Catholic university in Kansas plans LGBTQ group

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Newman University, a private Catholic school in Wichita, plans to offer a group next year to support its LGBTQ students while continuing to emphasize Catholic teaching that condones sex only in marriage between a man and a woman.

In response to growing interest among students to recognize the school’s diversity, the university formed a committee to plan the LGBTQ group. The committee met over the summer and fall of 2016 and used a model used at Notre Dame, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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Transgender student named king of Kansas school dance

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) – A 17-year-old transgender student who advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights at a suburban Wichita high school was named king of a winter ball after receiving the most votes from his fellow students.

Derby High School Tyler Krayer said he at first thought it was a joke when he found out he was nominated for the Holly Ball King, The Wichita Eagle reported.

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America’s preeminent progressive rock band Kansas returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday, November 11 at 8pm celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their breakthrough album Leftoverture. To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts and new songs from their soon to be released album The Prelude Implicit.

In 1976, KANSAS released the album Leftoverture, which included the smash hit, and million-selling single Carry On Wayward Son, along with fan favorites such as The Wall, Miracles Out Of Nowhere and What’s On My Mind, Leftoverture became the band’s breakthrough album. The album peaked at £5 on Billboard’s album charts and reached sextuple-platinum status for more than six million copies sold.

“These definitely will not be your typical KANSAS concerts of the past few years,” commented original KANSAS guitarist Richard Williams. “This is incredibly exciting for the entire band, and hopefully our fans. It’s something we’ve never done before, play an album in its entirety, as part of a set. Leftoverture was our breakthrough and it’s special that we are getting to celebrate it 40 years later. We’ve never even played Questions of My Childhood live before. I can’t wait!”

Lawyers who challenged Kansas gay marriage ban awarded $295K

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has directed Kansas to pay $295,000 to attorneys who successfully challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage in a lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Sept. 27 approved a request from American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and Kansas City-area attorney Mark Johnson.

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Homophobic Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp loses Republican primary

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Homophobic Rep. Congressman Tim Huelskamp lost the GOP nomination to continue representing Kansas’ largely rural 1st District to Roger Marshall, a political newcomer.

Hutchinson, Kan. (AP) – Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been a thorn in the side of the Republican establishment since his election to Congress amid the tea party wave of 2010, and his clashes with former House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders helped get him booted from the House Agriculture Committee.

That proved costly for the third-term congressman on August 2, as he lost the GOP nomination to continue representing Kansas’ largely rural 1st District to Roger Marshall, a political newcomer who had the backing of powerful farming and business groups.

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Kansas school district implements bathroom equality, parents react

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Derby, Kan. (AP) – A south-central Kansas school district has agreed to let students use bathrooms matching their gender identity while a local task force explores the issue that has divided the school system’s patrons.

The governing board of the Derby school system near Wichita made that decision on July 25, the Wichita Eagle reported.

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Judge to monitor Kansas’ actions on same-sex marriage

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge told Kansas on July 22 that for three more years he will monitor its compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a permanent barring the state from treating same-sex couples differently than opposite-sex couples in allowing them to marry or extending “other rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage” to them.

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Kansas man charged in death of transgender woman

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) — A 29-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in the death of transgender woman who a witness said was intentionally run over several times and left to die.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Monday that Luis M. Sanchez was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

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School superintendents disregard advice to deny transgender bathroom access

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of central and western Kansas school superintendents say they have no intention of following U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s advice to disregard a recent transgender bathroom directive from President Barack Obama’s administration.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reached out to 129 school superintendents who were given the Republican congressman’s letter and received responses from 30 of them.

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Kansas Senate to vote on condemning transgender guidance

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Topeka, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate is considering a resolution condemning a recent Obama administration decree that public schools allow transgender students to use the restrooms that match their gender identity, not their sex at birth.

The nonbinding resolution comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that legislators failed to equitably fund the school’s 286 public school districts. Justices warned that public schools will be unable to open in August if legislators don’t pass a measure by June 30 that adequately funds poor school districts. Opponents of the measure contend that it serves as a distraction on the last day of the annual session.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Jen McCoy and Pauline Lopez

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Jen McCoy and Pauline Lopez“I think the turning point was when we started meeting sometimes at lunch, because we both worked so close, so we would go sit in a park or walk in a park,” Jen says. “I don’t remember at what point it was, but I was just like, ‘I think I’m falling in love.’”

Jen McCoy, 49, a senior analyst at Nemours Children’s Hospital, and Pauline Lopez, 56, a financial coordinator at Orlando Periodontist Office, were married on August 22, 2015, which was just over six years after they had their commitment ceremony in May 2009. But the Winter Park couple’s love story goes back to a chance encounter when they both lived in Kansas.

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Wide stance: Kansas “bathroom bill” scrapes the bottom of the bowl

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If you weren’t aware that absurd anti-LGBT policy discussions had reached the horizon of legislative credulity, then you should probably take a look at Kansas (or Sarasota, or South Dakota or North Carolina, really). Today, progressive website thinkprogress.com reports that some strangely obsessed legislators in Kansas are taking the toilet-talk to a new level. Kids could be paid a ransom for outing trans students in the “wrong” bathrooms.

“The complementary bills (SB 513 and HB 2737) declare in no uncertain terms that transgender students are going to harm other students just by using the same facility alongside them. ‘Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students,’ they read.”

“Like bills proposed in other states, these measures attempt to define “sex” in a narrow way — in this case, ‘the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.'”

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