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The Kansas City Rainbow Tour #PRIDE

The Kansas City Rainbow Tour is a self-guided, app-narrated history of Kansas City’s rich LGBTQ+ past. The driving tour is the creation of Joel Barrett and is presented by Joel Speaks Out. A launch party was held on June 3rd at the Kansas City Museum. The Tour takes approximately one hour. It begins near the University of Missouri–Kansas City and ends at the Kansas City Museum. Along the way are more than 20 stops at places such as Womontown, Liberty Memorial, the Jazz District, and many more, including some well-remembered gay bars. The Tour received a Rocket Grant made possible by the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Thanks to generous donors, the Tour is free to users. Learn more at KCRainbowTour.com

Joel Barrett, Joel Speaks Out


Lea Hopkins, the first Black Playboy Bunny in Kansas City – later, she was the organizer of the first Pride Parade in Our Town


Postcard of the Jewel Box Lounge (Courtesy of GLAMA)


First Pride Parade in Kansas City, 1979

Featured in the June 10, 2023 issue of The Independent.




War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race…

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…