More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Chely Wright to Open LGBT Center in Kansas City, MO
Country singer Chely Wright is set to open a LGBT community center tomorrow in Kansas City, MO. The Kansas City LIKEME® Lighthouse, which will provide a safe space, counseling and resources for the LGBT community in the area, is the largest project undertaken by Wright’s Like Me Organization since its inception in 2010.
Wright chose Kansas City partly because she grew up in nearby Wellsville, KS. "This just gives so much hope to these outlying areas, that your major metropolitan area has a gay and lesbian center," said Wright. "That would have meant everything to me had I been a kid growing up in Wellsville, knowing that there is a beautiful facility in our major city, that that was OK."
The center will open with a benefit concert during which Wright will perform along with fellow musician Jennifer Knapp. Alan Cumming, Thomas Roberts, Hal Sparks, Kristie Stremel, Tracy Ryerson and Stamie Karakasidis are also scheduled to appear.
Chely Wright who came out in 2010 and married LGBT advocate Lauren Blitzer last summer plans on opening similar centers in other Midwestern communities in the future. She attended the GLAAD Media Awards, shortly after coming out, where she performed "Heavenly Days." Watch the performance below.
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