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Inside the Pride Center


The Des Moines Pride Center is a community organization where gender, sexual minorities, allies, and their families are supported, celebrated, and served through providing access to Queer literature, historical archives, and a safe environment where people can thrive as healthy equal, and complete members of the community.

Our three priorities are to:

  • Connect through Queer literature

  • Protect LGBTQIA+ history

  • Respect the value and benefit of Queer spaces

To provide a safe environment where you can thrive, host events, obtain support, and get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community.


Established in 1985

Previously known as the Gay Lesbian Resource Center, the Pride Center, has evolved in meeting community needs. Originally, being the first LGBTQIA+ non-profit in the Des Moines metro focusing on supporting Queer youth, the Pride Center, strove to be a safe haven and resource center for the younger generation.

Somethings have remained the same, the Pride Center's pursuit of learning and building community through Queer literature and history.

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The Mickle Center, located in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines, houses several local businesses, non-profits, and serves as a community center for the city of Des Moines.

Mickle Center

1620 Pleasant St. Des Moines


Your safety is our top priority, the value of the Pride Center being housed within the Mickle Center Building is that is a secured and locked entry. Allowing for those visiting the Pride Center library the peace of mind to enjoy connecting with others in the community, read Queer only literature, and learn about LGBTQIA+ history.

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