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.

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:

NEW LOCATION: LGBT enrollment event announced for Springfield MO

NEW Feb 6th

Contact Information:
Charles Abernathy
AIDS Project of the Ozarks
1901 East Bennett, Suite D
Springfield, MO 65804
Office: 417.881.1900
Facebook Event: RSVP here

For Immediate Release: UPDATE

Event: LGBT enrollment event announced for Springfield MO

Date: February 6th 10:00am—3:00pm

Location: Q Enoteca at 308 West Commercial St, Springfield MO 65803

Contact: Charles Abernathy, Certified Application Counselor & GLO Board Member | 417-881-1900

“LGBT enrollment event announced for Springfield, Missouri”

In an effort reduce the number of uninsured and build awareness in Southwest Missouri there will be a specific lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) informational and enrollment event on February 6th at 10am to 3pm located at Q Enoteca at 308 West Commercial St, Springfield MO 65803. This is a FREE event with food provided as supplies last.

Providing LGBT specific enrollment events is important for the LGBT community of Southwest Missouri, because of the lack of discrimination protections offered by the State. According to the Missouri Foundation for Health, “sexual minorities in Missouri are 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than the general population.” It is important to create spaces for LGBT Missourians to feel comfortable accessing enrollment services.

Charles Abernathy, Certified Application Counselor with the AIDS Project of the Ozarks says: “There are now more affordable healthcare options and protections for LGBT individuals and families because of the Affordable Care Act. This event serves to educate LGBT individuals and families about the ACA and reduce the number of the uninsured in our community. Additionally, it will empower community members so we can work toward a more equitable healthcare system in Missouri.”

In partnership with Southwest Hub of Cover Missouri, AIDS Project of the Ozarks, and PROMO Fund, this event hopes to address these specific healthcare issues and get more LGBT individuals and families enrolled into health insurance.

Full House at Leelah Alcorn Remembrance Event #RestInPower


Community Meeting: One Springfield

COmmunity Meeting

Community strategy meeting to learn more about the One Springfield campaign to defend the local LGBT nondiscrimination protections from a repeal on April’s ballot.

We’ll talk about the campaign, get you signed up to volunteer or with a committee, and answer your questions about what comes next! See Facebook Event for more details HERE.

Make sure to like One Springfield’s Facebook Page.

Contact the campaign with questions at