GLO LogoThe Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks supports the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons in the greater Springfield, Missouri region by organizing and sponsoring community activities and by increasing public understanding and appreciation of GLBT citizens.

Who We Are
GLO is a non-profit community organization. Administered by the GLBT community in the Southwest Missouri/Springfield Area. Donations and dues from members supports GLO. The GLO Center seeks to provide useful resources to the GLBT community in Southwest Missouri.  It is a place to be yourself, a place to meet others in the community, and a place to find information about the community at large.  In essence, the GLO Center is YOUR place for all things concerning the GLBT Community in the Greater Springfield/Southwest Missouri Area.

The GLO Center is governed by its board of directors which is comprised of members. It is entirely volunteer and membership is open and encouraged.

The GLO Center is a not-for-profit community organization and enjoys Federal 501C3 tax exempt status. All donations are tax-deductible.

Greater Ozarks Pridefest Schedule 2015

Pride 2015 T-Shirt

Notable additions to our week long schedule June 14th to the 21st include events geared towards families, community activities, and the Equality March.


92.9 The Beat is proud to present DEV, live in downtown Springfield, June 20th on Park Central Square, in partnership with Greater Ozarks Pridefest! This show is FREE, open to the public, and is all ages!

Greater Ozarks Pride Week, June 13-21:

Saturday 13th:
7pm: Drag Queen Bingo at Martha’s Vineyard
with host Miss Cleo Toris (Doors Open at 5pm)

Sunday 14th:
Affirming Church Sunday: Locations TBA
1pm: Bar-Bi-Q Lunch at the GLO Center
2pm: Queen City Voices Concert at National Ave. Christian Church
3- 5pm: Refuge Support Group at the GLO Center
6pm: Greater Ozarks Pridefest Pageant
at Ramada Oasis Convention Center

Monday 15th:
5-9pm: Cafe Cusco Benefit Dining Night
7-9pm: 1984 Arcade ($5 Suggested Donation to Benefit GLSEN Springfield)

Tuesday 16th:
6-8pm: “Cookie Q&A” Panel Talk on Trans* Lives of the Ozarks
at National Ave. Christian Church

Wednesday 17th:
5-7pm: “We Exist” Photography Reception at the GLO Center
6-9pm: The Brick Slice House: 10% of Pizza Sales to Benefit Pridefest
7-8:30pm: “To Be Takei” at Moxie Cinema (Bring Toiletries to Benefit Rare Breed Youth Services)

Thursday 18th:
7-9pm: Comedy Night at Touche ($3 Suggested Donation to start the Refuge Scholarship) Headliner Amanda Kerri and Opening Act Maci Branch

Friday 19th:
6:10pm: Out at the Ballpark at Hammons Field
10:45pm: Touche Presents: The Dirty Dorothy Show

Saturday 20th:
11am-10pm: Nonna’s Italian Cafe (Percentage of Sales to Benefit Pridefest)
11am-Noon: Equality Parade: Lineup at Kimbrough and Chestnut
12-9pm: Greater Ozarks Pridefest on Park Central Square
10pm: Martha’s Vineyard with Rupaul’s Drag Race Queens
Touché TBA

Sunday 21st:
9am: Touche Presents: 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Float Trip
Supportive Church Sunday: Locations TBA
Springfield Skeptics Post Pride Event TBA
3pm: PFLAG-Springfield June Meeting at National Ave. Christian Church


The Greater Ozarks Pridefest Committee
Brandon Landers | 417-808-0452 |
Wendy Owens |

DEV Live at Greater Ozarks Pridefest June 20


92.9 The Beat is proud to present DEV, live in downtown Springfield, June 20th on Park Central Square, in partnership with Greater Ozarks Pridefest!
This show is FREE, open to the public, and is all ages!

EXCITING NEWS: We are rolling out the NEW ONLINE APPLICATION for 2015 vendors & sponsors.

Greater Ozarks Pridefest can help you build the power of community of your business.

Direct link:

Make Springfield Weird – Park Party – June 6th

Join us for a day of Art, Music, Networking, and Fun in the Park!

Your friends at ‘Make Springfield Weird’ would like to welcome you to a Park Party Saturday 6/6 – in benefit of Springfield GLO community center. ( Donations can be made at:

Entertainment Includes:

Live Art via the talented Artists of ‘Make Springfield Weird’!
( More info: & )

Live DJs from 12pm-6pm via talented local favorites:

–CBug– (House/Tech-House)
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–Dj Spiral– (Deep/Tech-House)
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–Dj Phi– (Positive Intelligent/Liquid DnB)
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–Agent Traxxxident — (Eclectic Track Selections)
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(Music Time slots will be released prior to event.)

This day will be documented via the talented Camera/Video work of “Kent & Carolyn Photography”
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This is a FREE to everyone, Rain or Shine Event! Donations in benefit of “Springfield GLO” ( can be made here:

-Who: Family, Friends, Children, Pets, Artists and ALL positive people welcome!
-When: Saturday June 6th (All Day – Music 12pm-6pm)
-Why: To celebrate Art, Music, and our Weirdness together in the park!
-Where: The BEAUTIFUL Ritter Springs Park – 3683 W. Farm Rd 190, Springfield MO (Map:,-93.34141,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x87c58a279ba92d91:0x8bd524aa3509d24d)

B.Y.O.A. = Bring Your Own Art!
B.Y.D.S. = Bring Your Dancing Shoes!
B.Y.P.V. = Bring Your Positive Vibes!

Also: Attendees of this event must respect park facilities & obey all park and city regulations AT ALL TIMES. There is NO ALCOHOL allowed in Springfield Public Parks by law. Any person violating the park/city established rules will be asked to leave.

ROAR & PLUR in effect (lol)


Make Springfield Weird Park Party June 6

NEW Online Application for Greater Ozarks Pridefest


EXCITING NEWS: We are rolling out the NEW ONLINE APPLICATION for 2015 vendors & sponsors.

Greater Ozarks Pridefest can help you build the power of community of your business.

Connect • Grow • Give Back

Direct link:



2014 List of Vendors and Sponsors

2014 V:S list

April 8th, 2015 – Space and Brave Space

The GLO Center will be open TODAY (April 8th, 2015) from noon to 7:00 PM to provide a safe and brave space for community members to relax with friends after yesterday’s election. Feel free to stop by today and chat over a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or lemonade.

Facebook Event Here

Our Little Free Library

Our Little Free Library has a brand new door on it, with an extra sturdy latch!

Check out of outside library anytime at the GLO Center. Bring a book or check out a book.

Reading is knowledge and knowledge is Empowerment!


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No Repeal Campaign in Missouri Hitting on All Cylinders

On April 7, voters in Springfield, Missouri will be asked to oppose repeal of a non-discrimination ordinance passed by City Council in October. With less than five weeks remaining until Election Day, the NO REPEAL campaign in Springfield, Missouri, continues to increase the volume and presence of people who oppose repeal.

This week was the campaign’s Week of Action. With nearly two-dozen events across the city over seven days, dozens of volunteers came out to help the campaign. Between phone banks, door-to-door canvasses, and volunteer recruitment events,  the city was buzzing with the message of NO REPEAL.

To top off the week, the campaign held a press conference with small business owners ​on the steps of the old City Hall. With businesses​ large and small stepping forward to oppose repeal, it’s clear that business in Springfield is on the right side of this issue.

HRC has been on the ground in Springfield since December working with our partners to make sure that voters on April 7 oppose repeal. HRC Regional Field Organizer Lindsey Clark is directing the field campaign, and she’s always looking for new volunteers. If you’re interested in getting engaged over the next few weeks, contact Lindsey at


Link to the article here

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Pride Film Night – Feb 20th


To celebrate UK’s LGBT History Month for February, Greater Ozarks Pridefest is showing the Pride (2014 film) at The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks.

Pride Movie UK is based on a true story depicting a group of lesbian and gay activists who raise money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

Bring friends and enjoy great fellowship among your peers as we get inspired watching a moment in LGBT history.

Click here for Facebook Event

LGBT Professional Development Series: February 19th – Networking


The GLO Center is starting a professional development series for the LGBT community.

The GLO Center has a commitment to empowering our community. We are here to help you be successful.

February Workshop: Networking
Featuring John Gray, Business and Management Consulting Professional
Thursday, February 19th 7:00 PM
Gay and Lesbian Center of the Ozarks
518 E. Commercial Street, Springfield, MO 65801

Can’t join us for this session? Check out our upcoming series topics:
Professional Attire, Internships, Continuing Education, Coming Out at Work, Developing Leaders, Communication, Job Interviews, Dispute Resolution, Cover Letters & Resumes, and Informational Interviews

Please email Lauren Dow if you have questions at

Here is the Facebook event link:

Black History Month February 2015

“While February was declared Black History Month to recognize the many accomplishments and contributions of African Americans, the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people are often left out of the picture. From civil rights leader Bayard Rustin to community advocate Mandy Carter to well-renowned inventor George Washington Carver, black LGBT people have enriched our nation and our lives.” More information here: