For Jon Reed Sims, a gay Kansan I never knew, who made the world more beautiful

A few hundred LGBTQ concert-band and jazz musicians came to town this past week, so I was expecting a pretty good show on Saturday night. It was the grand finale of the Gay and Lesbian Band Association's annual conference. Given the fact that the national organization's confab was in Kansas City this year, hosted by… Continue reading For Jon Reed Sims, a gay Kansan I never knew, who made the world more beautiful

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

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