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.

2014 Missouri Fall HIgh School Regional GSA Summits

This year the Missouri GSA Network is hosting 6 Fall summits across the state of Missouri, 5 regional High School Summits and 1 Statewide College Summit.

Facebook Event:

Sep 6 at 10:00am to Oct 25th at 4:00pm

These summits are gathering of students, non students, faculty, and staff and community supporters from Missouri’s high schools, middle schools and colleges designed to empower LGBT Queer and Ally students leadership in Missouri’s education system.

All Summits run from 10am- 4pm
Lunch provided

Find the one that works best for you and register today for one or many of the High School GSA Summits:

Find out more about the Missouri Show Me Pride College Summit:

St. Louis Area GSAs- September 6th-
Schlafly Branch Library in the Central West
225 N Euclid Ave, St Louis, MO 63108

Kansa City GSAs- September 13th-
UMKC Student Union Room 401
5100 Cherry, KC MO 64110

Show me Pride College Summit- September 27th-
MU Student Center, Lower Level,
University of Missouri Campus, Columbia, MO

Central MO GSAs – September 28th-
MU Student Center, Lower Level,
University of Missouri Campus, Columbia, MO

Southeast MO High School GSAs- Oct 4th
Cape Public Library
711 N. Clark, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

Southwest MO High School GSAs- October 18th-
GLo Community Center
518 E Commercial St. Springfield, MO 65801

Thanks so much to all the partner organizations who have worked with us to make these possible: LGBT Resource Center of MU, Partners in Prevention, Equal Youth Center, UMKC LGBT Resource Center, GLO Community Center, St. Louis and Cape Girardeau Public Library

For questions contact:

Show Me Marriage Launch Party in Springfield

Wednesday, August 6 at 6:00pm

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!