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Chely Wright’s LIKEME organization to open LGBT center in Kansas City

Friday, March 9, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The LIKEME Organization, founded by out country music artist Chely Wright, will host a grand opening on Saturday for its Lighthouse LGBT community center in Kansas City, it what the group hopes will be the first of several LGBT community centers across the Midwest.

Chely Wright

A spokesperson for the non-profit group said that the choice of Kansas City was because the needs for understanding and education for LGBTQ people are among the greatest in the nation in that section of the country.

Located in the heart of Kansas City, the Lighthouse comes fully equipped with resources, staff, counselors and a sense of community and safety.

Within the Lighthouse, the Community Center provides resources on such topics as the coming out process, gender identity, bullying and other issues the LGBT community faces. When you walk into the door of our 3909 Main Street, Kansas City, MO location you will feel like you are coming home.

Wright, who grew up in the area just 40 miles away in Wellsville, Kan., a small town with a population of fewer than 2,000, said she founded the organization as a way to provide education, assistance, and resources to LGBT teens, their families, and friends.

In 2010, when Wright published her memoir — “Like Me” — she said that the most important part of coming out for her was to lend support to LGBTQ children and teens, and to counter the belief that gays are wicked and defective.

Wright was the first major country music artist to come out as gay since former country artist K.D. Lang who came out in 1992. She married LGBT rights activist Lauren Blitzer on August 20, 2011.

The event will be held at Noon on Saturday.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. SO COOL

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:34pm
  2. <3 Chely Wright.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:35pm
  3. That would be awsome

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:37pm
  4. Thanks for the Great News.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:39pm
  5. Thats good to hear

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:41pm
  6. Thank u chely u are such a wonderful lady and im happy you were able to come out its hard to do as i went thru it being a gay man but u were an inspiration to me and made coming out easier for me thanks chely

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:45pm
  7. VERY NICE!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:49pm
  8. Well done.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:57pm
  9. sweet!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 9:04pm
  10. Great, let’s donate (ahem) tools… to help them deal with Westboro.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:00pm
  11. Awsome it should be great.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:43pm
  12. That’s so heart-warming!

    Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 12:23am
  13. One more courageous person in the world. Thank you!

    Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:19am
  14. she rocks…

    Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 12:00pm