How the transgender activist Stephanie Mott changed Kansas forever

The last time I spoke with Stephanie Mott, it was Equality Day at the Kansas State Capitol. During a late-morning rally in the rotunda, Gov. Laura Kelly stepped to the podium to ceremoniously sign three pieces of paper. Kelly was recreating her first act as governor: an executive order reinstating protections for LGBTQ state employees.… Continue reading How the transgender activist Stephanie Mott changed Kansas forever

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”

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