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ABOUT THE GLO CENTER

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The GLO Center Serves the LGBTQIA community in the Ozarks through support, resources, education, and advocacy, to create a more inclusive and welcoming community where all can thrive. With the help of our allies, GLO strives to make a positive impact on the community at large.

The GLO Center 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 LGBTQIA+ community in the Springfield and the Ozarks region in Missouri.

Become a member today to help sustain Missouri's longest-running LGBTQIA+ community center!

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Springfield LGBTQIA+ community history

History of the glo center

A group of local leaders recognized a need to establish a safe place for the entire LGBTQIA+ community to meet, receive support, and share resources; together they founded GLO in 1996. GLO is now the oldest operating LGBTQIA+ center in Missouri and is the only LGBTQIA+ center in southwest Missouri. GLO is staffed by volunteers and is open weekly to offer support groups, events, and a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ population. The GLO Center is governed by a Board of Directors, whose 13 members are elected to three-year terms and may serve for three consecutive terms. Volunteers are organized into committees, where they can hone leadership skills and meld their passions with the mission of GLO.

OUr Team

Arianna
Beckham

Co-President

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Caleb
Gentry

Treasurer

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Alex
Neville-Verdugo

Parliamentarian

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Amy
Hoogstraet

Youth Coordinator

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Amy

Dani
Lacio

Ozarks Inclusion Project Coordinator

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Dani

Courtney
Pinkham-Martin

Event Coordinator

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Courtney

Linda
Leicht

Community Liaison

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Linda

Dr. Caitlin
Davies

Secretary

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Caitlin

Megan
Block

Board Member

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Megan
Baldridge

Board Member

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Lexi
Mason

Board Member

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Lexi

George
Cherry

Board Member

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George

Holland
Wilson

Board Member

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Kyler
Sherman-Wilkins

Board Member

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Upcoming Events

NEW GLO Young Adult Group (Ages 18-25)

What: Facilitated by Lou Hood. Come join us for opportunities to socialize and learn what you can do to participate in your community more actively!
When: Every first and third Thursdays beginning August 4. Open 4-9pm, meeting at 6pm.
Where: The GLO Center

GLO Youth's Neon Wasteland Prom

What: A prom where ANY youth aged 12-20 is welcome! Admission is $10 cash or 5 canned goods at the door, which will be donated to a food pantry. All proceeds benefit The GLO Youth Group!
When: Saturday, August 13 from 6-9pm
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church

Queen City Queer Night | Bark Yard Hangout

What: This month’s QUEEN CITY QUEER NIGHT will be at Bark Yard and feature live music from Shaun Munday! This event will be an amazing night of queer celebration. We can’t wait to see you there! Don’t forget to pre-register your pups!
When: Saturday, August 20 from 7-9pm
Where: Bark Yard, 3110 E Cherry St

Rainbow Kids Back-to-School Pool Party!

What: We have reserved the Nixa Aquatic Center for a PRIVATE pool party for LGBTQ+ kids aged 5-11. Admission is free!
When: Sunday, August 21 from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Nixa Aquatic Center

GLO's Big Gayrage Sale & Queer Marketplace

What: We are needing donated items for the Gayrage Sale to sell and raise funds! All proceeds benefit The GLO Center programming. The Queer Marketplace is a small farmer’s market layout featuring local queer-owned businesses of all kinds.
When: Saturday, August 27, 8am – 3pm
Where: The GLO Center Parking Lot & Garden