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 | June 21 | #BeThe Change

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Pridefest Does A #Throwback


When: April 26th, 2014
Location: Kentwood Hall | The Crystal Ballroom - 700 East Saint Louis Street
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Admission is free, but donations of any amount are gladly accepted. All proceeds will help support the Greater Ozarks Pridefest. Thank you! 

Did you know that Missouri State University  had one of the first gay bars in the Ozarks located in Kentwood Hall?

We invite the community to a historic and fun fill night  at the Kentwood Hall’s Crystal Ballroom. Entertainment will be acoustics and spoken word. A silent auction will be available as well as refreshment and horderves.

Sponsored through Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services at Missouri State University

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Sneak Peak Great Ozarks Pridefest Theme #Bethechange

Here is a SNEAK PEAK of the Greater Ozarks Pridefest theme #Bethechange

Watching for more information Official Greater Ozarks Pridefest Facebook page COMING soon :)
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Breaking the Silence Party April 11th

Springfield GLSEN Steering Committee
Friday, April 11at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: 518 E Commerical St. Springfield, MO 658081

The Springfield GLSEN Steering Committee is celebrating participation in the Day of Silence by having a community party!!! The GLO Center is happy to be hosting the event. We will be having pizza and beverages (not the adult kind) and possibly an open mic for everyone who participated to share their experiences from the day. We’d love to see you there-and bring a friend!



TRANS the movie January 30th at 7pm




The GLO Center would like to invite you a showing of the TRANS the movie Thursday, January 30 at 7pm at the GLO The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks (518 East Commercial Springfield, MO 65801) Free event!


TRANS is an extraordinary documentary feature about men and women, and all the variations in between. It is about the Transgender Community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. Stories of confusion and courage, excitement and emotion that have never been told, until now. To anyone who has ever looked in a mirror and wondered, ‘who they really are?’ TRANS ask another question, ‘are you brave enough to find out?’

Affordable Care Act Town Hall in Springfield

Sunday, February 16th at 1pm at the GLO Center (518 E Commercial St, Springfield, MO 65803)

Join PROMO, GLO Center, Aids Project of the Ozarks, and Saint Louis Effort for AIDS to help answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act.

The town hall meeting will discuss how the Affordable Care Act changes the healthcare landscape and how it impacts LGBT individuals, couples, youth and people living with chronic medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS.

There will be several Certified Application Counselors (CACs) on site to answer your questions and assist with enrollment.

For questions or more information contact PROMO at 417-291-6569 or



Pridefest June 14th-21st | Sponsor and Vendor Information

The Greater Ozarks Pridefest is a tax exempt organization whose purpose is to increase public awareness of the LGBT community and to eliminate discrimination in the Greater Ozarks. Held in the epicenter of Springfield’s downtown, Pridefest is the largest LGBT event in Southwest Missouri that attracts over 2,500 people and growing every year. We are reaching out to you for your participation in this celebration of equality, diversity, and community.

 Notable additions to our week long schedule June 14th to the 21st include events geared towards families, Pride Pool Party at Missouri State, and the Equality March. So why should you be a part?

Research shows that 89% of gay and lesbian consumers go out of their way to buy products or services that advertise to and support LGBT consumers.

  • Springfield is home to the largest Southwest LGBT charity, Springfield Black Tie
  • The median household income for lesbians is $80,000; for gay men, $83,000.
  • 68% of same-sex couples own their own home.
  • LGBT individuals spend, on average, 55% more hours per week on the internet.
  • The LGBT travel market is estimated at 64.5 billion dollars annually, or 10% of the entire US travel industry.

Through past support we have been able to provide funding to Southwest Missouri only LGBT youth group, Galagxy. Pridefest makes every effort to recognize the businesses and individuals who donate their products, services, in-kind donations, and financial support. Additional information is available upon request.

Click here for Pride Vendor Letter 2014 General PDF



The Greater Ozarks Pridefest Committee

Charles Abernathy | 417-693-9272 |
Brandon Landers | 417-808-0452 |

Equality Day 2014

Save the date, Equality Day 2014 is just around the corner on February 19th!

*This is your chance to let your voice be heard at the Capitol



New Toy & Book Drive until Nov 31st

The GLO Center is participating in the Commercial Street Candy Land celebration to give families in need a wonderful Holiday!

You can drop off a new toy or book at the GLO Center!
The GLO Center is open:

Mondays- 9am to 4pm
Tuesdays- 9am to 9pm
Wednesdays- 10am to 5:30pm
Thursdays- 12:30pm to 6pm
Fridays- 10am to 2:30pm
Saturdays- 1pm to 4pm
Sundays- 1pm to 4pm
Toy and Book Drive

October is LGBT+ History month

October kicks off LGBT+ History month. Checkout the calendar  for local events!


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