Updated: February 1, 2016
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
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
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
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 & PERFORMANCE
Kansas City Passages
Meets at: Trinity United Methodist Church, 620 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Passages offers a safe, drug-free and hate-free space for LGBTQ youth to be their authentic selves. On Wednesday nights, area community groups provide dinner and structured programming. Passages participates or hosts other events, such as its annual prom. Youth aged 14-20 are welcome.
Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders (EQUAL)
EQUAL is Kansas City’s gay-straight alliance (GSA) network. It brings together mostly high school-aged youth for events a few times a year, including empowerment summits and Day of Silence functions. Its activities are youth-led.
Lawrence Queer Youth Voice (LQYV)
785-274-9834 (texts only)
LQYV “is a youth-led trans and queer organization in Lawrence, Kansas, that provides a safe space and an outlet for youth activism.”
3911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
LIKEME Lighthouse is the brick-and-mortar community center associated with country singer Chely Wright’s LIKEME organization. It hosts and sponsors a large number of events, for all ages. Check the calendar at the website for details, and get involved.
PROMO is Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, working in communities and the state legislature toward equality for all. Historically, youth have led as citizen-lobbyists on Equality Day at the Capitol.
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP)
4050 Pennsylvania St., Suite 135, Kansas City, Mo.
KCAVP is the area’s anti-violence group that serves the LGBTQ community, including young people. It works with and for youth to help keep them safe.
KC Care Clinic
3515 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
Good Samaritan Project (GSP)
3030 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo.
KC Care Clinic and GSP are local AIDS Service Organizations that frequently offer peer support and targeted prevention activities, some of which could include LGBTQ youth.
Through POKC, LGBTQ youth can safely express themselves in musical performance and other creative endeavors.
KC Public Library Central Youth Services
14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo. and KC Library Teens
The Tenth Voice
The Tenth Voice is Kansas City’s weekly LGBTQ public affairs, news and entertainment radio show, which airs at 1 p.m. Saturdays on KKFI-FM (90.1).
GLSEN works both nationally and locally to combat anti-LGBTQ discrimination, harassment and bullying in K-12 schools. It helps to start and maintain gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in these schools. Its initiatives include Day of Silence, Ally Week and No Name-Calling Week. GLSEN conducts and publishes research to document the educational conditions of LGBTQ youth.
Missouri GSA Network
The Missouri GSA Network serves as a link among the GSAs (gay-straight alliances) within the state, providing support and training and even helping new GSAs get off the ground. The group has hosted regional GSA summits across the state and works deliberately with related issues like racial justice actions and awareness of the school-to-prison pipeline. It cooperates with the national GSA Network (gsanetwork.org).
(Smaller area colleges are included in a supplemental list.)
UMKC and KU, the area’s two largest public universities, both have institutional offices dedicated to LGBTQ students. In addition to regular meetings and events that engage LGBTQIA students and the public, specific groups for persons of color and transgender students recur frequently. Contact the programs for details.
UMKC and KU also have collegiate GSAs that vary in their activity.
UMKC Pride Alliance
FAMILIES & FAITH
PFLAG-KC is the local chapter of PFLAG in our area. It meets twice a month in two locations in support of loved ones, family and friends of LGBTQ persons. This support extends to LGBTQ persons themselves and especially youth during the coming out process. The meetings provide a place to share confidentially in a group support environment (if desired, a smaller group can be arranged). Educational presentations are also made during the meetings. Fellowship on many levels can occur among attendees. PFLAG also works extensively in the LGBTQ and broader communities. Meets at: Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Room 307, Prairie Village, Kan. (second Sundays) LIKEME Lighthouse (fourth Sundays)
Kansas City Coalition for Welcoming Ministries (KCCWM)
KCCWM brings together local clergy and laypersons, working to promote awareness, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQ persons across a broad range of faith traditions. Members meet regularly and occasionally host events. Pastors within the group meet monthly for a luncheon.
Additional links to organizations that are based on allies, faith, family, therapy and prevention can be found online in the supplemental list.
Abbreviations of various lengths are used to specify the target members of the listed organizations. The longest one in common usage is LGBTQIA, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally. Sometimes the Q can stand for questioning and the A for asexual. Many other identities and orientations could be mentioned, as well. To find out if yours is included in a group’s mission, contact the organization.
Please send corrections or additions to Bradley Osborn.