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Mickey Ray
· November 18, 2017
It obviously took a great deal of work and I'm happy that David has saved so much of Kansas City's LGBTQ history, especially that of my life partner, Drew R. Shafer, who was the leader of the Phoenix ...Society for Individual Freedom! See More

"Changing Times: Almanac and Digest of Kansas City's LGBTQIA History," available for viewing on C-SPAN Book TV…

A full transcript (first two pages sampled here) is also available upon request at:

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Some recollections worth documenting!


Mark your calendars. Grab your sunscreen.

Jun 1 - Jun 3Berkley RiverfrontKansas City, MO
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Kansas City's LGBTQ History Included in CSPAN's "Kansas City, Missouri, Weekend"

On Saturday, all CSPAN Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Spectrum channel 226) offerings from Kansas City will air together in one block beginning at 11am CT/noon ET.

Topics include:...
• Author Pat O'Neil, Bottoms Up: The Story of the Irish in Kansas City – Browne's Irish Market Place
• History of the Kansas City Stockyards Collection – Jeremy Drouin and staff, Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library
• Author David Jackson, Changing Times: Almanac and Digest of Kansas City's LGBTQIA History – presentation held at the National Archives at Kansas City
• Author Devin Fergus, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class
• Author Diane Mutti Burke, On Slavery's Border: Missouri's Small Slaveholding Households, 1815-1865 – The John Wornall House Museum

And on Sunday, all our history programming from the city will air on American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 227) beginning at 1pm CT/ 2 pm ET.

Topics include:
• Mayor Sly James on the city and its role in the Civil Rights Movement.
• Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site – Steve Sitton
• World War I Propaganda Posters – Doran Cart, The National WWI Museum & Memorial
• History of George Kessler and the City Beautiful Movement - Mark McHenry
• History and impact of Kansas City political boss, Tom Pendergast

In addition to the individual segments airing on their respective networks, they will also air together during the following dates and times:
• Book TV block: Saturday, Dec. 2, 11am CT/ 12pm ET, (on C-SPAN2, Spectrum channel 226)
• American History TV block: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1pm CT/ 2pm ET, (on C-SPAN3, Spectrum channel 227)

Visit CSPAN's special Kansas City page, where each segment will be available to view after it airs! In addition, all video segments will be available indefinitely in our C-SPAN Video Library. For more information about the C-SPAN Cities Tour and programming, visit and Twitter: @CSPANCities

Watch for a future post after this weekend when links to social media will be available.

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First Saturday of each month @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Kansas City Center for Inclusion
3911 Main Street, Kansas City, MO, 64111


QUILTBAG Writers Group is an open critique and sharing group for LGBT+ writers. We offer a safe space for writers to share their work, receive peer feedback and advice, or just come and
kvetch about their writing! Join us for fun and friendly discussions of craft, current publishing, and more!

Open to all ages and genres, including heterosexual-identified writers of LGBT+ fiction. Contact Leah at to sign-up, or for more info.

Walk-ins welcome, too! See you there!

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First Friday at the Center! – 10/6 @ 6pm Join us for a special First Friday event at the Center! Come check out featured art that’s been donated to the Center and meet many local artists showing off and selling their work as well! … October 5, 2017October 17, 2017 News Team Continue reading "First F...

Kansas City's LGBTQ Communities: Then and Now

Kansas City played a unique role in launching the gay liberation movement when it hosted the first national gathering of gay rights activists in 1956. More than 50 years later, learn what advances the movement has seen and what the future holds.

Nov. 29th at Matt Ross Community Center...
8101 Marty St, Overland Park, Kansas 66204
6:30 doors open
7pm program begins

True Blue Women host a panel discussion featuring:

Archivist David W. Jackson, local author or contributor of 30 books, including Changing Times: Almanac and Digest of Kansas City’s LGBTQIA History. In the early-90s, David worked on the newsletter for the “Free to Be” LGBT affinity group at Unity Church of Overland Park. Between 1997-2000, he volunteered for the National Institute for GLBT Education founded by Dr. Terry Norman, acting as editor of its online e-magazine, Jackson also co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA) in 2009 and published the first edition of Changing Times in 2011. The second edition of that book, which he will highlight in this panel discussion on November 29, was completed in 2016 and was recently the topic of a segment on C-SPAN at the National Archives in Kansas City, Mo.

Michael Cole is vice president of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality, including the community’s seniors. Cole is also on the board of Lawyers for Equality, a voluntary bar association for LGBT attorneys and allies in the St. Louis region. He a practicing attorney in the business litigation department at Lathrop Gage LLP in Kansas City, Mo., and serves as the firm’s Director of Litigation Support. He will discuss the current legal status of those in the LGBT community in Missouri and Kansas.

Brian A. Shapley is Chair of the Metro KC chapter of Equality Kansas, the Kansas state-wide, nonprofit organization that fights to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. With a presence in the Kansas Statehouse, whenever the legislature is in session, and eleven chapters across the state, EQKS works for all-inclusive, Non-Discrimination Ordinances, on the community, city, and state level, and pushes Kansas legislators to promote laws that support the equality of all citizens. Brian is a lifetime resident of the Kansas City area and has been a volunteer political advocate for the LGBT+ Community for years.

Please join us for this informative program that will shed new light on the LGBT community in our region. Free and open to the public.

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Thank you to Mickey Ray for sharing this on the Visitor Post page. We're re-setting it here for your edification and enjoyment. Go down to Barney Allis Plaza and enjoy the historical marker for yourself (northeast corner of the park).

"I can hardly believe it was only a year ago when I got to go back to Kansas City for the Memorial plaque that was put up in honor of Phoenix Society for Individual Freedom and my life partner, Drew Shafer, who started the organization. Thank you, David W. Jackson, Jon D Barnett, and Jason Carrigan for giving me that great opportunity."

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Check out this fantastic website and Facebook page, thanks to DJ Doyle:


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Thank you for sharing this, Charles Dunlap!

Bringing our history to life through the voices of the people who lived it.
Mon 6:00 PM CDTUMKC Miller Nichols Library Room 325
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Here is a link to recent newspaper coverage on the latest book on the first comprehensive history of Kansas City's LGBTQIA history, if you may be interested, with thanks to a friend and colleague, Jeff Fox, and the Independence Examiner:…/new-book-traces-changing-times-of…

Thank you, too, to Kimberlee Ried at the National Archives at Kansas City for hosting last week's Changing Times presentation where upwards of 85 people were in attendance. C-SPAN filmed the program, and it will air in December. We'll let you know broadcast details when available.

David Jackson is a busy man.Over the years he has written and co-written what’s become a long and impressive list of books, including

OUT in The Phoenix Newsletter for October/November:

Double Entendre and female impersonation in KC!…/heritage/double-entendre/

Queen of Sex and the Dame of Drag by DAVID W. JACKSON Female impersonation have been a “thing” in Kansas City since the early 1800s. It was enough of an issue for the City Council in 1859 to publish a law forbidding crossdressing…at least in public. This topic was explored in a trilogy of articles i...

Are you or someone you know LGBTQIA? Or, just interested in the history of this minority community in Kansas City? Don't miss this upcoming program on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the National Archives at Kansas City.

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Kansas City's LGBTQ History

Here is Gary Miller's official website, a great timeline of his most excellent career! To all the Kansas City metropolitan area LGBTQ folks who read this....record YOUR memories for the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) []

Gary was born in the Hillcrest Section of San Diego and the family soon moved to his mother's hometown of Kansas City, Mo

The Kansas City LGBTQ community has their priorities right: first barbecue, then gender inclusion work!…/lgbt-bbq-food-and-inclusi…/

Many of K-State's LGBT organizations started the year with their semiannual barbecue to help spread the word about identity and inclusion on campus.