A small exhibition about an outsized legacy proves that small groups of committed people can change the world in profound ways. Christopher D. Surviving photographs of bars and private parties reveal hotbeds of dancing, drinking and performing, but just as important, a hard-won, fun-loving sense of community.
By Andrew Collins. The largest city in Missouri, Kansas City is something of a magnet for lesbians and gays who grow up not just in the immediate region but throughout the neighborhood Plains states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. The laid-back city with a high quality of life also has a thriving LGBT scene, much of it the adjoining Midtown and Westport Districts.
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However, every city has its ups and downs. Ever been to the the Marina in San Francisco? Probably not, and there are many reasons why.
Buddies KC, the long-running midtown gay bar at Main, has officially closed. Norris says that, a few weeks ago, police stopped by Buddies to collect hard drives and laptops as part of the investigation into his death. Mecker had been involved with Buddies for 20 years, first as a manager, then as owner.
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Listen Listening Was the State Hotel at 12th Street and Wyandotte the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement? But the real foundational moment may have been a quiet meeting here in Kansas City. It flew under most people's radar at the time, and remains a relatively unknown historical event even today.