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The June 10th issue of The Independent, in celebration of Pride Month, highlights non-profit organizations who support LGBTQ+ community members in Kansas City, LGBTQ+ locally-owned businesses, and so much more. Click the image below to read the digital version of the Magazine. 

June 10, 2023 Signature Issue

Cheers To Volunteers! – The HeartLight Group at the Heartland Men’s Chorus #PRIDE

The HeartLight group at the Heartland Men’s Chorus is made up of people who don’t sing, but provide support in a variety of ways. Depending on their schedules, members of HeartLight may participate by attending the weekly rehearsals and assisting with setup, volunteering to help with events such as concerts, or in other ways, such […]

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Rachel’s Reads – June 2023 #PRIDE

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”  – Audre Lorde Books, like people, come in all types of packages. There are different sizes, lengths, and genres. There are picture books (and graphic novels) where the image takes center stage, and fiction that paints […]

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Palatable Pursuits: Anchor Island Coffee #PRIDE

Anchor Island Coffee is located on the southeast corner of 41st and Troost. Serving specialty coffees and drinks, its menu is eclectic and there is something for everyone. One of my favorites is the Horchata Latte—a blend of espresso, vanilla, rice milk, and cinnamon. For the non-coffee drinkers, there is an array of fun drinks, […]

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The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) #PRIDE

The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA) includes a wide range of items, such as personal and organizational papers, images, magazines, ephemera, memorabilia, and other materials related to the history of the local LGBT communities. The Archives has two repositories: the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library at the University of […]

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Philanthropy MATTERS – John Wingert #PRIDE

To learn more about becoming a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Kansas City Chapter, please visit afpkc.org. The Independent is proud to be the exclusive media partner of AFPKC. John Wingert is the annual giving and donor engagement specialist at the Kansas City Public Library. John said, “Whether it includes teaching reading to children, […]

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SAVE, Inc. was founded in 1986 as a response to the AIDS epidemic. When largely the gay male population was being affected by the disease, a group of volunteers founded SAVE Home. It was the first AIDS-specific hospice in the state of Missouri, and provided people who had lost everything due to the stigma around […]

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Our Spot KC #PRIDE

Our Spot KC was founded by Starzette Palmer in 2016. Its mission is to provide safe, accepting, and affirming programming, services, and resources to empower the LGBTQ+ community. The organization provides advocacy, basic needs, crisis response, training/technical assistance, and housing. Our Spot KC’s housing program, Lion House, features emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing […]

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Modern Family Alliance #PRIDE

Modern Family Alliance was founded in 2002 by Lynn Barnett, Cathy Hiersteiner, Lisa Fogle, Angela Metzger Degnon, and Gina Barnett. Its mission involves supporting LGBTQ+ parents and their children through events, resources, and education and fostering a community that is inclusive of all families. In 2005, the organization began hosting quarterly events, such as community […]

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Mid America Freedom Band #PRIDE

The Mid America Freedom Band was founded by Alan Day and Zachary Parker in 2001. It is now in its 20th season. During that time, it has grown from 14 musicians to more than 80. It currently operates three component ensembles: a full concert band, a jazz band known as the Mighty Mo Jazz Orchestra, […]

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Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce #PRIDE

“Our Chamber is uniquely poised at the nexus of business, advocacy, and the LGBTQ+ community. We provide many of the same services other area Chambers of Commerce provide, with the added focus of creating an inclusive and equitable business environment for our businesses and their employees,” said Suzanne Wheeler, who founded the organization in 2012. […]

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The Kansas City Rainbow Tour #PRIDE

The Kansas City Rainbow Tour is a self-guided, app-narrated history of Kansas City’s rich LGBTQ+ past. The driving tour is the creation of Joel Barrett and is presented by Joel Speaks Out. A launch party was held on June 3rd at the Kansas City Museum. The Tour takes approximately one hour. It begins near the […]

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Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City #PRIDE

Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City was founded in 1986. The organization’s mission is to build community, celebrate pride, and empower authenticity. “The Heartland Men’s Chorus Kansas City’s vision is singing to inspire a world of love and acceptance. We are at the forefront of the LGBTQ performing arts movement,” said Mitch Weber, HMCKC. He added, […]

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Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City – #PRIDE Build

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City was founded in 1979 by Mary and John Pritchard, along with members of a board of directors. Since then, the organization has built or renovated more than 800 homes in six counties in Missouri and Kansas. Its programs include Pride Build, which supports members of the LGBTQ+ community by […]

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Project Pride at The Coterie Theatre – #PRIDE

The Coterie Theatre was founded in 1979 by Judith Yeckel and Vicky Lee. Its mission is to provide professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist and provides educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. It seeks to open communication between races, genders, and generations by redefining children’s theatre to include families and […]

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WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS: LGBTQ performing-arts collective is ready to tackle big issues

Some of the most extraordinary inventions are born almost inadvertently, on the way to creating something entirely different. Even the Slinky was the byproduct of industrial springs manufactured to protect sensitive maritime instruments in rough seas. OUTside VoicesKC, Kansas City’s newest LGBTQ-friendly choir, was forged in a cauldron of change that has now produced one […]

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Art Scene – #PRIDE

We are all so magnificently different. The recent trend seems to be the wielding of differences to pry people apart. It seems like a much better use of time to examine and exalt variations in style, choice, flavor, characteristics, and opinions. Starting right here seems like a good exercise in the fluid movement of understanding […]

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BlaqOut #PRIDE

BlaqOut was founded in 2017 by D. Rashaan Gilmore. Its mission is to create a community where Black people of queer and trans experience and their allies are connected and supported, have access to equitable healthcare and safe spaces, and enjoy sufficient resources to help them thrive. By focusing its efforts on improving healthcare and […]

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2023 Class Of Rising Stars – Chris Stibbs

Meet Christopher Stibbs, an extraordinary individual whose unwavering dedication and passion have made him a force of nature in the non-profit sector. Chris has become a role model of altruism, leading the charge to address ongoing issues and bring about positive change within Kansas City. Recognized as one of The Independent’s 2023 Class of Rising […]

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