May 2012

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages Show 4/21 -- we hosted a great group of young performers, part from the KC Pride Youth Royalty Court as well as some of our own Passages' youth. Our own Passages' DJ, a youth who now works at Hamburger Mary's after building his skills at Passages, was on-hand to run the show!

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Or, our food pantry is
always in need of non-perishable
items (e.g. canned vegetables, pastas,
pasta sauces, canned proteins,
and drink mixes [Koolaid, lemonade, etc.]).

It's Okay to Say Gay 5/2 -- Passages' hosted Claire Cook from PROMO to educate youth on the Missouri legislative process. Additionally, she spoke about HB 2051, the "Don't Say Gay Bill". Youth had an opportunity to record their personal experiences to help educate others on the importance of having safe, inclusive classrooms.

Open Wednesdays and Saturdays -- Passages is open each Wednesday from 5:30 to 9pm and each Saturday from 6:30 to 11pm. Dinner is served each evening and is free. Wednesday's are more structured with a group meal and programming, for example from the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project on dating safety or from the KC Free Health Clinic. Saturday's are more social with an open dance floor, our open lounge space and computer lab, and other resources.

Passages -- Upcoming Events

Passages Saturday Night 5/5 -- Dinner with HRC -- The Human Rights Campaign of Kansas City has kindly volunteered to help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo by cooking up a great dinner along with our Saturday dance night format. Open to youth ages 14-20. Free. Photo ID required.

Passages Annual Prom 5/19 -- Retro Electro -- Passages, with a mission to provide a hate-free space for LGBTQIA youth in the metro, hosts an annual Prom where youth are free to be themselves with their friends, peers, and dates. This year's theme is retro electro -- get creative with what you wear: it's a throwback to prior decades. Dinner is provided and will be an amazing pasta bar. Open to youth ages 14-20. Free. Photo ID required. Checkout the Facebook event for more details.

Passages Bingo Night at Hamburger Mary's 5/24 -- Come to Hamburger Mary's Thursday 5/24 for a great bingo night fundraiser for Passages. Be entertained while helping to further Passages' vital mission. See event details for more info, including prizes.

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What is Passages?

Passages is the Kansas City metro's only youth center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed, and Ally youth (LGBTQIA). Operating now for over 20 years, Passages offers a safe, hate-free, drug-free environment for youth aged 14-20 on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Our volunteers are LGBT community members with diverse personal and professional backgrounds willing to share our experiences. Moreover, Passages has a wealth of unique resources, such as: our computer lab with filtered 'net access, an LGBT-focused library of books and current periodicals, health and clinic materials / referrals, access to partnering organizations to assist with at-risk situations (homelessness, hunger, abuse, etc.). We are operated exclusively by volunteers and supported by community donations.


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