Most of us have little trouble recalling someone we admire and acknowledge as an influence on the person we are today. They encourage us to achieve, to reach our full potential, and to be confident in our abilities in those distinguished moments in our lives where growth was possible and achievable. They inspire us; they’re our role models.

In 2019, the Capital City Pride Speaker Series welcomed six speakers to the Des Moines metro to share their experiences, challenges, role models, and paths to success as members of the LGBTQ+ community. These speakers each represented different backgrounds, professions, and walks of life



Capital City Pride Book Club provides a safe space for all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to read and discuss LGBTQ+ literature: stories that are not only for us but that are often by us as a community. It is through these stories that we can get a better idea of our rich history. It is through our diverse opinions, individual insights, and interactions with one another that we, as a group, can gain a better understanding of our present and future community.


Each month, after our current month’s book discussion, the group nominates the next book for the group to read. All sponsorship donations are used to buy copies of books for participants. After reading, the books will be donated to the Pride Center Library for community use.

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2021 PRIDE FEST Month

June 1-30, 2021


The Board of Directors has decided to move the 3-day Pride Fest Weekend Celebration to a “30 Days of Pride” celebration. We are taking 30+ events that we pack in over the course of a 3 day weekend with 30k+ people in the East Village and instead, we are spreading them out over 30 days in June across the entire city.

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Director of Events