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.

Vendor and Sponsor Setup Information

Greetings wonderful vendors and sponsors!

Thank you for supporting diversity and equality here in the Ozarks. Your participation in the Greater Ozarks Pridefest June 20st will help continue enriching the Ozarks.

Things you need to know on day of June 20st:

  • Vendor Check-In location is at West Olive St and Booneville Avenue (see map below)
  • You can pay at check-in if you haven’t already. You will then be give your vendor table location
  • Setup beings at 9am. Events will begin at 11am. Have your volunteers there accordingly.

Point of Contact for Day Of:

Wendy Owens – Operation Lead for Day Of

Cell: 417.766.3056 | Email: wendy@glocenter.org

Charles Abernathy – Sponsor and Vendor Support

Cell: 417.693.9592 | Email: Charles@glocenter.org

Please contact us if you have any questions or need certain accommodations. Thank you for your support and see you Saturday June 20th!

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Press Release – 2015 Greater Ozarks Pridefest

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Greater Ozarks Pridefest will be Saturday, June 20, from 11am to 9pm. The 17th Annual Pridefest, a free event, will be held again at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, Missouri. GLO – the Gay and Lesbian Center of the Ozarks sponsors the event.
This year’s theme of “We Are One” is continuing the focus of amplifying the voices of the entire LGBTQ+ community, especially those of transgender individuals, bisexuals, and queer people of all ages. We strive for a LGBT+ community that fully represents our true diversity by empowering and presenting voices that so often are left marginalized.

Pride a community-wide celebration, is a week-long series of free events beginning this past week and continuing Tuesday, June 16 and culminating with Pridefest on Park Central Square on Saturday, June 20. During the week both local and national performers, speakers and sponsors will be bringing their powerful voices for change to the Ozarks.

T-Mobile who set a record for Pride’s financial sponsorship, stated that “T-Mobile is a proud sponsor of this year’s Greater Ozarks PrideFest and we’re thrilled to participate in LGBT pride celebrations across the country – including 26 Pride events in 24 states over the next few months. As the Un-carrier, T-Mobile supports a culture of inclusion and accomplishment where you can bring your full self to work. T-Mobile has a long history of supporting individuality and equality, including our Pride & Allies Network, which builds critical awareness around issues important to our LGBT employees.”

92.9 the Beat FM is proud to present Dev, live in downtown Springfield, June 20 on Park Central Square. 92.9 as well as their DJ’s McClain, Rob and Bailey will be our hosts for the day’s festivities and sponsor of Dev, our headlining artist and free show the evening of Pride on the square. Local band LUX is opening the final concert at 7pm, with Dev following at 8pm. This summers tour as well as the EP release of Bittersweet July and Bittersweet July Pt 2. is very special to Dev, as well as the single “Honey Dip” which is currently playing on Top 40 airwaves.

Fans will remember Dev as the “the multi-talented 25-year old artist, with over 1 million Facebook followers, has 55 million (and counting!) music video plays for “In The Dark” and 45 million music video plays for “Bass Down Low” off her debut album, The Night The Sun Came Up (2012)—not to mention both songs are certified multiplatinum, and her major hit maker, “Like A G6,” reached number one on the Billboard chart and won International Video of the Year‟ at the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards.”

We have so many other musical acts on Saturday June 20, including local drag performers, Greater Ozarks Pridefest Royalty Court, and the MSU Tent Theatre Review Show! We are also excited to have Springfield Skeptics sponsor speaker James Croft to offer up the invocation and lead speech at Park Central Square. You will have a second chance to hear Croft speak as a part of Supportive Sunday at Living Memorial Park near the Springfield Nature Center on Sunday, June 21 at 11:30am.

“James Croft is a Humanist activist who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently finishing his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He works as leader-in-training at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (part of a national movement of Humanist congregations). James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book “The Godless Congregation”, co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.”

We encourage everyone to join our entertainers and sponsors as we walk and continue our Equality March tradition beginning at 11am Saturday morning . We will start our procession and lineup at Chestnut St. and Kimbrough at the Municipal Courthouse. The March will head south across the MLK Jr. Bridge and then head West on St. Louis to the square. Leading our March will be the Nixa GSA, this local Gay-Straight Alliance for night school students just returned from NYC, where they received the national honor of “GSA of the Year.”

The community is invited and encouraged to march with their families, church groups, and community organizations in this mile stretch towards center city. In accordance with the City of Springfield and the Springfield Police Dept., streets will be blocked and participants safely led to march to Park Central Square.

There’s so much more than just Pride on the Square. Whether you are heading to the Moxie Cinema to see a free showing of “To Be Takei” and learn more about Star Trek’s George Takei on Wednesday night (June 17) at 7pm or coming out to our comedy show with headliner Amanda Kerri at Touche Nightclub, Thursday night (June 18) at 7pm, Pride Week really does have something planned for everyone.

RSVP online; to see the full week’s list of activities for the 2014 Greater Ozarks Pridefest: https://www.facebook.com/GreaterOzarksPridefest

We would encourage all interested media to also use the GLADD Media Reference Guide:
http://www.glaad.org/reference

For more information about The Greater Ozarks Pridefest 2015 visit http://glocenter.org/greaterozarkspridefest/.
Please Contact Brandon Landers, Pride Co-Chair at (417) 808-0452 or email at brandon@glcenter.org
For vendor and sponsorship inquiries contact Charles Abernathy, Vice-President of the GLO Center, at (417)693-9592 or email at charles@glocenter.org

 

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Greater Ozarks Pridefest Schedule 2015

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

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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
MIX TBA
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

Sincerely,

The Greater Ozarks Pridefest Committee
Co-Chairs:
Brandon Landers | 417-808-0452 | brandon@glocenter.org
Wendy Owens | wendy@glocenter.org

DEV Live at Greater Ozarks Pridefest June 20

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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: www.glocenter.org/greaterozarkspridefest

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. (http://glocenter.org/). Donations can be made at: http://www.gofundme.com/MSWforGLO

Entertainment Includes:

Live Art via the talented Artists of ‘Make Springfield Weird’!
( More info: www.facebook.com/MakeSpringfieldWeird & www.makespringfieldweird.com/ )

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

–CBug– (House/Tech-House)
More info: https://soundcloud.com/artifaxaudio

–Dj Spiral– (Deep/Tech-House)
More info: www.facebook.com/djSpiral

–Dj Phi– (Positive Intelligent/Liquid DnB)
More info: www.facebook.com/djphi

–Agent Traxxxident — (Eclectic Track Selections)
More info: www.facebook.com/agenttraxxident

(Music Time slots will be released prior to event.)

This day will be documented via the talented Camera/Video work of “Kent & Carolyn Photography”
More info: www.facebook.com/KentAndCarolynPhotos

This is a FREE to everyone, Rain or Shine Event! Donations in benefit of “Springfield GLO” (http://glocenter.org/) can be made here: http://www.gofundme.com/MSWforGLO

-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: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ritter+Springs+Park/@37.279618,-93.34141,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x87c58a279ba92d91:0x8bd524aa3509d24d)

Rules:
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)

 

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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: www.glocenter.org/greaterozarkspridefest

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2014 List of Vendors and Sponsors

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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 Lindsey.Clark@hrc.org

 

Link to the article here


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Pride Film Night – Feb 20th

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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