Trans Woman Tamara Dominguez Murdered in Kansas City

The transgender community in Kansas City has been deeply hurt with the news that a transgender woman has been murdered. To add to the pain, Tamara Dominquez, a trans Latina woman, is misgendered in most local news outlets. Trigger warning for those who have dealt with violence or misgendering: KCTV5’s report “Transgender woman killed after […]

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Support for Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, offering affordable, inclusive, and LGBT-affirming health services of many kinds. In fact, long before our movement became focused on educating health providers to be welcoming and inclusive, Planned Parenthood was already there for us. There are new efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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