5 Missouri Counties Still Not Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Missouri has 114 counties, and as we’ve seen happen in many states, not all county clerks decided to comply with the Supreme Court ruling of June 26th stating that marriage is a fundamental right available to all Americans. Progress is being made, however, and we now have all but 5 counties issuing marriage licenses. At […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Kansas Agencies Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

On Friday, June 26th, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of full marriage equality for all Americans.  Unfortunately, several counties in Kansas employ chief judges who refused to allow marriage licenses to be issued. Many couples were also denied requests to change their drivers’ licenses to reflect their legal names, and were told name changes won’t be allowed […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Our Trans Loved Ones: Q&A Resource from PFLAG

The conversation about people who are transgender was just taken to a whole new level of engagement and interest with the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner on Vanity Fair. There are more questions being asked, more people interested in educating themselves, and as always, PFLAG is a valued resource for answers! Today, we’re proud to announce […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

June is PRIDE month!

Too many people associate Pride events with a big party, sometimes a wild party that is too risque for kids to attend. But there’s more to celebrating LGBT pride than a weekend hangout with loud music and rainbow-colored knick-knacks. There’s a lot for the LGBT community to celebrate, buy why do we come together and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Kansas City businesses recognized at the 9th Annual Corporate Celebration of Equality

On April 8th, HRC Kansas City hosted the 9th Annual Corporate Celebration of Equality honoring major Kansas City area employers committed to LGBT equality in the workplace. The event attracts employers committed to equality from states all across the Midwest. Twenty-four companies in total were recognized for their Corporate Equality Index (CEI) score running the gamut […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Heated LGBT rights debate continues in Missouri

Over the last decade, the landscape on LGBT rights has shifted rapidly across the nation. What was once considered unthinkable is becoming increasingly commonplace, from gay men and women being allowed to serve openly in the military to the potential for the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage this year in all 50 states. Despite […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

LGBT protections repealed in Missouri’s 3rd largest city

Six months after it was enacted, Springfield voters repealed an ordinance to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination. The city council had voted 6-3 in October to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. Opponents, who voiced concern about religious freedom and the potential effect of the ordinance on […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Missouri bill would make issuing same-sex marriage licenses a fireable offense

A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for the state to enforce a marriage other than between a man and a woman and could lead to the firing of government employees who issue such licenses. The bill, SB 555, was introduced by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar): This act provides that […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

LGBT Myths as addressed by an Arab organization

We don’t hear a lot of news from the Middle East about LGBT issues. We know there is rampant homophobia and transphobia from the few stories that make it to U.S. media. Gay men are being rounded up and thrown off buildings in front of gathered crowds. Trans women are arrested for “debauchery” in sting […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Same-sex married couples, Kansas, and taxes

Are you a legally married same-sex couple that lives in the state of Kansas? If you are, you probably have questions about how you can file your income taxes this year. Read on, but remember, this is only general information and should not be considered tax advice. Please consult a tax professional for that. If […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }