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LGBTQ issues

By Jodi Fortino A new school year brings new starts — and for Riley Long, this year, it brings several. He moved to Blue Valley West High School this year after teaching middle school special education in the district for the...
By Rose Conlon, Blaise Mesa Transgender Kansans who legally changed the gender on their drivers’ licenses or birth certificates will soon see them changed back by the state, Attorney General Kris Kobach said. Kobach said Monday that an expansive new...
By Rose Conlon Thea Howard worried that coming out as a transgender woman would cost her the job she’s held for six-plus years. “That was my fear — that I would be fired when I came out,” she said. When it became...
In the wake of an announcement last week of a possible split within the United Methodist Church, some Shawnee Mission area clergy say they've share with their congregations their plans to continue supporting incorporation of LGBTQ clergy and performing...
A proposal introduced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would roll back a requirement that foster care and adoption agencies receiving federal funds may not refuse to place children with same sex couples has prompted...
The Unified School District No. 232 Board of Education will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in all of its district policies, a move that would conform with current nondiscrimination policy adopted earlier this year. At...
The experience Jacob Moyer says he had in Overland Park Monday was overtly hostile, but not necessarily uncommon, according to LGBTQ residents who have spoken out in favor of a non-discrimination ordinance. Moyer, of Lenexa, said he was in a...
The largest city in Johnson County and the second largest city in the state of Kansas will formally consider adoption of a non-discrimination ordinance with legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals on Monday. Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach today announced he...
After about an hour of discussion and listening to public comment — nearly all of which was supportive — the Lenexa city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that provides legal protections on the basis of sexual...
Lenexa city leaders on Tuesday will formally take up consideration of a nondiscrimination ordinance with protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Additionally, the council is set to consider measures that would extend protections under the city’s hiring policies as well as a...
A month after two marathon meetings in which dozens of Shawnee residents spoke for and against a nondiscrimination ordinance with protections for LGBTQ+ individuals — an ordinance the city council adopted on a 5-2 vote — a few returned...
More than 50 people Wednesday presented heartfelt pleas to Overland Park leaders to approve an ordinance with legal protections from discrimination for the LGBTQ+ community, despite a grim assessment from the city’s legal department about its enforceability. The crowd at...