From protests and a Pride parade to working against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and more, the transgender community in Lawrence celebrated joy and resilience in many ways throughout 2023.
Activists with No SB 180 in Lawrence, who recently saw the Lawrence City Commission act quickly to pass a local ordinance against Kansas’ anti-trans legislation, are celebrating their successful campaign with a party this week.
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance that expands local protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the wake of Kansas’ new anti-trans legislation.
Ruby Johnson said she began to live as herself when she came out in Lawrence. She asked city commissioners Tuesday evening to adopt a safe haven ordinance to create more protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. And they did, 5-0.
Following a push by local activists, Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will consider approving an ordinance to enhance protections for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
Lawrence community members and representatives from organizations gathered Saturday morning at South Park for a rally with a strong message: Pride never ends.
No SB 180 in Lawrence, a group of local activists who have joined together to fight Kansas’ anti-transgender legislation, will host a celebration of trans performers and a call for action on Tuesday.
After hearing from about 70 people Tuesday, Vice Mayor Bart Littlejohn encouraged people to reach out to the city to discuss possibilities for an ordinance to protect transgender and gender-nonconforming people from Kansas’ anti-trans legislation.
Lawrence activists are working on multifaceted approaches to stand against multiple Kansas laws targeting transgender and gender-nonconforming people — including drafting a “safe haven” city ordinance.
Nearly three dozen people spoke to the Lawrence City Commission Tuesday, asking commissioners to make Lawrence a sanctuary city for transgender and nonbinary people by taking a stand against the Kansas Legislature.
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