Country singer Chely Wright’s LGBT organization, LIKE ME, will open its first community center in Kansas City in March.
The LIKE ME Organization, founded in 2010, is about fostering inclusion for the LGBT community and preventing suicide and bullying. LIKE ME’s first community center will be known as the Lighthouse and will serve as a safe haven for LGBT people, their families and straight allies.
Here’s a rundown from SheWired about the launch weekend’s events:
Grand opening weekend events are scheduled to begin on Friday, March 9th with a benefit screening and Q&A of Wish Me Away, a documentary about Chely’s coming out story. The screening is set to take placeat the Screenland Crossroads Theater at 6:30pm.
On Saturday, March 10th at noon, the Lighthouse will officially open with a short ribbon cutting ceremony and silent art auction. Celebs including Wright, Hal Sparks, Alan Cumming, and Jennifer Knapp will participate in the LIKE ME Benefit Concert at 7pm at the UMKC Student Union Theater.
And lastly, on Sunday, March 11th, the org will host an open NOH8 photo shoot from 12pm-3pm.
Way to go, Chely. This is really a huge accomplishment.
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”—Harvey Milk (via gaywrites)
“I used to have one granddaughter; now I have two!”—I officially came out to my grandmother today about having a girlfriend whom I love and hope to spend my life with. After months of struggling with it, she accepted me. It gets better. -Camille (via gaywrites)