Please note-

*Please note- Your browser preferences must be set to 'allow 3rd party cookies' in order to comment in our diaries.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chely Wright Becomes a Leading Voice for LGBT Rights

By Brandon Miller -

I will be the first to admit that I hate when celebrities come out as part of a media blitz. And, yeah, Chely Wright definitely did that with the way she coincided the public declaration of her lesbianism with a memoir and  a record. But I like to give gay celebrities the benefit of the doubt. I'm thankful that people are brave enough to come out at all, even in 2010. And many of those gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender entertainers go on to do wonderful things with the platforms they are afforded.
Thankfully, Chely Wright is forging ahead to make herself a real voice for LGBT people in the world, and especially in more rural and red parts of America, where her country ties lay. Wright is a spokesperson for and the founder of Like Me, an organization that provides assistance and education to LGBT people, as well as their friends and family. And now that organization, named after the singer's memoir, has announced a scholarship for the people it hopes to reach.
Wright announced the award recipient on "The Nate Berkus Show" on Wednesday. The first scholarship prize will be given to Shawn Walsh, the brother of  Seth Walsh, who committed suicide in September after facing rampant anti-gay bullying in his California school district. As you may have seen on our site, Walsh's mother has been active in voicing her opinions on the seriousness of bullying.
The scholarship will be given to up to five people each year. But Chely Wright also unveiled another plan on Wednesday. Like Me announced the Lighthouse Project, which will build an LGBT education and community center in Kansas City next year. Wright chose her home state of Missouri for the first center due to the lack of resources for gay people in the Midwest.
So, yeah, I can get over Chely Wright coming out on a book tour. Or Ricky Martin doing the same. Because, really, any celebrity who wants to be a positive role model for LGBT teenagers (and adults) is somebody that I'm going to support. The responsibility doesn't end once the media junket is done.

In 2010, when Chely Wright published her memoir, “Like Me” to tell her coming-out story, she stepped up to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Ms. Wright founded The LIKE ME® Organization, a registered non-profit organization. Ms. Wright brought together friends, family, fans, and supporters of the LGBT community to build an organization to provide assistance, resources, and education to LGBT individuals and their family and friends.
Ms. Wright will serve as spokesperson for the LIKE ME® Organization. LIKE ME® will work to prevent LGBT bullying and teen suicide. The LIKE ME® website provides links to LGBT education and health resources. The website provides a message board for those who wish to post a question and receive a reply from the LGBT community. The site posts anonymous Personal Stories for those who wish to read and find a similar story. Whether you are gay or straight, you can post your own personal story.

The Like Me Lighthouse

LIKE ME® will open the first LGBT education and community center in Kansas City in 2011. The first center will be opened in the Midwest because there, in Chely’s home state, the needs for understanding and education are among the greatest in the nation. Everyone will be welcomed at the LIKE ME Lighthouse and may visit the center for information, guidance and resources.
LIKEME is about inclusion.
LIKEME is about meeting and knowing people and choosing to seek out the ways in which we might be similar rather than they ways we might be different.
LIKEME is about support.
LIKEME is about respect.
LIKEME is about being an individual and celebrating other people’s individuality.
LIKEME is about being who you are meant to be.


No comments:

Post a Comment