Project Pride

Love Generosity Beauty Truth

Project Pride is a group of LGBTQ and straight allied teens creating theatre that gives voice to their experiences, culminating in a production that challenges the assumptions and celebrates the diversity of the participants and audience.

We are a proud member of the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, sharing and learning from similar queer youth theaters across North America!

Project Pride Peformances

Join us for our 2018 Project Pride performance:

LGBTV: Now in Crystal Queer HD
A collection of hilarious and thought-provoking scenes created by Kansas City teens

2 SHOWS ONLY!
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
and
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


Admission: $5.00 per person

Performances will be held on The Coterie's Mainstage, located on level 1 of Crown Center

For tickets, call The Coterie Box Office: 816.474.6552 OR purchase online through the See the Season drop down production list

Want to Join Us Onstage?

Project Pride is an annual project that meets in November, December, and January to create show material. We then rehearse in February for our final performance.

The creation and performance troupes are open to all LGBTQIA and straight allied teens ages 13-18 who have not yet graduated high school, regardless of theatre experience. Together we will all explore the topics that impact the troupe's lives most through multiple creative avenues.

If you'd like to be a part of Project Pride's 2017-2018 season, email Amanda Kibler for more information!

Information for Youth

Are you looking for more information regarding the LGBTQIA community in Kansas City? Or do you need through a support group or advocacy group? Please visit our community partners for more great resources:

 

AIDS Walk Kansas City

816-931-0959

Over 5,700 men, women and children are living with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. Over 700 are between the ages of 13 and 24. Be Ready to help those living with HIV/AIDS in Kansas City and to support our local AIDS service organizations.

 

Campfire USA – Heartland – All Inclusive Alternative to Scouting Programs

Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders. We are inclusive, welcoming children, youth and adults regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.

 

Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders (EQUAL)

support@equalcenter.org

EQUAL is Kansas City’s for youth-by youth Gay Straight Alliance Network, connecting queer youth across the metropolitan area. EQUAL organizes an annual Empowerment Summit, National Coming Out Day and the Day of Silence. EQUAL will continue and expand its programming as The EQUAL Youth Center. The organizers believe that Kansas City’s queer youth deserve a safe, fun space with daily programming provided by a fiscally strong nonprofit organization with broad-based community support.

 

GLSEN, Greater Kansas City chapter

4741 Central St, Suite 220; KCMO 64112;   913-608-4528

http://glsen.org/kansascity                kansascity@chapters.glsen.org

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

 

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network

Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to: create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions, educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.

 


Gender Pathways at Children's Mercy

816-960-4134

Gender Pathway Services at Children's Mercy provides interdisciplinary, family-centered services for transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning children. Our services are aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as they navigate the process of gender identity development.

As specialists in pediatric and adolescent development, we recognize that each patient has a different “pathway," so we provide care that is unique to each family. Our goal is to keep families informed of their treatment options, providing them with medical and emotional support, advocacy, and community resources. 

 

HRC-Kansas City

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

 

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP)

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is a Missouri nonprofit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes advocacy and education to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Currently, there are no LGBT-specific domestic violence or sexual assault services in western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, or Iowa. KCAVP was created to address this gap by providing support and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes in western Missouri, eastern Kansas, with a focus on the Kansas City area.

 

Kansas City CARE Clinic

(816) 753-5144

The Kansas City CARE Clinic is an integral part, the net under the safety net, of the health care delivery system in the Kansas City community. As it was formed to do in 1971, the Clinic provides basic health care services at no charge to people who cannot pay for care and to those who do not have insurance available to them. The Clinic helps keep the uninsured and underinsured healthy!

 

Kansas City Leaders Overcoming Violence with Education (KCLOVE)

816-561-0550

KCLOVE exists to increase awareness of issues of violence for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth in Kansas City, and provide resources for victims.

 

Kansas City Passages – Youth Center

816-931-0334

Passages Youth Center is a drug-free, alcohol-free, and hate-free center for 14- through 20-year-old lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Our goal is to help them grow as they explore the nature of their sexual and gender identities while having fun and meeting new friends at the same time. We provide educational information and experiences to encourage personal growth and social interaction to ease their transition into self-acceptance and to become empowered LGBTQ youth. These programs form a foundation of vital resources that provide youth with alternatives to risk-taking behavior.

 

Kansas City Pride

Our organization consists of an eager group of volunteers from the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Our committee members are all greatly involved in their own businesses, as well as members of other organizations within our city.

 

LGBT Affirming Therapists Guild

Kansas City's chapter of the Healthcare Guild, a not-for profit a grassroots organization of licensed mental and medical healthcare professionals. The Guild offers support and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Inter-sex, Gender-Variant, 2-Spirit, Same-Sex attracted, Asexual, Allies and other sexual minorities. The website includes a list of LGBT affirming therapists in the Kansas City area.

 

Learn How to Become: LGBTQ College Student Resources

This guide provides information and resources for LGBTQ college students and anyone else devoted to the goal of LGBTQ acceptance and affirmation. On this website you will find resources that are designed for LGBTQ students and anyone who supports them. From apps to campus organizations, there is help, assistance and encouragement there for the taking.

 

Learn How to Become: LGBTQ Scholarships & Financial Aid

This guide aims to reduce the stress of college for LGBTQ students by assisting with one key element: financial aid. This website has information on scholarships and other financial aid for LGBTQ students – plus learn expert tips for overcoming hurdles during the application process, such as gender identification and parental estrangement.

 

Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City

816-931-4420

The mission of the Lesbian Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City is to create, support and provide vital and timely resources and services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight-Allied communities of greater Kansas City. In 2008, the Center capitalized on the “COM” in the modern-day GLBT COMmunity, and began serving its members with revamped website and strategic plan.

 

LIKEME Lighthouse

LIKEME Lighthouse provides a safe and welcoming space where LGBT individuals and their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education, resources and to build a cohesive LGBT community.  The Lighthouse will promote inclusion, respect and equality for the LGBT community. 

 

Midwest Alternative Family Alliance

The Midwest Alternative Family Alliance was organized in 2002 by a small group of people in Kansas City who were concerned that local gay and lesbian parents and prospective parents needed a presence, a voice, and a way to connect with each other. MAFA supports LGBT parents in the greater Kansas City area and beyond to build families and raise children in a community that is respectful, encouraging, and inclusive.

 

Missouri Safe Schools Coalition

314-862-4900

The Safe Schools Coalition of Missouri is a team comprised of organizations across the state working to end bullying in Missouri public schools.

 

MOCSA

24-Hour Crisis Line: 816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233

MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse, and to prevent sexual violence in our community. Without support and help, the trauma of sexual violence can stay with victims for a lifetime. So we do everything we can to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place, and to offer support, healing, and hope when they do occur. We help victims become survivors. 

 

Ozanam Pathways Program (Youth Mental Health Treatment)

816-508-6226

Ozanam represents more than 60 years of providing the best quality services to thousands of children and families who need it most. On its main campus in South Kansas City, Ozanam has grown from a single-service boys’ home into a multi-service treatment center offering both residential and educational day treatment programs for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.

 

PFLAG-KC

816-765-9818

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Kansas City (PFLAG-KC) is a group of parents, siblings, friends, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people who: Provide a support system for the families and friends of LGBT people to enable them to understand, accept and support their children with love and pride; Provide education for individuals and the community at large on the nature of homosexuality; and Support the full human and civil rights of LGBT people.

 

Perform Out KC – Creative and Musical Expression for KC LGBT Youth

PerformOUTKC provides a safe, inclusive atmosphere for youth of any and all identities, which fosters positive identity development through excellence in music performance and creative expression: To provide a safe place for the LGBTA young people (13–20) in the Kansas City Metro area to be themselves and develop a positive self image. Explore self expression through the performing arts (Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, Theater, Writing, and the Visual Arts), Share their life experiences and voices with the Kansas City Community through performance. We proudly invite all gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual and trans-gendered youth (ages 13–20) to participate in the performing arts organization.

 

Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools – at home and all over the world – become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

 

Street Outreach Services (SOS) at Synergy

24-hour Youth Crisis Line

816-741-8700

888-233-1639

Our Street Outreach team canvases Greater Kansas City helping homeless youth, up to age 22. The team provides basic necessities like food, water, clothing, blankets and hygiene products. Transportation and case management/referral services are also provided to youth as needed. For youth that want to get off the street, the team provides a bridge to Synergy House, our youth shelter.

 

Suicide Awareness Survivor Support

913-681-3050

SASS unites survivors of suicide (family, friends, etc.) throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan and surrounding areas. We believe the public must be educated about suicide. We sincerely feel that “Suicide is everyone’s business.”

 

Veronica’s Voice Youth Group – Kansas City

Are you trading sex for money, drugs, food, or a place to stay? Are you in a bad situation where this may feel like your only option? Or do you know a youth that is? Ages 13 to 21 We can help… This group will meet the last Thursday of every month from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you are in crisis or just need to talk call 816-748-0004 anytime. KC Free will be here to do sex education and STD/HIV testing for those that are interested. For more information please contact Veronica’s Voice Outreach Coordinator, Caroline at 816-483-7101 or caroline@veronicasvoice.org.

Information for Parents, Guardians, Adult Loved Ones, and Educators

It can be a very confusing and frustrating time when a young person in your life has come out to you. However your reaction can make all the difference in the world! Let the following research articles and support groups help you navigate:

 

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

This link will lead you to key information from our research on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. These family education booklets have been designated as a “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

 

Gender Pathways at Children's Mercy

816-960-4134

Gender Pathway Services at Children's Mercy provides interdisciplinary, family-centered services for transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning children. Our services are aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as they navigate the process of gender identity development.

As specialists in pediatric and adolescent development, we recognize that each patient has a different “pathway," so we provide care that is unique to each family. Our goal is to keep families informed of their treatment options, providing them with medical and emotional support, advocacy, and community resources. 

 

LGBT Affirming Therapists Guild

Kansas City's chapter of the Healthcare Guild, a not-for profit a grassroots organization of licensed mental and medical healthcare professionals. The Guild offers support and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Inter-sex, Gender-Variant, 2-Spirit, Same-Sex attracted, Asexual, Allies and other sexual minorities. The website includes a list of LGBT affirming therapists in the Kansas City area.

 

PFLAG-KC

816-765-9818

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Kansas City (PFLAG-KC) is a group of parents, siblings, friends, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people who: Provide a support system for the families and friends of LGBT people to enable them to understand, accept and support their children with love and pride; Provide education for individuals and the community at large on the nature of homosexuality; and Support the full human and civil rights of LGBT people.