Who finds and enables current and future LGBTQA youth activists? EQUAL does.
EQUAL, or Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders, is the Kansas City area’s youth-led gay-straight alliance (GSA) network. It safely connects queer youth in the metropolitan area for socializing, support, education, activism and community involvement.
Youth leaders founded EQUAL in 2007 to support the development of local queer youth into healthy, empowered, socially conscious leaders. In 2009, an ad hoc team called the Phoenix Project, which wanted to work toward opening a safe and welcoming drop-in, brick-and-mortar youth center, established the EQUAL Youth Center, which exists virtually at equalcenter.org.
gay-straight alliance – an extracurricular student organization for LGBTQ youth and their allies, usually found in high schools and colleges.