By Jamie Rhodes
WICHITA - Before Rodney King, shortly after the Civil Rights movement and during the sexual revolution of the 60s, there was the fight and struggle for equality and civil rights among the LGBT population.
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn located in New York City had been raided by police for the second time that week, along with other gay bars in the area. Cross-dressers and staff who were in the club that early morning were arrested. During the arrests, the clientele erupted into a struggle with police, which eventually turned into violent riots.
Demonstrations and protests were held. A month later, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was formed, which eventually spread into over 400 national organizations.
The Stonewall Riots were a turning point for the LGBTQ community and can be considered the start of the civil rights movement for homosexuals.
To commemorate the events at Stonewall, Gay Pride events started springing up across the country in June.
The events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.
According to the Library of Congress, “The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Wichita has celebrated pride month off and on since the early 80s. The first actual Pride Festival in Wichita was founded by Wichitan Kristi Parker in 1994.
This year’s three-day event, held June 16-18, includes a festival, rally, parade, dance, family picnic, drag show and scavenger hunt. A full list of activities and the Pride Guide can be found at www.wichitapride.org.
By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
KANSAS CITY - Tig Notaro has been through a lot in the last five years. In 2012, in the span of four months, she was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer.
Amazingly, she was on stage just a few days later, sharing her raw and powerful health news with the audience, and ultimately, the world via her CD, Live. Her comedy set on the night she revealed her cancer diagnosis was incredibly brave, honest, heartbreaking, and yes – funny.
Two years later, she performed a live show topless, displaying her scars and showing infinite courage.
BUTLER, HARVEY, SEDGWICK COUNTY - Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides checks to purchase an array of healthy foods at farmers markets throughout the state.
The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey from authorized farmers at local participating farmers markets June 1-Nov. 1. Checks are available in $5 increments.
To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:
1. A senior must be 60 years old or older.
2. A senior’s annual gross household income (before taxes are withheld) must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. For example, a household of one must have an annual gross income at or below $21,978 or a monthly gross income at or below $1,832.
Applications are available at the Butler County Dept. on Aging (316)775-0500, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging 1-855-200-2372, and the Harvey County Dept. on Aging (316)284-6880. l