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Today: Chely Wright Opens Kansas City LGBT Community Center

Chely-WrightWell -- technically it's a center for youth who are questioning their sexuality, but these kids will probably figure themselves out quickly enough. Maybe they'll stick around.

Chely Wright is the nu-country singer of hits "Shut Up And Drive" and "Single White Female" who came out of the closet in 2010 and shortly thereafter married her partner, the activist Lauren Blitzer. She decided to open the LIKEME Lighthouse, as it's called, because she grew up not far from Kansas City and remembers well the difficulties of coming of age in an area without resources for LGBT teens. From the Washington Post:

“This just gives so much hope to these outlying areas, that your major metropolitan area has a gay and lesbian center,” said Wright, who married LGBT activist Lauren Blitzer last summer. “That would have meant everything to me had I been a kid growing up in Wellsville, knowing that there is a beautiful facility in our major city, that that was OK.

LIKEME Lighthouse's ribbon-cutting ceremony is today at noon, and opening festivities continue into the evening with performances by Wright, Alan Cumming, and others. Lighthouse's website is up and fully operational, but it doesn't seem like the center's yet fleshed out its programming. The facility will be open, presumably for drop-ins, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on most days, but what teens will be able to do once they arrive hasn't yet been decided. Maybe Lighthouse is waiting on volunteers?

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  1. I don't think thosAm I the only sourpuss that thinks they better have a really good security system set up with lots of cameras.. I don't think those big windows are long for this world.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Mar 10, 2012 12:47:44 PM


  2. This article is incorrect. It's not an lgbt youth center but an lgbt community center.

    Posted by: T | Mar 10, 2012 4:07:48 PM


  3. Adam and Jeff will also be doing a NOH8 campaign photo shoot. Bring a white t-shirt, like in the other photos. It will be from Noon till 3, but they will stay later. Also the cost is $40 for a solo shot and $25/person for a group shot.

    Posted by: AidenRaccoon | Mar 10, 2012 4:47:00 PM


  4. Congratulations Kansas City LGBT folks and their straight allies. We have a great LGBTQ youth center in Phila.Pa called The Attic. They have been in operation for quite a few years. They might be able to give you some advice on running your center.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 11, 2012 11:10:23 PM


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