LGBT

Health
9:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Same-Sex Unions Pose Challenge To Hospitals

Some local hospitals have revised their policies to make them more LGBT friendly.
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The absence of legal protections for same-sex couples made the news last year when a Kansas City hospital denied a man the right to stay by his male partner’s bedside.

Now many area hospitals are trying to make themselves more accommodating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families.  

Nearly two years ago, Kris Saim received some harrowing news.  He was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. But the diagnosis wasn’t the only thing he was worried about.

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Government
8:25 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Roeland Park City Council Votes Down Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Roeland Park City Council on Monday voted down an ordinance  that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The anti-discrimination ordinance had been a hotly debated issue in the Johnson County suburb and drew a crowd last night of about 150 people. Some members of the crowd wore blue shirts to show their support for the ordinance.

After hearing nearly 50 public comments, the council voted 4-3 against adding the ordinance. One council member was absent.

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Government
8:34 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Roeland Park Will Vote on LGBT-Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Policy

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After being postponed four times in as many months, a vote has finally been scheduled for the proposed anti-discrimination policy in Roeland Park, Kan. The city council will vote on the measure July 21.

The council has been considering since March a policy that would extend legal protection beyond state and federal baselines, to include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. Its passage would make the community of less than 7,000 residents the second city in Kansas – after Lawrence – with such an ordinance.

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Government
11:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage

Kansas doesn't allow gay marriage, but one county in the state will recognize married gay couples in order to grant a divorce.
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What happens if things go sour for a married gay couple? Many Kansas counties would dismiss any divorce cases without hearing them, but not Douglas County.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

4 Films To See At The Kansas City LGBT Film Festival This Weekend

A scene from the film, 'To Be Takei.'
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As the march toward full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in America advances at varying speeds, there remains a sense that the LGBT community can still be marginalized in the movies. That's what makes film festivals like Out Here Now so relevant to the LGBT communities and their staunch allies.

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Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kansas City Gay Pride Festival Relocates To West Bottoms

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  The three-day Gay Pride Festival opens Friday at 6 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., this year in a new location — the West Bottoms.

Rick Bumgardner, who is the festival’s event co-coordinator, said relocating in the field near Kemper Arena offers ample parking, a trendy and up-and-coming location and a potential home for Pride in the future.

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Community
8:46 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Kansas City-Based Organization Played Role In Presbyterian Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The ruling by the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination Thursday to allow its pastors to officiate same-sex weddings was a major victory for a Kansas City-based organization that has spent years trying to make the church more inclusive.

By a vote of 429 to 175, leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to initiate a process to redefine marriage in official texts as being between two people. They also voted with a smaller margin to allow Presbyterian pastors to decide as individuals whether or not to perform same-sex marriages.

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Central Standard
12:01 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Michael Sam And The State Of Gay Acceptance In The Midwest

Ten years ago, the people of Missouri overwhelmingly voted to change the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Last week, when openly gay football player Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, in Missouri, the outcry condemning Sam's lifestyle stood in stark contrast to an overwhelming outpouring of support.

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Community
7:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Children’s Mercy Hospital Recognized By LGBT Organization

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 The nation’s largest education and advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has recognized Children’s Mercy Hospital for its progressive policies toward LGBT patients, employees, and families.

The Human Rights Campaign will honor Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., with the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Award.

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Up to Date
4:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

What It Means To Be A Gay Athlete

Michael Sam plays football for the University of Missouri and recently announced he is gay.
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What does it mean to be an openly-gay athlete? Just ask Michael Sam. The Mizzou football player, who was out to his teammates, made it public on a national scale this weekend.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with some of the organizations that support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes about the issues these athletes face.

We also talk with an athlete who’s dealt with the problems that can come with a public coming-out announcement.

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Tue February 4, 2014

An African-American Veteran Reflects On Coming Out

Rob Smith is the author of Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming of Age as a Gay Man in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Army.

It's not easy to come out of the closet, but imagine doing that when you're in the Army.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with an African-American veteran about the challenges he faced and the added difficulties of navigating the now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

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Central Standard
2:32 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Explaining Kansas City's LGBT Equality Scores

The Human Rights Campaign recently released it’s second Municipal Equality Index. It rates 291 cities across the United States in terms of laws, policies, and services that positively impact the LGBT community. Perhaps the most striking things about the report was that Kansas City,  Mo., scored 100 out of 100, while Kansas City, Kan., scored zero.

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Community
2:57 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas City Scores Best And Worst On LGBT Equality Index

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Kansas City has simultaneously achieved the lowest and highest scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index scorecard.

Kansas City, Kan., earned a zero on the scorecard, which ranks city laws, policies, benefits and services that work to positively impact residents in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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Up to Date
3:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents, Teens And Being LGBT

It's easier to be be openly gay in today's teen culture than it was just a few years ago.
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The experience of being  an openly gay, transgendered or bisexual teen has changed dramatically, just in the past few years. It's especially evident for those young adults who choose to come out to friends and family while they're in high school.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about their experiences with the rapid change in attitudes.

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People
2:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Miss Gay Kansas City Event Is Pageantry, Drag Style

Miss Gay Kansas City 2013, Heidi Banks, is crowned on stage at Hamburger Mary's in Kansas City, Mo.
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Miss Gay Kansas City is one of the oldest female impersonation pageants in the country, and this year’s competition was the 32nd anniversary of the event.

The pageant was held on a Saturday night last month at Hamburger Mary's restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. Performer Sparkle Iman was Miss Gay Kansas City 2008, and served as head judge for the pageant.

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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Coming Out And Getting Cut Off: Scholarships For LGBT Students

UMKC has recently received some national attention for having a particularly gay-friendly environment.

One of the innovative things the school is doing is offering scholarships for LGBT students. When some college students come out, they face the danger of being cut off financially from their parents.  

That's what happened to recent graduate Courtney Monzyk.  

“I was actually outed, instead of coming out,” Monzyk says. 

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KC Currents
9:34 am
Thu September 5, 2013

How UMKC Paved The Way For Gay Student Groups Across The Country

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The University of Missouri – Kansas City has taken big steps in recent years to be more welcoming to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and sexually-questioning students and staff.

Like a lot of universities, the school now considers diversity and inclusion to be a mission, right alongside educating students. But there hasn't always been an attitude of acceptance at UMKC.

Students at the university fought hard for LGBT rights, and the resulting legal victory influenced campuses around the country.

Welcome to UMKC, 2013

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Government
4:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Joy, Tears In KC At DOMA Provision Defeat

Caron Hankins said she was more subdued than her marriage partner at right, Dayna Deck, when they learned of the Supreme Court ruling.
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As the Supreme Court has allowed federal benefits to same sex couples married in states where those unions are allowed by law, there is no legal change in Missouri or Kansas.

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Film
7:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

LGBT Film Festival Serves Up Divine Fare With A Dash Of James Franco

James Franco is the director of "Interior. Leather Bar."

Any film festival centered around themes that appeal to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audiences or their supportive allies is sure to be as eclectic as its targeted demographic. This year’s Kansas City LGBT Film Festival at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport makes good on that promise.

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Education
1:24 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

UM System Board Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously Thursday to extend employment benefits to same sex couples employed by the UM System.

“Effectively, more and more employers and institutions such as the University of Missouri System realize you need to have these types of benefits in order to remain competitive in a state environment,” said AJ Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – a Missouri LGBT rights group that has been advocating for this change.

Bockelman estimates that benefits will be extended to approximately 250 couples throughout the state.

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Central Standard
8:55 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Transgendered KC

Gender identity is central to one's sense of self. So, when an individual undergoes a physical transformation, they alter more than just their appearance. It's an emotional journey that transforms lives.

On Thursday’s Central Standard, we'll be joined by members of our local transgender community.

Learn about a group that's still struggling for visibility, recognition and equality. Plus, find out about the step-by-step process to constructing a new identity.

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Central Standard
9:11 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Drepung Gomang Monks / LGBTQ Youth Activism

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On Thursday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison is joined by a group of Tibetan monks currently touring the city. We'll talk about their simplistic, yet powerful values. Plus, hear some chants for peace and healing.

Then, later in the hour, we’ll talk with an ambitious group of young people about LGBTQ activism in schools and in the community.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Health
1:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

New Report Says LGBT Missourians Less Healthy Than General Population

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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Religion
10:18 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Local Presbyterian Pastor Becomes Advocate For Gay Rights

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Probably the most volatile fault line in America’s shifting opinion on gay rights is in churches. Both those who support gay rights and those who don’t claim that their beliefs are supported by their church’s teachings.  

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Missouri Statehouse
1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

VIDEO: Kirksville Republican Comes Out, Denounces 'Don't Say Gay'

Mo. State Representative Zachary Wyatt told fellow members of the House of Representatives that he is gay this morning, according to the Kirksville Daily Express. He spoke out to denounce House Bill 2051, which would ban discussions of homosexuality in public schools.

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