Missouri's fifth-largest city, Columbia, is also one of the progressive hubs of the state, home as it is to the University of Missouri. Informally nicknamed "CoMo," this city of about 120,000 lies roughly midway between Kansas City and St. Louis and just 30 miles north of the Missouri state capital, Jefferson City. Like many large university towns, Columbia is anchored by a pedestrian-friendly, eclectic downtown rife with cafes, bars, restaurants, and indie shops - this is also where the annual Columbia Gay Pride celebration, known officially as Mid-Missouri PrideFest, takes place in late August.
The celebration takes place in downtown Columbia at Rose Music Hall, formerly known as Mojo's, and features R&B/soul sensation Maxine Nightingale, the Big House Drag Show, Pride Idol, community vendors. and more
Columbia MO Gay Resources
Although there's no LGBT newspaper in Columbia, there are LGBT papers elsewhere in Missouri that do have some coverage of the middle of the state. In St. Louis, look to the Vital Voice, Outrage Magazine, and Boom LGBT; Kansas City is home of Camp KC newspaper.
For information on travel in the region, take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.