Kim Shaw-Ellis

Presenting in Kansas City

Kim Shaw-Ellis has worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years.  She joined the Kansas City Police Department in 1998.  She has worked in the East, Central and North Patrol Divisions, Violent Crimes Division and as an instructor for the KC Missouri Regional Police Academy. Currently, she is the Diversity Officer for the KCPD.

LGBTQ youth are five times more likely to commit suicide and are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than heterosexual youth. This module will help participants understand the challenges our LGBTQ youth face and will give some ideas for what can be done to help overcome those challenges.

Helping Our LGBTQ Youth Thrive and Survive


  • List some ways LGBTQ identified youth are more likely to experience violence than non-LGBTQ identified youth.
  • Explain why LGBTQ identified youth are at more risk for homelessness, drug/alcohol abuse, survival sex work, and suicide, than non-LGBTQ identified youth.
  • List some ways YOU can help LGBTQ identified youth thrive and survive.