Alan Cumming, Chely Wright To Open LGBT Center in Kansas City

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com March 03 2012 12:49 PM ET

Alan Cumming, Chely Wright, and Hal Sparks are among the entertainers who will help launch The Lighthouse, a community center in Kansas City, Mo. for the LGBT community, their families and straight allies.

According to a press release, the community center will open March 10 and "offer educational resources on topics such as the coming out process, gender identity and bullying."

The Lighthouse is a product of Wright's The LIKEME Organization, which the singer founded in 2010 following the release of her acclaimed memoir Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer, in which she revealed she is lesbian.

"I've learned since coming out that community is everything," Wright says in a statement. "The LIKEME Lighthouse's purpose is to further education, safety, comfort, and progress for LGBT folks, for their families and for their friends. When the community is truly served and connected, we will know that the Lighthouse is providing the people in my hometown what they deserve. It is my heartfelt belief that this LGBT center will change and save lives in Kansas City and the surrounding areas."

Others expected to join in the March 9-11 opening weekend festivities for The Lighthouse include out Christian vocalist Jennifer Knapp, The Real L Word's Stamie Ryerson, and MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts. For more information, visit LikeMeLighthouse.org.