martyMarty Moore helped lead the creation and reorganization of the latest version of the Des Moines Pride Center back in 2014.  The original “Gay and Lesbian Resource Center” from the 1980’s and 1990’s had been in stasis for several years and Marty started the process of restarting the work of this 501(c)3 organization and re-established a new office in the Mickle Community Center on Sherman Hill.  This relaunch included renaming the organization as the “Des Moines Pride Center”.  While, the identity is new, the history of our organization runs deep and offices have been hosted in various places all over Des Moines over the years.  Marty Moore served as the first President of the renamed Des Moines Pride Center until 2015.

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Here is a past press clipping, posted by KCCI in 2014:

 KCCI  Updated: 11:28 AM CDT Oct 10, 2014

A new LGBT center is opening in Des Moines on National Coming Out Day — this Saturday.

The Des Moines Pride Center will hold the grand opening from 1-4 p.m.  It’s located at 1620 Pleasant St., Suite 244.  The center will share it’s coming out story, have a brief presentation and give tours of the center on Saturday.

“In a post-marriage Iowa, the community needs a new kind of LGBT service organization and that’s the Des Moines Pride Center,” said President Marty Moore in a news release. “We’re here to serve central Iowans and provide a safe space for supportive and social activities.”

The center is open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6-9 p.m.  It will provide support and social activities throughout the month.

Volunteers are needed to plan events, facilitate support groups and help with many aspects of the organization.  Learn more at www.dsmpridecenter.org


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