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BlaqOut was founded in 2017 by D. Rashaan Gilmore. Its mission is to create a community where Black people of queer and trans experience and their allies are connected and supported, have access to equitable healthcare and safe spaces, and enjoy sufficient resources to help them thrive. By focusing its efforts on improving healthcare and wellness outcomes for some of the most marginalized, BlaqOut has created new pathways to better care for its core membership, Kansas City’s Black, LGBTQ+ community. Founder and Executive Director D. Rashaan Gilmore said, “Of course, we welcome our allies as well; there is space for all. We just want to make sure that our community, which is so often left behind, is prioritized through the services and partnerships that we offer.” BlaqOut is creating Kansas City’s first and only permanent safe space for the Black, queer community. BlaqOut’s multifaceted facility will provide social support, reduce HIV and LGBTQ stigma, and foster a sense of community for Black queer people in our area. The organization’s Culture of Care capital campaign will raise funds for continued innovative solutions to healthcare and wellness. Learn more at BlaqOut.org.

Deon Walton, John Holder, and Trell West


John Holder and James London


Terry C. Wilson II, Quintez Fox, and Jay Nedaj

Featured in the June 10, 2023 issue of the Independent.
Photo Credit: Kenny Johnson Photography



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Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman…

Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the…