Meet the Kansas mothers who say having trans children is a blessing

It’s a small but mighty group of allies, one to celebrate on this Mother’s Day: Mothers of trans people. The most famous one in the Kansas City area is Debi Jackson, whose daughter Avery graced the cover of National Geographic last year and who serves as an organizer at the National Center for Transgender Equality. But… Continue reading Meet the Kansas mothers who say having trans children is a blessing

Activism in Manhattan, Kansas, trained Samuel Brinton for the national spotlight

One measure of a college town’s sense of itself, obviously, is what its graduates go on to accomplish. When folks in Manhattan, Kansas, remember the exhilaration of their first Pride celebration in April 2010, around the same time as they were getting pummeled trying to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance at City Hall, they talk about… Continue reading Activism in Manhattan, Kansas, trained Samuel Brinton for the national spotlight

Ladies and gentlemen: America’s best drag show is in Manhattan, Kansas

When I first started driving to Hutchinson, Salina and Manhattan on reporting trips for No Place Like Home, I was surprised that drag shows still seemed central to the cultural life of LGBT Kansas. I’d seen my first drag shows in Omaha at a club called the Max back in 1981 and clearly remember how… Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen: America’s best drag show is in Manhattan, Kansas