New LGBT+ center opens in Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and the group Ignite Louisville cut the ribbon to the Louisville Youth Group center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Those who may face bullying in Kentuckiana now have a new place to share their stories and words of encouragement. 

A safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth held an open house for the public on Saturday.

Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and the group Ignite Louisville cut the ribbon to the newly renovated Louisville Youth Group center where they have been operating for the past ten years.

Louisville Youth Group has been a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth in Kentuckiana for over 20 years. It "promotes personal and community growth through relationship building, leadership development, and social justice activism," according to the group's website.

The redesigned and renovated area will provide a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth to interact with peers and work with social platforms. 

"The programming network focuses on giving them the skills and the experiences that help them thrive outside Louisville Youth Group now, but also when they age out, as they become adults and leaders in the community," Executive Director Jason Peno said.

Ignite Louisville also goes out into the community to teach leadership skills through a six-month program.

For more information on the Louisville Youth Group, click here. Fore more information about Ignite Louisville's program, click here.

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