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Crowd Supports Trans Teen at Rally Against Hate Group

The hate group, which we all know, will not be named. They don’t deserve public recognition for their deeds. Lets just say they are a family who claims to be a church, and they reside across the street from the Equality House in Topeka.

They came to Kansas City October 1st to protest transgender homecoming queen, Landon Patterson, at her school. But classmates and alumni of Oak Park High, and members of the community at large, weren’t going to let the protest happen without fighting back. They arranged their own rally in support of Landon to take place at the same time.

The police presence was large, but supporters were determined not to physically confront the protesters. Instead, a crowd of 400-500 people gathered at a park next to the school and organized a parade of support that marched from the park, past the school and down to the corner where the “crowd” of six protestors were gathered. With t-shirts saying “I stand with Landon,” signs, banners, and chants of “Long live the queen,” supporters crossed the street to surround the protestors. In less than five minutes, the protestors decided to walk back to their one van and drive away. The protest which was scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes lasted only 40 minutes.

The crowd of supporters was made up of Landon’s friends and classmates, parents of friend, alumni supporting the school’s policy of inclusion, and members and allies of the LGBT community.

Watch some of the local news coverage here.

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Ty Herndon to Perform in Kansas City

In November of 2014, Ty Herndon was the first major market male country artist to publicly come out as gay. Herndon received a wave of support that only strengthened his relationship with fans. Using his celebrity power for the better good, Herndon is in the planning stages of a new coalition called RALY (Rescue A Life Y’all) to help save lives and raise awareness for those with addiction or identity issues.

Starting as a teenager, Ty Herndon performed at OPRYLAND USA, won Best Male Vocalist on the iconic “Star Search,” and proceeded to receive the title Texas Entertainer of the Year in 1993. In 1995, Herndon signed with Epic Records, where he made his chart debut with “What Mattered Most,” which became his first #1 single and won Song of the Year from Music Row Magazine. His album of the same title debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and had the biggest first-week shipment in the history of Epic Records Nashville.

Since then, Ty Herndon has continued to find success and overcome the hurdles that come with fame. He has released ten more albums, most recently Lies I Told Myself (2013), which highlights the original style that made him famous and also demonstrates his growth as an artist. With this album Herndon found a new platform for bonding with fans. He invited folks to participate in his album launch via a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign that allowed fan investors to be involved both financially and emotionally. The end result was a testimony to Herndon’s affinity for connection; devotees more than doubled the original funding goal.

The Grammy Nominated and Dove Award Winning Country Recording Artist has the ability to connect with an audience far beyond his onstage performance. Ty Herndon has a passion and commitment to his music that shows in his lyrics. “If I haven’t lived it, I haven’t sung it” as Herndon says. For a career spanning two decades with 20 Billboard chart songs and 5 million albums sold, Herndon sees no signs of slowing down.

Herndon will be performing at the Folly Theater Friday, October 23rd. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online or at the theater box office.

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KC Care Clinic Receives Federal Health Center Designation

The Kansas City CARE Clinic (formerly the Kansas City Free Health Clinic), a private, nonprofit community health center, was designated in August by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). With this designation, the clinic will receive annual federal funds of about $650,000, which will greatly expand its capacity to provide high-quality primary care for those who need it in the Kansas City region.

News of this designation arrived shortly after U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health-center sites in 46 states for the delivery of comprehensive primary health-care services in communities that need them most. These new health centers are projected to increase access to health care for nearly 1.2 million patients nationwide, adding to the more than 700 new health-center sites supported through the Affordable Care Act.

“The Kansas City CARE Clinic has provided critical community health services in the Kansas City area for more than four decades,” said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. “I am pleased that they have earned status as a fully fledged FQHC. The Affordable Care Act established $11 billion in additional funding to increase and expand the operation and construction of health centers throughout the nation. This is a great opportunity to ensure we are taking care of the area’s most vulnerable.”

As a safety net provider in the Kansas City metro for more than 44 years, the KC CARE Clinic has always been committed to providing high-quality, culturally competent primary care and reducing health disparities in the underinsured and uninsured populations. With nearly 250,000 individuals estimated to need access to primary care in the Kansas City metro, the KC CARE Clinic views itself as a leader in HIV services and an essential regional partner, collaborating for years with the area’s other FQHCs, community safety-net clinics, health-care providers, regional foundations, and civic leaders to help address this larger community need.

The clinic also received notification that it has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health-care quality. Its standards were established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

“The safety net for Kansas City is now stronger with the clinic becoming both an FQHC and a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” said Sheri Wood, chief executive officer of the KC CARE Clinic. “These significant designations are the next steps in our evolution as we respond to the rapidly changing health-care environment that exists today.”

 

(Originally reported in Camp Magazine)

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Supporters Rally Around St. Louis Transgender Student

Transgender student Lila Perry is receiving support from the LGBT community in St. Louis after more than 100 fellow students walked out of classes to protest her use of the girls’ restroom and locker room.

Click here to see KSDK’s report of the support rally.

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Kansas City Calls for Action after Trans Woman’s Murder

“The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Una Lucha KC, The Justice Project and One Struggle KC call for action and healing in response to the murder of Tamara Dominguez, a transgender Latina woman, in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the 17th reported homicide of a transgender woman killed since January 1, 2015, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, Una Lucha KC, The Justice Project and One Struggle KC were devastated to learn of Tamara Dominguez’s tragic death on August 17, 2015. Tamara was intentionally run over three times by a large vehicle, sending a threatening, direct message of hate towards other trans-women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Latin@ communities in Kansas City. Our organizations are working collectively together to help support and advocate with Tamara’s chosen family and friends.

“Our hearts are heavy with grief that another member of our community was taken too soon. We lift up Tamara’s family, friends and the entire transgender and LGBQ communities in love and support through these difficult times.”

 

Read the rest of the statement from Randall Jenson of the KCAVP here.

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