September 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages August -- Today we are writing from Passages Youth Center - looking on as the floors are being prepped for refresh. In the meantime, have you seen our progress? Check out Camp Magazine's latest article. With all the efforts of our supporters and Board in the past two months, Passages has and continues to operate on Wednesday evenings - providing a safe space for the metro's LGBT youth.

Want to help refresh our space? Make a donation using the links to the right!

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 supporters who donate $20/month. Visit and use the Subscribe option to enable PayPal to manage the monthly contribution -- and thank you for your support!

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Board Members
Jason Webb - Accenture, Board Chair
Bob Bair - Sprint
Carl Bennum - Deloitte
Jason Boman - SquaredJ Creative
Don Carrel - author, My Dream to Trample AIDS
Damon Jones - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages Wednesday Night 9/17 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project - KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will make a great meal. Tonight's topic: LGBTQ Myth Busting!

Passages Wednesday Night 9/24 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 10/1 -- Join our great facilitators, mentors, and youth for an engaging discussion. Come have dinner at Passages!

10/8 - Hamburger Mary's Charity Bingo benefiting Passages -- Join us at Hamburger Mary's tonihgt for a special Charity Bingo event benefiting Passages Youth Center! Bring your friends and be ready to shout 'BINGO'. The Youth Center will be closed this evening.

Attorney Madeline Johnson Shares Her Journey of Transitioning into Happiness
by Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

Madeline Johnson is radiating happiness. Which isnít surprising -- she's got a lot to be happy about.

"It's amazing how much has happened in two years, how different life is and how much the world is opening up. Once we become ourselves, the world begins to become a beautiful place," Johnson says. Two years ago, Johnson committed to transitioning, and since then, she has blossomed both personally and professionally.

Johnson owns her own private practice, Madeline Johnson LLC, which proudly serves the LGBT community in Kansas City, addressing a variety of legal needs. "I consider myself a litigator," she says. "I love the courtroom. I love the action that goes on there. I love to argue! I like to stand up for my clients and fight. ... About 50 percent of my clients are trans people. That's the most rewarding part of my job -- advocating for the LGBT community."

The full article can be found online at

More about Passages
Our Mission is to equip LGBT youth to become aware of and comfortable with their identities, knowledgeable of their health status and risks, and actively involved in the Kansas City community.
- We assist by partnering with community resource centers to lead discussions around coming out to help LGBT youth feel supported.
- We educate LGBT youth on dating safety, healthy relationships, and HIV and STI prevention, by providing materials not available in traditional classrooms.
- We encourage youth to remain healthy through periodic onsite STI screening and one-on-one risk assessments.
- We support LGBT youth by providing a safe, accepting, hate-free environment for them to express themselves.

Vision: A society where all youth feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and are empowered to reach their full potential.


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