resources

LGBTQ Workplace Toolkit click here


One Iowa provides customized LGBTQ education and cultural competency training in the state of Iowa.

One Iowa trains staff and volunteers for organizations and institutions both large and small. Trainings prepare participants to embrace LGBTQ staff, clients, students, and community members. Programs may be tailored to suit the needs of K-12 educators, local and federal agencies, businesses, law enforcement facilities, legal and HR groups, corporations, medical professionals, and small businesses.

Whatever your goals, One Iowa has the knowledge and expertise to deliver an affordable, quality program.

One Iowa provides LGBTQ Safe Zone designation training for organizations and individuals. One Iowa can also assist your organization in developing culturally competent policies and practices, ensuring a welcoming environment for all.

Contact Keenan Crow, One Iowa director of policy and advocacy, to schedule a training and ask questions (515-288-4019 x2 and keenan@oneiowa.org).



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