Yesterday, I finally gave the trans house an official name: Mott House.
I announced this roughly 20 minutes after it came to me. I did not even have time to think about what people’s responses would be. I’m really happy to say that it was all incredibly positive. People even called to thank me. The response I received is an incredible testament to Stephanie. And her life work. I can not 100% pinpoint it but she had something truly incredible about her. If I were to guess… it would be her calmness. That way she stood there with that little smile as she listened to whatever it is that was being said. She stood there with that same calmness when her “lifestyle choice” to be authentic was being challenged. She stood there with that same calmness when lawmakers challenged her authenticity. She stood there with that same calmness when she was with a person that saw her just as Stephanie. That peacefulness is what brings people in. It helps people listen. And listening to her life story is what brought about change to many of hardened hearts. As an activist myself. Remaining calm and authentic is a life lesson that I could definitely improve on. Now, thankfully, my house will be a gentle reminder to myself of that. And hopefully others.
Ken has spent the last eleven years working to empower LGBTQIA youth and their allies as one of the founders and board president of PerformOUTKC. He believes that communities will be united and healed by the power of young people sharing their voices through the arts. Ken has a BS in music education from Lindenwood University and has been involved in some form of performing arts most of his life. Career and volunteer work have allowed him to develop skills in organization, facilitative management, strategic planning, community engagement, marketing and development. He has served several not-for-profit organizations in event planning, volunteer coordination, membership services and board development. Ken currently works as the Volunteer Manager with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. He has also contributed his time and talents to facilitate board retreats for community organizations and plans to continue serving in a facilitative and advisory role. Mr. Strickland is grateful and excited to begin this new chapter of his life in the role of Vice President of FCPA.
Ken’s passion is contagious! Please join us!
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Brett Hoedl has lived in Johnson County his entire life. He is an Olathe North graduate, and he is currently employed at Black and Veatch. He is the chapter chair of Equality Kansas- Metro Kansas City, on the Political Policy Action Committee of the Mid America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and he was instrumental in starting up Black and Veatch’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.Wendy Budetti has lived in Johnson County for almost 30 years. She is a graduate of Shawnee Mission East and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at KU. She is a board member of Equality Kansas – Metro Kansas City, a founding member of Thrive ( a local organization working towards inclusive school policies), and an active member of the Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action. Education and advocacy have always been passions of Wendy’s.
Brett and Wendy live in Olathe with their five children ranging from 11-20, all current or former students of the Olathe School District. Their youngest son, Eli, came out as gay almost two years ago, when he was in sixth grade. They have spent the past two years engaged within their community to further LGBTQ+ issues.
PFLAG-KC Contact Info
PO Box 12294
Overland Park, KS 66282
helpline: (816) 765-9818
Regional PFLAG chapters
1910 SW Sieben Ct.
Topeka, KS 66611
helpline (785) 235-3831
PFLAG St. Joseph
927 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
PFLAG St. Louis
P.O. Box 410114
St. Louis , MO 63141
helpline: (314) 821-3524
All meetings are now virtual until further notice.
PFLAG Kansas City general meetings are held at three locations:
* On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3:00 pm at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Room 307, Prairie Village, KS. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. (Everyone is also welcome to attend the Board meeting beginning at 1:30 pm.)
* On the 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 pm at the Kansas City Center for Inclusion, 3909 Main St, Kansas City, MO.
* The Independence satellite meeting is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Northern Blvd., Independence, MO.