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.

Check out the 2014 Pride Guide

Click the link below and check the 2014 Greater Ozarks Pridefest Pride Guide:

Pride Guide 2014


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Amber Norgaard At Greater Ozarks Pridefest

The talented Amber Norgaard will be at the Greater Ozarks Pridefest Saturday June 21st, performing at 2pm. Check her out!Norgaard, Amber BC FRONT 2010

Pride Schedule 2014

Pride Postcard_front Pride Postcard_backNight Life Events on June 20th:
10:45pm – bar close | Touche Night Club Presents: The Return of Dirty Dorothy (Facebook)
Night Life Events on June 21st:

10pm – bar close | Mix Ultralounge
10pm – bar close | Touche Night Club Presents
11pm – bar close | Martha’s Vineyard (Facebook)

Greater Ozarks Pridefest Equality March


equalitymarch2014_VER2_SmallThe Greater Ozarks Pridefest invites the Ozarks to #BeTheChange.

Equality March Line Up: 11am (Chestnut St and Benton Ave)

Equality March Start: 11:30am (South on Benton Ave then east on St. Louis Street to Park Central Square)

The Equality March will be a mile long, with every participant’s mile going to Joe’s Walk For Change. This year the March is a community call to protect ALL children from bullying; especially lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questions, queer and intersex youth (LGBTQQI).

We are honored to be joining forces with Joe’s Walk for Change. Here is his story:

Joe set off on foot across the United States after losing his son, Jadin, to suicide. Jadin was bullied relentlessly for being gay, both in school and online. After this terrible loss Joe figured he had two choices, lay down and give up or stand up and walk. Follow Joe on his journey across the United States as he changes the way people communicate, ends the stigma of suicide and fights for equal rights for everyone.

We encourage our community to tell our youth they are “never alone, never unloved” by walking in this year’s Greater Ozarks Equality March.

Organizations and businesses who wish to walk with their banners or promotional materials are required to pay a fee ($50 non-profit | $75 for-profit) and will need to fill out a sponsor and vendor application (see link below). This fee will also give you a booth at Pridefest. This will be enforced unless arrangements are made prior. Thanks for your support!

Please contact for more information
Charles Abernathy

Information Map


More information on

Joe’s Walk For Change

LGBTQQI Youth Resource

Anti-Bullying Resources







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