The Center Project opens in Columbia, Missouri – By Ben Kleine

Columbia – A group of 30 people met in 2003 with the goal of creating a singular meeting place for all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in Columbia. Finally on Saturday, that goal was accomplished with the opening of a small building at 907 E. Ash St.

The Center Project, a nonprofit organization and the name of the meeting location, worked those six years trying to get groups like Prism, a substance-free gay-straight alliance for youth between ages 13 and 19, and PFLAG – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – to work together and acquire enough funding to keep the future center open for at least a year.