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Capital City Pride

Capital City Pride- Des Moines, Iowa, is a group of proactive individuals who are striving to recognize the importance of gay culture in the Midwest. The annual Pride celebration, held the second weekend in June every summer, consists of a street party, a parade, and a show with all types of community exhibitors and musical performances! Our mission is to promote acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community through education, programming, and visibility.

Eychaner Foundation

This non-profit is committed to promoting tolerance and non-discrimination. For example, in December 2011 the Eychaner Foundation launched and has been instrumental in the creation of the Iowa Pride Network and the GLBT Youth In Iowa Schools Task Force.

The Eychaner Foundation sponsors Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship for LGBT students which pays tuition, books, and fees at one of Iowa's three state universities: ISU, U of I, or UNI. Each scholarship is renewable annually for up to four years upon evidence of academic progress, continued service to the LGBT community and an interview with the scholarship committee. For more info, go to:

Iowa Pride Network

This state-wide non-profit works directly with students, helping empower them to start and enhance Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in their high schools and colleges, while building a statewide network that offers support, mentoring, educational, advocacy and networking opportunities.

Iowa Safe Schools: Protect Kids. Stop Bullies

The mission of Iowa Safe Schools is to: a) improve school climate in order to increase the personal safety, mental health, and student learning of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied (LGBTA) and all other students; b) increase awareness and understanding among current and future educators, school administrators, and key community agents of inequities regarding the safety of LGBTA students and their family member(s) in schools and communities throughout Iowa.  Iowa Safe Schools also seeks to empower these key actors with effective, research-based tools and strategies to combat intolerance and safety inequities.

One Iowa

This non-profit supports full equality for LGBT individuals living in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. For example, in 2012, One Iowa launched a new public education initiative called Why Marriage Matters Iowa to shift the conversation from politics back to people. It is focused on having meaningful conversations in every corner of the state about the importance of marriage, love, commitment, and family and working with supporters to give them the tools to take this conversation to their communities. For more information:

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful. For more information:

Alcohol Rehab Guide

Experience life without alcohol addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Browse resources and get connected to treatment that is right for you.

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