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

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Here’s how Wyandotte Countians just did something historic for LGBTQ Kansas

An equal-rights victory that has historically involved months of bruising battle in other Kansas towns just happened quietly in the state’s third-largest city. On Thursday, one item among many on the agenda for Wyandotte County commissioners was whether to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups covered by the county’s non-discrimination… Continue reading Here’s how Wyandotte Countians just did something historic for LGBTQ Kansas

LGBTQ Kansas to America: Prepare for so much ‘losing forward’

This loss seemed as inevitable as a Kansas tornado in May. In reality, it wasn’t inevitable. LGBTQ activists and their allies skirmished so hard that it took until 2 a.m. on the last day of the legislative session for the religious right to convince enough politicians to discriminate against us. The so-called Adoption Protection Act… Continue reading LGBTQ Kansas to America: Prepare for so much ‘losing forward’

LGBTQ kids in Kansas brave weather, and legislators, to make their stand at the Capitol

The Kansas Capitol is an astoundingly beautiful building. From the outside, its standard stateliness does little justice to the grandeur of its polished-marble and gold-leaf-sparkling rotunda, its mesmerizing murals of harsh prairie life by John Steuart Curry and Lumen Martin Winter – you can hear the roar of winter wind, feel the cut of sharp… Continue reading LGBTQ kids in Kansas brave weather, and legislators, to make their stand at the Capitol

From one ink-stained gal to another: Thank you, Kristi Parker

I didn’t know Kristi Parker well. But like thousands of Kansans I did know her – through her invaluable work. Parker edited and published the monthly Liberty Press for more than 25 years, delivering stacks to businesses around Wichita and stuffing copies into manila envelopes to mail around the state (sometimes with a personal note… Continue reading From one ink-stained gal to another: Thank you, Kristi Parker

At the Lawrence Public Library, a new way to celebrate Kansas Day

Growing up in Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, I don't remember any holiday celebrating statehood (or maybe I was just daydreaming during those grade-school history lessons). But as soon as the book launch for No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas was scheduled for January 29, I discovered that Kansans are serious… Continue reading At the Lawrence Public Library, a new way to celebrate Kansas Day

Scott Graybeal is now a Nebraskan, but we’re happy for him anyway

  “It’s the best time to be gay in Salina,” Scott Graybeal tells me at the end of No Place Like Home’s Chapter 7: Springtime in Salina. Graybeal was among the people who didn’t just come out to fight for a non-discrimination ordinance in this town of about 48,000 people in Central Kansas. (For those… Continue reading Scott Graybeal is now a Nebraskan, but we’re happy for him anyway