Join the revolution!

While Pridefest is a celebration of our community, it is also important to remember that Pride began as a revolutionary protest. Ozarks Pridefest and the GLO Center is committed to continuing on this legacy of revolutionary advocacy. We hope you will join us in supporting liberation for all during pride season and beyond.

We have curated a list of organizations you can check out if you would like to become part of the revolution for social, political, and economic equality of all. Many of these organizations work specifically with LGBTQIA+ people and/or are advocates for the community as part of their broader mission. There are many ways to support these organizations such as donating, signing up to volunteer, joining their mailing lists, attending their events/protests/advocacy missions, or simply by following and sharing their content on social media to spread the word.

There are a number of amazing organizations doing revolutionary work in the greater Ozarks region. Local charities are great for directly supporting your community, building community connections, and for providing local volunteer opportunities.

  • APO (Aids Project of the Ozarks)
    • APO is a community-based provider of healthcare for those with HIV. They also provide testing, preventative care, and educational services.
    • https://apo-ozarks.org
  • Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project
    • Launched by the Campaign for Southern Equality, the STYEP provides rapid services and support for families of youth impacted by anti-transgender healthcare bans in the South (including here in MO).
    • https://southernequality.org/styep/
  • PFLAG (Springfield, MO Chapter)
    • PFLAG is a national organization supporting parents and allies of LGBTQIA+ youth. They also provide scholarships to local students.
    • https://pflagswmo.org
  • Ujima
    • Ujima does important work in the community by providing opportunities to increase language and literacy skills for children from birth to age 11.
    • https://www.ujimamo.org/giving
  • Peace at Home Family Shelter (Northwest Arkansas)
  • Ozarks Food Harvest
    • LGBTQIA+ folks are significantly more likely to deal with food and housing insecurity. The Ozarks Food Harvest provides millions of meals to all those in need each month.
    • https://ozarksfoodharvest.org
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks
    • CPO provides a number of community focused services throughout the Ozarks including crisis cold weather shelters of which The GLO Center
    • https://cpozarks.org
  • All Things Black Springfield, MO
    • One way to be revolutionary is with your wallet. Research shows minority owned businesses experience discrimination and other barriers. ATBS is a directory of black owned businesses in Springfield, MO.
    • https://www.allthingsblacksgf.com/index.html
  • American Indian Center Springfield, MO (AICS)
    • AICS holds workshops, gatherings, and lectures, while implementing cultural and educational resources that will bring public awareness in cooperation with the native American community.
    • https://www.aicspringfield.org
  • The Connecting Grounds
  • Trans Lifelife
    • Trans Lifeline is a trans-led helpline that provides emergency emotional and financial support to trans people.
    • https://translifeline.org
  • The Trevor Project
    • The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQIA+ young people. They provide an emergency helpline as well as other services for queer young people.
    • https://www.thetrevorproject.org
  • LGBT Hotline
    • The LGBT National Help Center provides free and confidential support, information, and local resources through national hotlines and online programs. They have dedicated hotlines for coming out, youth (up to 25 years old), and seniors, as well as a general national hotline.
    • https://lgbthotline.org
  • True Colors United
  • GLSEN
    • GLSEN advise, advocate for, and research policies designed to protect LGBTQIA+ students.
    • https://www.glsen.org
  • The Point Foundation: LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
  • Black Trans Travel Fund
  • The OKRA Project
  • Trans Owned
    • Trans Owned is a directory of businesses owned by trans and non-binary individuals. Queer business owners face discrimination and barriers. Supporting trans owned businesses helps these businesses survive and thrive.
    • http://transowned.co
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
  • Blind LGBT Pride International
    • BPI is part of the American Council of the Blind and has a mission to promote awareness, inclusion, and well-being of blind and visually impaired LGBTQIA+ people.
    • https://blindlgbtpride.org
  • Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Keshet: For LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life
  • Rainbow Railroad
    • The Rainbow Railroad helps at-risk LGBTQIA+ people worldwide get to safety. This year alone over 4,000 people have requested help.
    • https://www.rainbowrailroad.org
  • The International Rescue Committee
    • The IRC works with local organizations to provide support including urgent medical supplies, food, and safe water to people living in conflict zones worldwide.
    • https://www.rescue.org
  • The Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund
    • The PCRF provides food, baby formula, and other relief resources to children impacted by the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
    • https://www.pcrf.net
  • Doctor’s Without Borders
    • Doctors without Borders provides important impartial medical humanitarian assistance to the people who are impacted by conflict, disease outbreaks, and disasters.
    • https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
  • The Rainbow Book Bus
  • Unite Against Book Bans
  • Hope in a Box
    • Hope in a Box equips K-12 educators with LGBT-inclusive curricula, training, and mentorship helping classrooms become more accepting and inclusive for all kids.
    • https://www.hopeinabox.org
  • Books Unbanned: Brooklyn Public Library National Teen eCard
  • PROMO
    • PROMO is a Missouri-wide political advocacy organization that advocates on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • https://promoonline.org
  • Transgender Law Center
  • NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund
  • National Black Justice Coalition
    • The NBJC is a civil rights organization that advocates on behalf of the Black LGBTQIA+ community. Their mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQIA+ bias and stigma.
    • https://nbjc.org
  • Human Rights Commission
  • The Marsha P. Johnson Institute
    • The MPJI protects and defends the human rights of black transgender people in the U.S.
    • https://marshap.org
  • National LGBTQ Task Force
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
    • Astraea supports queer activists and artists around the globe. They raise and distribute funds to programs led by and for diverse constituencies with a focus on groups led by lesbians and queer women.
    • https://www.astraeafoundation.org
  • GLMA: Heath Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality
    • GLMA is an organization of health professionals who work to ensure health equity for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • https://www.glma.org
  • The LGBTQ Freedom Fund
    • The Freedom Fund pays bail to secure the safety and liberty of individuals in jail and immigration detention. They also work to address the over-policing of LGBTQ individuals.
    • https://www.lgbtqfund.org
  • Immigration Equality
    • Immigration Equality works to secure safe haven, freedom, and equality for the LGBTQIA+ and HIV-positive communities. They provide legal services, policy advocacy, and support immigrations facing discrimination based on their LGBTQIA+ or HIV-positive status.
    • https://immigrationequality.org
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
    • The SPLC advocates for racial justice in the South and beyond, working to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.
    • https://www.splcenter.org
  • The National Network of Abortion Funds
    • The National Network of Abortion Funds is a network of 100 different funds that support people seeking abortion access.
    • https://abortionfunds.org

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