What is the date for the 9th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth?
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Is there more information coming soon?
Yes! Additional information on registrations, workshops, exhibitors, and all the details are coming soon
Can I be an exhibitor for the Conference? If so, any restrictions on items?
Yes! Please complete the online Exhibitor Application found at the above link for Exhibitors. Exhibitors are selected on a first come first serve basis and if their information meets the mission of the Conference. Exhibitors are allowed to bring a variety of items including pens, stickers, sexual health information/materials, and displays on various issues. Past exhibitors have included mental health agencies, sexual assault prevention centers, suicide prevention hotlines, state agencies, college admissions groups, advocacy organizations, and HIV prevention organizations.
How do I become a sponsor?
Please email Nate at
for more information on sponsorship!
Where will the Conference be located?
The 9th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth will be at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center which is a part of the Iowa Events Center located in Des Moines. We moved the event to accomodate more space for participants. More information about The Iowa Events Center is available here http://www.iowaeventscenter.com
Where do I park when I get to the Iowa Events Center?
There is plenty of parking available at the Iowa Events Center including parking on site, downtown parking garages, or street parking is available. The approximate fee for most all day parking is $7 per vehicle. It is highly recommended that you carpool if you are going with a friend or colleague!
Are there a block of hotel rooms available?
Yes. Just click the Directions & Hotel Info link above for hotel information.
Can I bring a sign or items to show my support of the LGBTQ movement?
Yes! We ask that any signs, t-shirts, or any other items are appropriate in nature.
Can I bring a student group like a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or diversity club with me to the Conference?
Yes! Over half of the attendees are students who just care about making a difference in their communities.
Is this Conference just for students?
No. Half the attendees are students and the other half are adults. It's important that when discussing youth issues we have the youth themselves in the room and being a part of that discussion. Some workshop sessions are specific for youth-only audiences while others are geared towards professional audiences.
Are there any volunteer opportunities with the Conference?
Yes! Please email Nate at
to find out about volunteering that day. Please reach out about volunteering the beginning of March!
Why a Conference about LGBTQ youth?
LGBTQ youth are statistically more likely to be bullied, consider suicide, have substance abuse issues, higher rates of homelessness, and adults are less likely to be considered supportive by LGBTQ youth. The high need facing this specific population and those youth who are allies is why there is a need for this Conference.
Who founded the Conference?
Iowa Safe Schools founded the event in 2006 and has continued to host, organize, publicize, and work towards it annually. Many organizations have supported the event since its inception including the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Association of School Boards, School Administrators of Iowa, Iowa State Education Association, and Iowa Civil Rights Commission in addition to various corporate partnerships over the years.