Resources for LGBTQ Young People in Kansas City

The solstice has passed, and daylight is waxing. The holidays are over, and students are returning to school. Valentine’s Day is coming up.
Although these facts are reasons for some to celebrate, for others they can be sources of anxiety and depression. If you are an LGBTQ young person going back to an unwelcoming school environment, you might not be looking forward to spring semester. For some youth, finding safety at home can also be challenging. Those with LGBTQ-averse living environments might find themselves in need of immediate shelter from abuse or harsh weather.
In the Kansas City area, we have many resources for LGBTQ youth. Organizational missions range from crisis intervention to social interaction to activism. Five years ago, there were several highly publicized LGBTQ youth suicides throughout the country. At that time, Camp magazine compiled a list of resources for queer youth. We have updated that list below and a supplemental list can be found HERE.
Besides crisis intervention, local groups can be means for socializing, education, advocacy, prevention and performance. The It Gets Better Project (itgetsbetter.org) is one organization that got a lot of media coverage and engaged celebrities in promoting the idea of optimism about LGBTQ youth. To see how it’s marking its fifth anniversary, visit the website.
HOTLINES, SAFE PLACES, APPS
If you or a loved one are in imminent physical danger, either from yourself or from others, call 911.
The Trevor Project
thetrevorproject.org
866-488-7386
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention nationally to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Text or chat with trained volunteers.
Synergy Services 24-hour Youth Crisis Line
synergyservices.org
816-741-8700 or 888-233-1639
Synergy Services is a local (Parkville, Mo.) organization that provides a wide range of services. It is part of the
National Safe Place Network (nationalsafeplace.org), a program for youth in need of immediate help and safety. Safe places may include libraries, youth centers, fire stations, public buses and various businesses. In the greater Kansas City area, QuikTrip convenience stores are designated safe sites for at-risk youth.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
800-273-8255
The MY3 app (my3app.org), which helps an at-risk person stay connected with three trusted individuals, is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
KnowBullying (store.samhsa.gov/apps/knowbullying/) is an app designed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
LOCAL SOCIALIZING, ACTIVISM,PREVENTION &amp

Bradley Osborn

Brad has been writing for Camp since 2004. His beat is mostly local features and general LGBT news. Common topics have included youth, faith and community. Although he holds an M.A. in journalism, he primarily considers himself to be a chemist, having studied and worked in biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quality assurance and the production of educational science texts. He's laconic, unintentionally enigmatic and often facetious. He enjoys irony, as well as things – but not animals, apparently – that are simultaneously beautiful and utilitarian. He and his cat, Charlie Parker, reside in downtown Kansas City, Mo. If you have a story idea for Brad, send him a note at bosborn@campkc.com.

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