30 Years of Taking Back the Night

By Jamie Rhodes

29-Mar-17 57WICHITA - A few years ago, Gia (not her real name) met a guy, hung out a few of times, then had him over to watch a movie, to which, he made more and more sexual advances toward her. She began to feel uncomfortable and asked him to leave. He refused and kept insisting they have sex.
    In a moment of defeat, awkwardness, and pure annoyance, she unwillingly succumbed to his pleading advances, despite her telling him “no,” just to get him to leave. Many woman may share this similar experience, but are too afraid to call it for what it is: RAPE.

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8th annual Little Apple Pride will be biggest yet

LittleAppleBigPride2017By Kevin Stilley

MANHATTAN - The first Little Apple Pride celebration was held during K-State’s Open House Weekend in April 2010. A rally including a drag show was hosted by K-State’s LGBT and Allies at Triangle Park in Aggieville. Nearly 100 were in attendance.
    The following year, a parade was added to the event. Participants marched from Manhattan’s First Congregational Church to Aggieville. There were rainbow flags and groups carrying banners representing various allied organizations from the Manhattan/Junction City area.
    Sam Brinton says this of the first parade: “So, it’s the day of the first parade. We’ve spent months and months in planning. We did all the paperwork and had the permits. We start getting people ready and realize there is no police escort. People start freaking out.
    “I march into the police station covered in glitter, in my tall heels, and lace-up Apple Bottom jeans. Their eyes go wide. I say, ‘You guaranteed us a police escort. We’ve paid the fees. Now I need you to follow me and escort this parade.’ They got in their car and we showed up to the parade. I’ll never forget that day!”

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Seventh installment of Kid’s Cabaret to benefit Positive Directions

cabaret-for-a-causeBy Kristi Parker

WICHITA - Amy Menas’ The Studio will be hosting its 7th Kid’s Cabaret for a Cause this time to benefit Wichita’s Positive Directions and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in NYC.
    Previous Kid’s Cabarets have raised money for The Treehouse, The Wichita Children’s Home, The Kansas Food Bank and Music Theatre Wichita (MTW).
    Menas, who has taught private voice lessons for more than 25 years, has Studio students ages 7-18. They will perform songs from Broadway’s most famous shows. Performers include 2016 Voice of the Children winner Abby Jolicoeur, James Heinrichs, Chip in MTW 2016 production of Beauty and the Beast, Topher Cundith, Pinocchio and Young Will in 2015 MTW productions My Son, Pinocchio and Big Fish, among others.
    The show is Friday, April 7 at 7:30pm at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Broadway Cares/EFA will provide signed Broadway posters and other Broadway memorabilia. There is a $5 suggested donation. l

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