Action Alert! Legislative Hearing Granted for Non-Discrimination Bill

UPDATE: Because of the COVID-19 emergency, the Kansas Legislature will be adjourning early.  Our hearing has been cancelled.  We'll work for a new hearing next year. We have finally won the right to a hearing on our statewide non-discrimination bill. The House Federal...

Kansas Senate Adds Discriminatory Language to Medicaid Expansion Bill

This week we may see an attempt to pull the Senate's Medicaid expansion bill out of committee. We OPPOSE that bill as it's been amended. As amended by the Senate Health committee, the Medicaid expansion bill has a so-called "conscience" exception that will allow...

Rep Michael Capps Drafts Anti-Trans Student Bill

Earlier this week, Equality Kansas obtained a draft of a bill that targets transgender middle-school and high-school students. Like many bills being introduced by homophobic, right-wing lawmakers around the country, this bill punishes transgender kids by denying their...

Equality Day 2020 Speakers and Event Schedule

Start End Description Where 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Check-in 2nd Floor Rotunda 9:00 AM 9:30 AM Policy briefing Room 287-N 9:30 AM 10:30 AM Conversion Therapy Bill Intro Room 118-N (Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare) 10:00 AM 10:30 AM Policy briefing Room 287-N...

Legislative Talking Points: Please Pass Non-Discrimination Protections!

Please Amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity HB 2130, introduced in the House with 38 bipartisan sponsors, has been referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.  SB 84, with 18 bipartisan...

Join us for Equality Day 2020!

In Kansas, it is legal to fire someone for being gay. It's legal to evict someone for being lesbian. It's legal to refuse to serve someone who is transgender. We have made progress in a number of cities in passing discrimination protections for LGBTQ Kansans, but it's...

Equality Kansas 2019 General Election Endorsements

(Originally posted by Equality Kansas to Equality Kansas News) Tuesday, November 5, is the date for the general election.  Early and absentee voting began this week.  Our endorsements for the election are below. Equality Kansas, when making endorsements, considers a...

EQKS 2019 Municipal and School Board Primary Election Endorsements

(Originally posted by Equality Kansas to Equality Kansas News) Tuesday, August 6, is primary election day for cities and local school boards; Tuesday, November 5, is the date for the general election.  Early and absentee voting begins this week.  Our...

EQKS Director’s Eulogy for Stephanie Mott

(Read at Stephanie Mott's memorial service, March 23 2019) Greetings friends of Stephanie – I met Stephanie sometime in 2008 or 2009. By 2009, she had joined Equality Kansas and soon became a member of our state board. In 2012, she was elected Chair of our board, and...

Action Alert: Call the Legislature Now!

(Originally posted by Equality Kansas to Equality Kansas News The Kansas Legislature has killed, delayed, or refused to address proactive LGBT bills this year. While the extreme-right is busy introducing vile, hateful bills attacking LGBT Kansans, and despite growing...

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