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“We would like to be there as a beacon,” Daniels said. “There are too many kids who say, `Nobody knows what I am going through.’”

If all goes well with the LIKEME Lighthouse, Wright would like to start others like it in other Midwestern communities. LGBT centers are particularly prominent in larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. But Wright saw a need in the Midwest.

“It’s a pie-in-the-sky dream to think that we could have a prototype and be able to model other LIKEME Lighthouses,” she said. “But yah that would be a dream. The good thing about dreams is sometimes they come true.”