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Brandon West, Speaker

Executive director of the national nonprofit organization Project Q&A, Inc. and development coordinator for the Independence Public Library

Pride: From Stonewall to Small Town Kansas

The social revolution commonly known as Pride has deep connections to Kansas, and today more Kansans and their communities are welcoming their LGBTQ neighbors and friends. The events at Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969 galvanized a generation to stand up for their civil rights. Kansans contributed to this early history, including the design of the iconic rainbow flag. This talk will trace early struggles to gain equality in rights for LGBTQ individuals and today’s broad acceptance of Pride in rural Kansas. 

Contact Brandon directly about speaking at your event:
(620) 891-0177

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