As as a community center, The Center Project hosts a variety of organizations and meetings. Some are directly funded by the Center while others have strong ties with us or use our space as a part of TCP’s larger goal of providing a safe space for LGBTQ individuals to gather.
The Clothing Closet
The Clothing Closet was born out of the need for affordable, gender-confirming clothing for transgender people in MidMissouri. We will also be offering clothes to all queer people in need, whatever the reason may be. The idea is to ease the financial burden of transitioning or coming out for queer and trans people.
There are no rules for who qualifies for clothing. If you fill out the application, you will get clothes!
We also accept donations of clothing and specialty items.
Open: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 6–7 p.m., and by appointment
Each August, Columbia is home to Mid-MO PrideFest is an annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally community in Mid-Missouri. This family-friendly event includes entertainment, food, vendors, information on community organizations and more.
Contact: Jackie Marcink
Parents 4 Parents
Parents 4 Parents is a community for parents and adult family members of LGBTQ identified people of all ages. The group is free and open to all who are seeking support, education, discussion, and community. Parents 4 Parents is an affirming space for LGBTQ+ people and offers understanding and support to those who may be struggling with or striving to embrace their child’s identity.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Calendar
Contact: Christy Hutton
A fun group providing a safe and caring space for LGBTQ+ teenagers. Hang out, and learn about yourself.
Meets: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Calendar
Contact: Mason Aid
A support group for anyone on the transgender spectrum. Normal meetings are open to only those on the spectrum, with quarterly meetings open to allies.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7–8:30 p.m. Calendar
Contact: Tara Marcink or Christianne Benedict
MLAN: Men’s Leadership and Activities Network
MLAN promotes HIV education and prevention as well as healthy relationships for gay and bi men. It’s a great way to meet local guys outside of bars and learn about health in a fun, relaxed, and sex-positive environment. MLAN is run by the Boone County Health Department and open to all gay and bi men.
Meets: 1st and 3rd Monday, Calendar
Contact: Joe Grady
Groups that Meet at the Center
MidMO PolyPeeps is a group dedicated to education, discussion, and support. The meetings are for individuals and groups practicing polyamory, as well as anyone interested in learning more about polyamory, in Mid-Missouri and the surrounding areas. Membership is private, and discretion is practiced.
This is a safe space. Misogyny, racism, and discrimination of any kind are not tolerated here.
Meets: 1st Tuesday of each month, 6–8 p.m.
Prime Timers Mid-Missouri
Prime Timers Mid-Missouri is a local chapter of the Prime Timers World Wide that provides mature gay and bisexual men and their friends with an opportunity to come together for educational, social and recreational activities and fellowship in a supportive atmosphere.
Contact: Email or (660)272–1202