TBW General Meeting: The Local LGBT Community: Then and Now

  • 29 Nov 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Matt Ross Community Center

The Local LGBT Community: Then and Now

Wednesday, November 29
Social:  6:30 pm
Meeting:  7:00 pm
Matt Ross Community Center

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.

Our panel discussion will feature: 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, authenticity.org.  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, non profit 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 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. 


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