My first author Q&A

Witt and young speaker at Statehouse 3-21-17
Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, about to hand the microphone to a young speaker during a rally at the Kansas Capitol in March 2017.

Thanks to Derek Helms of the University Press of Kansas for asking good questions for a Q&A on the press’s blog this week.

I especially appreciated his “What do you view as the biggest issue facing the LGBT community in Kansas in 2018?”

Others might disagree with my answer, but here’s what I said:

“I think it’s the same biggest issue facing all of America in 2018: Saving our endangered democracy.

During the legislative session last year, Equality Kansas held one of its annual rallies on the steps of the Capitol. I was surprised, as were others, by how young the crowd was – mostly college and even high school kids. During his speech, Tom Witt gave them instructions (he’s good at that): “When you go home,” he yelled, “start looking outside your LGBT community and your Gay Straight Alliance and your usual church groups. Our country is in a horrible mess, but we have to resist. As a queer community, we already know how to resist and resist and resist. Take what you know about fighting bad ideas and say, ‘I’m in this fight with you.’ Unite with other progressive organizations around Kansas.” He’s right. We need to take our experiences and the hard lessons we’ve learned fighting for our own causes and put them to use in service of our country.”

The rest of the Q&A is here.

C.J. Janovy is the author of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas. Follow her on Twitter, @cjjanovy.

 

 

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