No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas

No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas

by C.J. Janovy


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Far from the coastal centers of culture and politics, Kansas stands at the very center of American stereotypes about red states. In the American imagination, it is a place LGBT people leave. No Place Like Home is about why they stay. The book tells the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naïve Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country’s most hostile states.

The LGBT civil rights movement’s history in California and in big cities such as New York and Washington, DC, has been well documented. But what is it like for LGBT activists in a place like Kansas, where they face much stiffer headwinds? How do they win hearts and minds in the shadow of the Westboro Baptist Church (̶Christian” motto: “God Hates Fags”)? Traveling the state in search of answers—from city to suburb to farm—journalist C. J. Janovy encounters LGBT activists who have fought, in ways big and small, for the acceptance and respect of their neighbors, their communities, and their government. Her book tells the story of these twenty-first-century citizen activists—the issues that unite them, the actions they take, and the personal and larger consequences of their efforts, however successful they might be.

With its close-up view of the lives and work behind LGBT activism in Kansas, No Place Like Home fills a prairie-sized gap in the narrative of civil rights in America. The book also looks forward, as an inspiring guide for progressives concerned about the future of any vilified minority in an increasingly polarized nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700628346
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 308
Sales rank: 397,152
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

C. J. Janovy is an arts reporter and editor for KCUR (Public Radio Kansas City, MO) and former editor of The Pitch.

Table of Contents

Part One--The Defeat:
The Marriage Amendment Years
1. Trouble in Topeka
2. Hearbreak in Trego County
3. College Towns and Rivalries
Part Two--The Dustoff: Battered Activists Organize
4. An Awakening in Wichita
5. Pioneers in Western Kansas
Part Three--The Comback:
Three Cities, Three Losses, and a Year of Wins
6. They'll Take Manhattan
7. Springtime in Salina
8. The Once and Future Hutchinson
9. All Points Bulletins
Part Four--The Transformation:
As Gender Identities Evolve, So Does Kansas
10. Kansas City Royalty
11. Trans Kansas

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