LIKEME Lighthouse opens LGBT education, community center in KC - KCTV5

LIKEME Lighthouse opens LGBT education, community center in KC

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A place of comfort and hope will soon be available for the LGBT community in Kansas City and a well-known country singer with local ties is behind it.

This weekend will be a big one for all involved in the new LIKEME Lighthouse building at 39th and Main Street. The organization is a safe haven for the LGBT community and their straight allies.

Country music star Chely Wright, who is also a Kansas native, founded the organization.

LIKEME will offer educational resources on the coming out process, bullying and gender identity. The organization will offer STD tests and health screening as well as a suicide prevention line.

Wright was the first country music star to come out as a lesbian and a documentary called "Wish Me Away" details her journey. The story follows Wright through her three year preparation to coming out publicly.

There is a screening of the documentary Friday evening but tickets are sold out. The screening is in anticipation for the LIKEME Lighthouse's grand opening this weekend.

Saturday at noon there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and silent art auction. A benefit concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the UMKC Student Union Theater.

On Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., there will be an open NOH8 campaign photo shoot at the LIKEME Lighthouse.

The organization will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

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