Kansas City Resources for LGBTQIA Community Members
Resources for members of the LGBTQIA community in Kansas City.
HOTLINES, SAFE PLACES, APPS
The Trevor Project
www.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
www.synergyservices.org | 816-741-8700 or 888-233-1639
Synergy Services is a local (Parkville, MO) organization that provides a wide range of services.
National Safe Place Network
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
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org | 800-273-8255
The MY3 app www.my3app.org helps an at-risk person stay connected with three trusted individuals, is available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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
www.kcpassages.org | 816-931-0334
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.
Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA)
The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) is made up of collections located in the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. GLAMA collects, preserves, and makes accessible the materials that reflect the histories of the LGBTQIA communities of the Kansas City region.
Kansas City’s LGBTQIA History Facebook page
www.lawrencequeeryouthvoice.org | 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."
LGBTQIA Center for Inclusion (formerly LIKEME Lighthouse)
www.inclusivekc.org/ | 816-753-7770
3911 Main St., Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Center for Inclusion, Inc. (KCCI) is Kansas City’s LGBTQIA+ resource center. It provides a safe, welcoming community space where LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education, resources, and activities; and by providing community outreach in building a cohesive LGBTQIA+ community in the Midwest.
www.promoonline.org | 314-862-4900
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)
www.kcavp.org | 816-561-0550
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
www.kccareclinic.org | 816-753-5144
3515 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Thrive Health Connection (formerly Good Samaritan Project)
thrivehealthkc.org/ | 816-561-8784
5008 Prospect Ave Kansas City MO
Thrive Health Connection provides case management services, and free, on-demand screenings for HIV and other STIs at their facility and sites throughout the region.
www.performoutkc.org | 816-659-7899
Through POKC, LGBTQ youth can safely express themselves in musical performance and other creative endeavors.
KC Public Library Youth Services
www.facebook.com/KansasCityPublicLibraryCentralYouthServices | 816-701-3447
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).
The Transgender Institute
transinstitute.org | 816-305-0943
8080 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, Missouri 64114
All e-mails will be answered within 48 hours. If your concern is urgent, please call.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
www.glsen.org & www.glsen.org/chapters/kansascity | 913-608-4528
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
www.facebook.com/MissouriGSANetwork | 314-282-5028
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).
Metropolitan Community College Campuses
Look for "MCC SafeZone" placards on display on offices and work spaces.
UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services
www.umkc.edu/lgbt | 816-235-6556
University of Kansas (KU) LGBT Resource Center
www.silc.ku.edu/sgd | 785-864-2497
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
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
www.pflag.org & www.pflagkc.org | 816-765-9818
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, 3911 Main, KCMO (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.
Center for Spiritual Living
1014 W. 39th St, Kansas City, MO
Congregation Kol Ami
Muslims for Progressive Values
Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church
3801 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Many more welcoming faith communities are listed on the Camp Magazine website (circa 2011—so the list may be out of date): www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1563