Country music star Chely Wright's LIKE
ME non-profit has announced plans to open its first LGBT center in
The 40-year-old singer-songwriter
announced she was a lesbian last year and then went on to fund the
LIKE ME Organization.
“LIKE ME will open the first LGBT
education and community center in Kansas City in 2011,” the
group announced on its website. “The first center will be
opened in the Midwest because there, in Chelys' home state, the needs
for understanding and education are among the greatest in the nation.
Everyone will be welcomed at the LIKE ME Lighthouse and may visit
the center for information, guidance and resources.”
group will also offer up to five $1,250 scholarships.
Wright, who serves as the group's
spokesperson, said the non-profit will focus on preventing LGBT
bullying and teen suicide.
Since coming out, Wright has become one
of the most vocal and visible celebrities advocating for greater
rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
In a recent appearance on the Nate
Berkus Show, Wright
talked to gay teens about coming out.