Gay, Native American Democrat busts candidate mold in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) | Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas added her name Wednesday to her party’s increasingly diverse slate of candidates advancing to the November ballot.

Davids, who would be the first gay, Native American elected to Congress, narrowly won a six-way primary in her eastern Kansas district, shattering the mold for a congressional primary winner in conservative Kansas and embodying the range of ethnicities and sexual orientations of Democratic candidates running throughout the country this fall.

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Court: Kansas did not violate transgender inmate’s rights

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ABOVE: El Dorado Correctional Facility, where Michelle Renee Lamb is currently held. Photo courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections’ website. 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) | A federal appeals court says Kansas prison officials aren’t deliberately indifferent to a transgender inmate who says her medical treatment is so poor it violates her constitutional rights.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of prison officials in a dispute with Michelle Renee Lamb.

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Kansas governor signs ‘religious freedom’ anti-LGBTQ adoption law

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed anti-LGBTQ adoption legislation making his state the latest to enact a “religious freedom” law enabling taxpayer-funded agencies to deny placement into LGBTQ homes.

Colyer signed the legislation, Senate Bill 284, into law on Friday, according to a local media report. The Washington Blade has placed a call in with Colyer’s office seeking confirmation that he signed the bill.

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Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBTQ adoptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBTQ homes.

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBTQ rights. Both Kansas and Oklahoma have GOP-controlled legislatures and governors, but in Kansas, the proposal split Republicans.

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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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