Links to other university Safe Zone programs/websites
American Psychological Association- Q&A About Sexual Orientation
Bisexual Resource Center
Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
Deaf Queer Resource Center
Gay and Lesbian Arab Society
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
History of Lesbianism
Human Rights Campaign
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Black Justice Coalition
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
What the Bible Says About Homosexuality (Christian perspective)
The following guide contains information about activities, organizations, and other resources specifically geared towards the LGBTQ community. Most of the resources listed are located in or near the St. Louis Metropolitan area; some national organizations are also included. The guide is divided into 5 categories: Social, Publications/Media, Spiritual, Political/Educational, and Supportive. Click on one of the links below to go directly to that section.
BandTogether is a member of LGBA - Lesbian and Gay Band Association. As a volunteer community band, BandTogether provides the opportunity for men and women from diverse backgrounds and playing levels from throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area to join together for music and fun. BandTogether has several public performances each year, including not only standard "sit-and-listen" concerts, but also events such as the annual PrideFest Parade and activities, and our own GetTogether picnics and gatherings. Musicians of all playing abilities are welcome, as well as non-musicians who would like to take an active role in the organization. For those who no longer have their own, we might be able to help you arrange to borrow or rent an instrument.
CHARIS, the St. Louis Women's Chorus
CHARIS is a lesbian chorus open to all women. We differ in age, size, ethnic background, and abilities, but we share a goal to seek musical excellence, voice messages of social justice, and create a fun and supportive place for all women.
Saint Louis Frontrunners is a non-competitive club for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Straight-Allied (GLBTS) runners and walkers of all abilities. Membership in SLFR is open to all. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Forest Park at the Visitor and Education Center (formerly known as the Lindell Pavilion). We are inside during the winter and outside just east of the building during the summer. Special runs are held on the first Saturday of each month at different locations.
Gateway Men's Chorus
The Gateway Men's Chorus has become one of the most successful and long-lived performing arts organizations in St. Louis. GMC's mission is to produce beautiful male choral music and to present a positive image of gay men to the entire St. Louis community. The Gateway Men's Chorus is proud to be a member of GALA Choruses, an international association of 160 gay and lesbian affirming choruses which are as diverse as the communities they represent.
Gateway Squares is St.Louis' LGBT square dancing club where all are welcome. Lessons start each mid-September. Dances will be held the first Tuesday of each month starting November 2005. Participants don't need a partner, it's a variety of music, clothing is casual, it's an alcohol free environment, no special dancing skills are needed, it's easy to learn. Participants have lots of laughs while meeting new friends and exercising.
IGLOO - International Gay & Lesbian Outdoor Organizations
IGLOO, the International Gay & Lesbian Outdoors Organization, is the largest all-volunteer lesbigay outdoors network. Our membership is comprised of over 100 groups worldwide (and growing) which sponsor high adventure outdoor activities. Our chapters organize a wide variety of activities, each offering a comfortable setting in which to meet new people and develop lasting friendships in a healthy environment. Whether you seek the quiet serenity of a day hike or the fellowship of a group campout, our mission is to promote friendship, enjoyment, and appreciation of the outdoors through high adventure outdoor sports. Member groups swap newsletters and ideas and periodically join in combined activities. Who said coming out would be boring? It doesn't have to be.
Lesbian Book Reading Group/Gay Men's Book Reading Group
The Lesbian Reading Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month (generally--always check the schedule) at the Left Bank Books bookstore. The group is facilitated by co-owner Kris Kleindienst. The discussion group is free and open to lesbians and friends of the lesbian community. The Left Bank Books Gay Men's Reading Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (generally--always check the schedule) at the bookstore. The discussion group is free and open to gay men and friends of the GLBT community.
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Avenue
Open Doors is a social group open to bisexuals, gays, lesbians and transgendered people of all ages. The group is designed to provide a comfortable environment for people who are just coming out or who are already out in the community to socialize and network with one another. For more information please call:
(314) 645-6451 ex. #212
The Midwest's Largest Gay Float Trip! The event takes place on the 3rd weekend of July every year. The website contains information about the float and how to register for the event.
PRIZM is UMSL's Queer/Straight Student Alliance. The purpose of PRIZM is to provide a visible and positive voice for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally (GLBTA) community on campus. Our membership is composed of all sexual orientations and is committed to defeating negative GLBT stereotypes and gaining GLBT equality by hosting social events, providing education to others about GLBT issues and being actively involved in the UMSL and St. Louis GLBT communities.
The Rainbow RV club is dedicated to providing a support network for the gay and lesbian camping and RV community.
Show Me St. Louis Classic
Show Me St. Louis Classic is a gay/lesbian bowling tournament held in St. Louis each Labor Day weekend since 1984. Proceeds are donated to LGBT/AIDS organizations.
Gay St. Louis
Gaystlouis.com focuses on providing a resource to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans community of St. Louis and the surrounding region.
The Midwest Times
The Midwest Times is a free publication, distributed each week throughout Missouri and Kansas. Midwest Times' primary goal is to present a pride positive publication that entertains and informs.
Out in St. Louis
Out in St. Louis is a website full of online resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people living in St. Louis
Advertisers in the Pride Pages directory are businesses, individuals, and organizations which welcome gay and lesbian clientele. They are predominantly, but not exclusively, gay owned, operated, and/or staffed. The directory also includes a community resource guide, grouped by categories.
The Vital Voice
The Vital Voice is the bi-weekly regional newspaper serving the Midwestern Gay and Lesbian community.
Bethel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Bethel Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, welcoming people of all sexual orientations. Services are held at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.
7001 Forsyth at Big Bend
University City, MO 63105
Central Reform Congregation
Central Reform Congregation represents the coming together of a diverse and inclusive group of individuals who accept the responsibility of maintaining a community of respect and friendship. Through the study of Jewish texts, both ancient and modern, we join together to address questions relevant to the quality of our lives and the lives of all humankind. We seek equal roles for men and women and welcome members of interfaith backgrounds, Jews by choice, members of the gay and lesbian community, singles, and people of all ages. Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday mornings at 10:00.
5020 Waterman Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is an Oasis (Episcopal) congregation, that welcomes everyone to the Lord's table. Jesus extends an invitation to all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation. For more than 30 years, we have embraced GLBTQ brothers and sisters in Christ as part of our family of faith. Together, we have strived for justice and healing, respecting the dignity of all human beings. GLBTQ persons proclaim the Gospel in virtually every area of our life together as teachers, healers, ministers and servants.
1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, Mo., 63103
Phone (314) 231-3454
Compton Heights Christian Church
An Open and Affirming congregation of the Christian Church (Discples of Christ)
2149 South Grand
St. Louis, MO 63104
Evangelical United Church of Christ
Evangelical United Church of Christ welcomes all who seek to experience the healing and unconditional grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and invites each to participate and lead in our common life. Endeavoring to maintain the unity of the Holy Spirit in the bond of peace, we are open to and affirming of each child of God, recognizing that we are called to be as one reconciled Body with members of every race, gender identity, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, class, age, and physical or mental health and ability. Worship services are held Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11:00.
204 East Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119
First Unitarian Church of St. Louis
The congregation at First Unitarian Church brings together a wide diversity of beliefs and backgrounds. We have chosen to share our religious journey not only in spite of, but because of, the differences we bring to our spiritual search. Our primary objective is to sustain a humanizing community of concern in which deep, troubling questions may be fearlessly addressed, the mind freed, and the soul nourished. We strive to be a caring community, supportive of the individuals within, involved in the world without. Sunday morning services are held at 9:30 and 11:00.
5007 Waterman Blvd.- in the Central West End.
Reconciling works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations. We provide a place of comfort and safety. We reach out to teach that Christ's message, the Gospel, is for everyone equally. We call for the blessing of committed and covenanted same-gender relationships, and for the ordination of those called to minister.
Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis
Known as the "Human Rights Church", we come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, and are as diverse as the city of St. Louis itself. And, by the way, we are not only "gay and lesbian," but straight, bisexual, transgendered, old, young, you name it! Together, we work actively for social justice. For example, while our community support ministries are working to feed the homeless, our social justice ministry team is working to end homelessness. We provide support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and are a safe and pozitive place for people to worship and be in community.
1919 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63104
Transfiguration Episcopal Church
Transfiguration, an Oasis Congregation, is a vibrant, caring community of families, singles, young and old. We are both traditional and contemporary. There are no outcasts here. We encourage diversity for we find it a source of vitality in the proclamation of the Love of God. Worship times are 8:00 and 10:15, Sunday mornings.
1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367
Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church is an Oasis Congregation, making a special effort to meet the spiritual needs of gays and lesbians, and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all. Services are held on Sunday mornings at 8:00 and 10:30.
600 N. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Deaf Queer Resource Center
The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities.
Families Like Mine
Families Like Mine is a web site dedicated to decreasing isolation for people who have parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), and bringing voice to the experiences of these families.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.
Human Rights Campaign
HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. As America's largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies.
1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
Human Rights Campaign- St. Louis
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005-3904
Log Cabin Republicans
Log Cabin Republicans are committed to promoting an inclusive Republican Party at all levels, and to promoting Republican principles and candidates within the gay and lesbian community.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
NGLTF is the national progressive organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. www.ngltf.org
P-FLAG St. Louis (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and almost 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families, and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. (314) 821-FLAG (3524) (local chapter)
Pride St. Louis
Pride St. Louis, Inc. is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the general public of the presence of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered individuals in the community in an effort to eliminate prejudice and achieve harmony. Pride St. Louis brings PrideFest every year to St. Louis during the month of June. They also organize various events throughout the year, ranging from drag shows to charity functions. The organization meets throughout the year on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month and every Monday between April and June with a break right after PrideFest. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church on the corner of Washington & Euclid in the Central West End. (Enter from Washington). Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours.
PROMO was founded in 1986 as the Privacy Rights Education Project, a grassroots membership organization that fights for the privacy rights of all Missourians. We focus most of our efforts on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2001 we became PROMO, and we continue to protect and expand the Personal Rights of Missourians.
438 N. Skinker Blvd
PO Box 300397
St. Louis, MO 63130
(877) 511-7737 (toll free)
The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.
St. Louis Black Pride
To serve as a resource for the St. Louis Metropolitan Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and be a catalyst for unity, empowerment, and pride through delivery of education and outreach activities.
P O Box 4854
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Stonewall is America's only grassroots Democratic LGBT organization. We focus on creating change in three ways: educating the LGBT community about the differences between the political parties; mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when Republicans attack our families and our civil rights while we lead the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to our community.
Gateway Stonewall Democrats
www.stonewalldemocrats.org (national organization)
UMSL Counseling Services
Counseling Services provides personal counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation services for the UMSL community. Initial appointments are free of charge for currently-enrolled UMSL students; there is a small per-session fee for any subsequent appointments.
University Health Services- UMSL
University Health Services offers a variety of services. We treat minor injuries and illnesses. We provide screening exams, immunizations, pregnancy testing, well-woman exams, and urinalysis. UHS also provides education materials, outreach programs, and activities on a variety of health-related issues. These activities are for the purpose of providing information, raising awareness, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
131 Millennium Student Center
Wellness Resource Center- UMSL
Staffed by the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Prevention, the Wellness Resource Center provides educational brochures, books, and videos to promote responsible decision-making. A variety of programs and outreach activities are sponsored by the Wellness Resource Center. These include: smoking cessation consultation, classes and support groups, alcohol issues support groups, sexual assault awareness, and Safe Spring Break. The Wellness Resource Center coordinates the Partners in Prevention Program for the campus.
180 Millennium Student Center
Available weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm. Providing emotional support, referral resources, and education.
Anti-Violence Advocacy Project (AVAP)
The AVAP has an information line where you can find LGBT/Queer-friendly safe support and services. Whether you're a victim of partner abuse, have experienced hate-related violence, or just have a question about services for LGBTQ persons, give us a call!
Bisexual Alliance of St. Louis (BASL)
The Bisexual Alliance of St. Louis, or BASL, is a social/support group that discusses bisexuality as a normal part of everyday life. Their goal is to develop a sense of support and community within the St. Louis region. Speakers are available.
Community Psychological Service
Community Psychological Service is a non-profit outpatient mental health center established at UMSL for the purpose of providing professional services to individuals, families, and agencies in St. Louis and its surrounding communities. CPS provides a range of professional services, including counseling to individuals, couples, and families, as well as psychological assessments.
232 Stadler Hall
Family Tree is a large, St. Louis-based group of gays and lesbians who are parents or who are considering parenting. We meet once each month at a child-friendly local attraction for socializing and support/discussion. We have been meeting now for over 5 years and consist of a variety of different families.
GLBT Helpline (all ages); Peer Listening Line (25 and under)
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Helpline, along with the youth-only Peer Listening Line is a program of Fenway Community Health in Boston MA. Its mission is to provide anonymous information, referrals, and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) callers via our toll free, anonymous, nationwide phone number. Volunteers who are 25 years old or younger staff the Peer Line but the Helpline has volunteers of all ages.
GLBT Helpline: (888) 340-GLBT
Peer Listening Line: (800) 399-PEER
Life Crisis Hotline
24 hour a day, 7 day a week crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and referral service hotline.
(314) 647-HELP (4357)
PAWS St. Louis (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
PAWS/STL, a tax-exempt non-profit organization serving the St. Louis area, is dedicated to helping people with HIV/AIDS keep their pets. Among the many stresses and traumas faced by people diagnosed with AIDS is one that often goes unnoticed - the necessity of giving up a beloved pet owing to extended hospital stays and the expense and sheer physical effort involved in arranging pet care. Added to this is the problem of securing a good home for the pet. All pet owners can relate to the horror of having a beloved cat or dog sent to the pound. Now these fears are being addressed by PAWS as one way of brightening and easing the lives of our friends with HIV/AIDS and providing compassionate assistance to the animals themselves.
Reach St. Louis
Reach St. Louis, formerly known as Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS, is a community organization focused on HIV-related counseling, testing, educational outreach, and prevention.
625 N. Euclid
Suite 320 B
St. Louis, MO 63108
St. Louis Anti-Violence Project
Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Community. We provide a compassionate phone line for confidential reporting of LGBT and HIV-related hate and bias crime, sexual assault, and domestic violence. It is our role to document calls, provide referrals, intervention and advocacy.
(314) 367-4AVP (4287)
St. Louis Effort For AIDS
The mission of St. Louis Effort for AIDS is to provide education on prevention of HIV infection and comprehensive support services to those affected by HIV/AIDS.
1027 S. Vandeventer
St. Louis, MO 63110
St. Louis Gender Foundation
The Saint Louis Gender Foundation (StLGF) is a resource group of, by, and for crossdressers, transgenderists, transsexuals, androgynous individuals, and those who care about them. The organization reaches out to all "gender questioning" adults and significant others regardless of race, religion, biological sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. By providing a nurturing atmosphere, we encourage personal growth and self-acceptance, and provide opportunities for making new friends.
PO Box 9103
St. Louis, MO 63117
St. Louis Transgendered Support Group