Midwest LGBT conference in Kansas City tackles ongoing concerns

02/10/2014 11:22 AM

02/11/2014 6:09 PM

What an incredible time for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference to take place in Kansas City.

The event sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City started Friday and ended Sunday at Bartle Hall downtown. It occurred as Michael Sam, a University of Missouri-Columbia senior defensive end went public, telling the nation that he is openly gay and wants to be the NFL’s first officially openly gay player.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder added to media attention on LGBT issues saying the Justice Department would for the first time give lawful same-sex marriages equal protection under the law in programs, including courthouse proceedings to surviving spouses of public safety officers.

Those are huge breakthroughs, and the hundreds of mostly students at the conference got to celebrate the changes with young people in the LGBT community on college campuses throughout the region. Forums and speeches included identify issues, media, finances, coming out concerns, safety and religion.

What was good is there was no sign or even talk at the conference of Fred Phelps or his anti-gay congregation from Topeka picketing the conference.

How cool is that?


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