Welcome to the First Friday Breakfast Club!
The First Friday Breakfast Club (FFBC) is an educational group for gay, bisexual and transgender men. We gather monthly in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. We provide a safe and supportive environment for all members and guests.
As Iowa’s largest breakfast club, we are active, dynamic and engaging. We educate ourselves on LGBTQ issues. We work to reduce prejudice and discrimination. Throughout the year, we raise scholarship funds for students who fight homophobia. We offer guidance to those who need help in the coming out process. And we provide opinion leaders and the community with positive images of LGBTQ people.
Click HERE to donate to the scholarship fund.
The October 2022 newsletter is now available HERE.
Twelve outstanding graduating high school seniors were awarded scholarships at an awards ceremony on June 3, 2022. See more about these outstanding young adults on the Scholars page.
FFBC members enjoy breakfast and a speaker during the monthly gatherings. Breakfast begins promptly at 7:00 am. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at the Hoyt Sherman Place.
Hoyt Sherman Place (website)
1501 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
To view past speakers (and listen to remarks from select speakers), click here or on the PAST SPEAKERS link at the top of the page.
Speaker Recommendations: If you have a recommendation for a speaker for a future First Friday Breakfast Club meeting please email to email@example.com, providing information about the potential speaker, and contact information for them. Your contact information would be appreciated as well.
Items of interest
Iowa Safe Schools Spirit Awards 2022
Join Iowa Safe Schools for an evening dedicated to celebrating the work being done around the state to support LGBTQ youth. Iowa Safe Schools is proud to present the 2022 Spirit Awards on Friday, October 7th at Capital Square in downtown Des Moines. To register to attend click HERE.
This year, Iowa Safe Schools will present awards to community members and groups in the following categories:
- Ally of the Year
- Partner in Progress
- GSA of the Year
- Lynn Reinicke Educator of the Year
- Exceptional Media Coverage
As always, we invite guests to dress with pride FLAIR, and join us for a night of laughs, celebration, and commitment to supporting LGBTQ youth across Iowa.
DSM LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards 2022
[Extract from DSM Magazine Site]
Over the years, Iowa’s LGBTQ community has had a positive influence on our state. Representing a wide range of vocations and avocations, they have led with creativity, vigor and compassion, solving problems and helping build a state that we all can be proud to call home.
In tribute to such inspiring contributions, dsm magazine, One Iowa and American Equity will celebrate the 4th annual LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards on October 19, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Willow on Grand (6011 Grand Ave. in Des Moines). We will also recognize an ally of the LGBTQ community, someone whose contributions to equality and justice have helped ensure that gender and sexual orientation must not be stigmatized or marginalized in the culture of Iowa.
To register to attend the event go to: DSM Magazine.
Important Dates for Election 2022
- August 30, 2022: First day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to the voter.
- October 19, 2022: First day ballots can be mailed to voters that have requested them
- October 19, 2022: First day to vote early in person at the Polk County Election Office
- October 24, 2022: All absentee ballot requests for a mailed ballot MUST PHYSICALLY be in the office by 5 PM. Postmarks do not count!
- November 5, 2022: Office open for early voting. Hours to be determined
- November 7, 2022: Final day to vote early in the Polk County Election Office – 5 PM deadline.
- November 8, 2022: Election Day – polls will be open from 7 AM – 8 PM. Vote at your assigned polling location. All early votes must physically be in the office by 8 PM.
Information provided by Polk County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections.