An open house is planned Friday for a new space aimed at connecting LGBTQ youth in the Manhattan area.
True Colors will officially launch its Flint Hills Chapter with a Pride themed 4th of July party at the new space. Manhattan-Ogden school board member Jayme Morris-Hardeman and her husband recently donated a rental property for the project. Morris-Hardeman says she gathered feedback from young people who wanted a safe place to hang out with friends and access mental health services .
The project is aimed at young LGBTQ+ individuals in middle school and high school. The nonprofit organization is also busy working to secure funding through 2023.
Morris-Hardeman says a key piece of this advocacy is to help curb suicides among LGBTQ+ youth.
Morris-Hardeman and her husband donated rental property they owned for the new True Colors Flint Hills safe space. Parents, caregivers and allies are welcome to attend the open house.
K-State students will be sought this fall to volunteer at the house and Morris-Hardeman says all volunteers will be thoroughly screened.
The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. More information can be found by messaging the True Colors Flint Hills Facebook page.