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”

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

Toughened in Topeka, Tiffany Muller takes on Citizens United

For “Trouble in Topeka,” the first chapter of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, I spent hours on the phone with Tiffany Muller, spoke with her fellow activists and teachers, and read newspaper stories about her. But I’d never met her in person. Muller left Kansas years before I started reporting… Continue reading Toughened in Topeka, Tiffany Muller takes on Citizens United

Someone needed to write about LGBT Kansas

People have asked how I got the idea to write No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas. The moment of inspiration came on a sweltering, airless afternoon in Ilus W. Davis Park in downtown Kansas City on June 26, 2013. In Washington, D.C., that morning, hundreds of people had erupted in cheers… Continue reading Someone needed to write about LGBT Kansas