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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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

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’

For Holy Week, the Kansas Legislature debates “religious freedom”

It’s time once again for that annual Christian ritual: a “religious freedom” “debate” in the Kansas Legislature. This session it’s been around adoption: whether the state can contract with faith-based agencies even though they refuse to place kids with same-sex parents because it would violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The arguments, which aren't over,… Continue reading For Holy Week, the Kansas Legislature debates “religious freedom”

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

One important thing about Kansas politics: Not all Republicans are against us

When news broke last weekend that the Kansas Republican Party, whose members were having their annual convention in Wichita, had voted to “oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity,” I wasn’t surprised. LGBTQ activists in Kansas have heard that rhetoric before. The Republican state committee member pushing the resolution said it was “motivated by love”… Continue reading One important thing about Kansas politics: Not all Republicans are against us