Why more cities in Kansas are talking about protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination


Recent discussions about protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination in Prairie Village and Mission, Kansas, recall a similar, highly controversial effort a few years ago in Roeland Park — and a quiet development in Wyandotte County earlier this year.

“If I worked in Prairie Village I could be fired for being gay. I’m married to my wife, but if I displayed a picture of her on my desk, it would be legal to be fired for that,” says Kaitlan Vaughn, who lives on a tree-lined block in that city.

Last month, Prairie Village City Council members were scheduled to listen to public testimony on a proposed measure that would make it illegal to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community. After six council members didn’t attend, the meeting was canceled and rescheduled for October 15. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR

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