Country music star Chely Wright's LIKE ME non-profit has announced plans to open its first LGBT center in Kansas City

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.”

The 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.