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Kansas City Pride Organizers Respond to Gay Protests

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It’s not out of the ordinary for conservative activists to protest gay pride events in any given city. But it’s rare to see what’s happening in Kansas City, Missouri – where this year’s Pride is being protested by GAY activists. Specifically, activists take issue with Pride’s choice of venue for its party event – the indoor/outdoor bar and entertainment complex known as the “Power and Light District.” Activist Gretchen Weiners is leading the campaign against the event. She says Power and Light has created an atmosphere that is racist, classist, homophobic and transphobic — from what she described as basically an anti-urban, “business casual” dress code — to a potential restroom situation during Pride.

Weiners: “They had said that there was one, maybe one “family” restroom that trans people could use, or that they could bring in a bunch of port-a-potties, and basically let all the freaks pee in one place.”

But Pride organizers see it another way. Rick Baumgardner is President of “Show Me Pride.” He says officials at Power and Light went to HIM and VOLUNTEERED to host a Pride event there – possibly in part, to reach out to a community who may have felt unwelcome there.

Baumgardner: “My social activism as the president of Pride says we got approval from a group for five hours to come down there and be accepted, be who we are, show the city that we’re there, participate well within the city, and just be there.”

As for the allegations of racism, Baumgardner says the Power and Light District also offered itself to the NAACP, which will be holding its annual convention there in July.


Written by OutQ News staff

April 8, 2010 at 2:32 PM

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  1. This is incredibly biased!

    For those of you who are not aware of the race relations going on in Kansas City, the P&L has been protested by groups like the NAACP, the Urban League and the ACLU.

    Yes, the annual convention of the NAACP will be there, but did you know that the local chapter is planning on picketing and is asking them to NOT support it?

    They are dropping the dress code for one night and it’s offensive and insulting to our community to come and let the freaks in and make a few bucks. That is NOT reaching out to our community. They’re just doing something that other straight establishments have learned: queers make them money!


    April 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM

  2. Wow! 5 WHOLE HOURS of being ACCEPTED in a place where during ANY other time we wouldn’t even be welcome! Oh they so graciously offered to let us have pride there? Out of the kindness of their little bigot hearts? Awesome. Their are two big reasons why power and light volunteered.
    1.) THE MONEY. that’s a given.
    2.) And to help their tattered image of being “that prejudice place where only rich white people are welcome”

    If businesses are going to make a profit off of pride, it should be a business that supports queers, and anyone for that matter. Not one that discriminates. It’s disgusting that the Pride organizers don’t see past this. Or maybe the disgusting part is that they DO see past it, and just don’t care.


    April 8, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    • I guess we can amend that tatter image to say that rich white queers are also welcome. Pride does see past it, they know the objections. They are concerned with the same thing P&L is, $$. Let’s not forget KC Pride LLC is a for-profit corporation.


      April 9, 2010 at 2:04 PM

  3. First of all I am a middle class black gay women and I’m not going to attend this five hour get along the Power and Light District has several law suits being brought against them for racial prejudice as well as homophobia, and unfair practices of admitting US (black and gay) into thier establishments it would be saying its ok to treat us differently if we support this don’t do me any favors say NO to PLD!!!!!!!!


    May 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM

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