Kansas City played a significant role in the battle to protect the rights and gays and lesbians. A planned documentary called “The Ordinance Project” will chronicle the little-known story of local efforts in the 1990s to pass civil-rights protections based on sexual orientation and HIV-status.
Kansas City played a significant role in the battle to protect the rights and gays and lesbians. A planned documentary called “The Ordinance Project” will chronicle the little-known story of local efforts in the 1990s to pass civil-rights protections based on sexual orientation and HIV-status.
Kansas City played a significant role in the battle to protect the rights and gays and lesbians. A planned documentary called “The Ordinance Project” will chronicle the little-known story of local efforts in the 1990s to pass civil-rights protections based on sexual orientation and HIV-status.

Why Kansas City’s contentious LGBT history is relevant today

July 30, 2017 08:30 PM

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