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Myers Park Baptist to give $100,000 to Time Out Youth for LGBTQ homeless shelter

LGBTQ youth from Time Out Youth march along Tryon Street in uptown during the Charlotte Pride Parade in 2015.
LGBTQ youth from Time Out Youth march along Tryon Street in uptown during the Charlotte Pride Parade in 2015. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte’s Time Out Youth plans to use a $100,000 gift from Myers Park Baptist Church to help build a shelter for up to a dozen homeless youths and to purchase and renovate a building that will become a center for LGBTQ youth.

The church, whose gift was announced Thursday, has a 20-year history with Time Out Youth, a group that provides counseling, job support and a safe gathering place for LGBTQ youth, ages 11 to 20. When the group was formed in the 1990s, the church provided meeting space.

Rodney Tucker, director of Time Out Youth, said in a statement Thursday that some LGBTQ youth “face tremendous cruelty and abuse” from their families, often getting kicked out of their homes. He said there’s a great need for a permanent shelter for these vulnerable youth.

Scott Crowder, who works with the outreach ministry at Myers Park Baptist, said the church “is called to support and protect those who are at risk, dehumanized or excluded.”

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