Scott Graybeal is now a Nebraskan, but we’re happy for him anyway

  “It’s the best time to be gay in Salina,” Scott Graybeal tells me at the end of No Place Like Home’s Chapter 7: Springtime in Salina. Graybeal was among the people who didn’t just come out to fight for a non-discrimination ordinance in this town of about 48,000 people in Central Kansas. (For those… Continue reading Scott Graybeal is now a Nebraskan, but we’re happy for him anyway

Kansas misses Sandra Meade, but California needs her

Spoiler alert: As I write in the Epilogue to No Place Like Home, Sandra Meade, who I profile in “Chapter 10: Kansas City Royalty,” no longer lives in Kansas. (To enjoy a few seconds of her strong, calm, articulate presence, watch her on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where Kansas makes an appearance at about… Continue reading Kansas misses Sandra Meade, but California needs her

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