Meet the small-town Kansas All-American football hero who is now a different kind of star

It’s been a long time since Burt Humburg was homecoming king at Andover High School, just east of Wichita. It’s been a bit less long since he was an All American football player at Southwestern College, the United Methodist-affiliated private school in Winfield. Humburg’s a doctor now, practicing near St. Louis, his tightly buzzed hair… Continue reading Meet the small-town Kansas All-American football hero who is now a different kind of star

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Here’s more help understanding America (a book review)

One summer in the mid-'90s, the writer Meghan O’Gieblyn was at a Christian rock festival in Peoria where the headliner was DC Talk, a trio formed at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. The band was riding a wave of mainstream popularity thanks to the grungy, alt-rock sound of its album Jesus Freak (the record would rise… Continue reading Here’s more help understanding America (a book review)

Meet one of the trans people suing the state of Kansas for their birthright

Luc Malik Bensimón was in the news this month. He’s one of the plaintiffs in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the state of Kansas over its refusal to change gender markers on transgender peoples’ birth certificates. “My identity as a man has been put on hold… so, short and sweet, I’m here today because I would like… Continue reading Meet one of the trans people suing the state of Kansas for their birthright

Susan Ruiz hopes the ‘rainbow wave’ carries her to a seat in the Kansas Legislature

Susan Ruiz’s decision to run for office parallels the thinking of so many other people after the 2016 presidential election. “I could either complain and bitch about it, as all of us did” — Ruiz was especially angry about how the president spoke of the Latino community — “or be much more involved. We can’t… Continue reading Susan Ruiz hopes the ‘rainbow wave’ carries her to a seat in the Kansas Legislature

Meet Brandon Woodard, a ‘common sense moderate’ whose run for the Kansas Legislature is historic

It was January, bleak and freezing, when Brandon Woodard first started walking the neighborhoods of Lenexa and Olathe that make up Kansas House District 30. Last week hit near record-breaking heat for the middle of September, and Woodard was still walking, the back of his green polo dotted with sweat. "I've put in a lot… Continue reading Meet Brandon Woodard, a ‘common sense moderate’ whose run for the Kansas Legislature is historic

A 74-Year-Old Lesbian Activist To Janelle Monáe: The Kansas Through Line

In my happy daydreams, when Janelle Monáe plays her long-awaited homecoming concert in Kansas City in October, Lea Hopkins is her opening act. Hopkins isn’t an entertainer, but she’s a celebrity in her own right, one every Kansas Citian should know. And the two share a connection. Hopkins, who still reads the daily paper old-school,… Continue reading A 74-Year-Old Lesbian Activist To Janelle Monáe: The Kansas Through Line