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Kansas Equality Coalition of TopekaKansas Equality Coalition of Topeka, Inc., formerly Equal Justice Coalition, formed in September 2002 after the Topeka City Council voted against expanding the Human Relations Ordinance to include protection from discrimination to all citizens based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Topeka, KS 66604
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About Our ChapterKansas Equality Coalition of Topeka, Inc. works to secure fair treatment for all citizens, especially with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. We recognize the interconnectedness of all forms of oppression and we seek alliances with other organization to combat racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of oppression.
In working toward the goals of redefining Topeka as a fair-minded city and creating social and political change, Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka works toward securing fair treatment and equal rights for all citizens, especially with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity through:
Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka facilitates education in schools, clubs, civic organizations, faith-based institutions, and through workshops. The importance of educating the general community, allies, and others is recognized as one of the key elements to creating change. This education will also be facilitated through public awareness materials, media releases, and public speaking events. Please contact Travis Barnhart, Chair of KEC of Topeka, if you are interested in helping, hosting, or receiving an educational event.
Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is involved with lobbying, talking with voters, going door-to-door to identify supportive voters, and working toward both passing and retaining anti-discrimination legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in the city of Topeka, KS. Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka supports educating lawmakers about the need for progressive legislation.
Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is comprised of supportive allies and individuals who recognize the importance of justice and fair treatment for all citizens in Topeka, KS. We are committed to building a cross-cultural and diverse coalition that is reflective of our community. We are collaborating with clergy, professors, the business community, social service organization, and many other individuals and groups. Additionally, we continue to meet and build partnerships with all types of community leaders and interested individuals. Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is also committed to forming a united front with a clear, strong voice about the need for equality and fair treatment for all people.
Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is currently made up of volunteers and it is because of people's commitment and support for these issues that we are able to continue growing and be successful in our mission. Please contact our secretary, Don Miller, to see how you can become a volunteer.
SUPPORTING STATE-WIDE EFFORTS
Kansas Equality Coalition of Topeka is committed to helping achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals across the State of Kansas. It is because of this commitment that Equal Justice Coalition transitioned to become the Topeka chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition.
Topeka News & Events
HB2453 is dead for the year. After the final hearing yesterday, Senate President Susan Wagle made it clear the bill would not be resurrected during the 2014 legislative session. Here are the three latest articles:
[ Posted: Friday Mar 7 2014, 8:49 am | More Details...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EQUALITY KANSAS CALLS ON LEGISLATURE TO EXPAND NON-DISCRIMINATION STATUTE
Religious freedom debate highlights need for ``sexual orientation and gender identity`` to be added to existing law
Topeka, Kans. - Equality Kansas (formerly the Kansas Equality Coalition) today called on the Kansas Legislature to add ``sexual orientation and gender identity`` to the state statute banning discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and familial status.
[ Posted: Tuesday Mar 4 2014, 9:11 am | More Details...]
In early March, the Senate Judiciary Committee intends to hold information hearings on the subject of religious freedom in Kansas. These hearings are *not* about HB2453, although that bill is the reason the hearings will be held.
I am certain that much of the discussion will center around the intersection of LGBT equality and what some consider the right to discriminate against us based on their religion.
[ Posted: Thursday Feb 20 2014, 7:15 am | More Details...]
``After an initial review, I`ve grown concerned about the practical impact of the bill. A strong majority of my members support laws that define traditional marriage, protect religious institutions, and protect individuals from being forced to violate their personal moral values. However, my members also don`t condone discrimination. If we cannot find ample common round to ease legitimate concerns, I believe a majority of my caucus will not support the bill.``
[ Posted: Thursday Feb 13 2014, 8:04 pm | More Details...]
***IF YOU ARE GOING TO CONTACT THEIR OFFICES, PLEASE BE POLITE.*** The administrative assistants who work in their offices are nice people being paid very little to do difficult jobs.
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[ Posted: Thursday Feb 13 2014, 8:54 am | More Details...]
Yesterday's vote on the so-called "religious liberty" bill was certainly very disappointing, but it was also not the blowout it could have been. It takes 63 votes to pass a bill in the Kansas house; HB2453 had 72 in favor and 49 opposed.
Of those 49 "no" votes, 20 were cast by Republicans, 29 by Democrats. Three Democrats voted with 69 Republicans in favor of the bill. Had Republican leadership not rushed this bill through as fast as possible, I am certain we would have been able to narrow the gap considerably.
[ Posted: Thursday Feb 13 2014, 8:47 am | More Details...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EQUALITY KANSAS, KANSAS EQUALITY PAC CONDEMN HOUSE ACTION LEGALIZING DISCRIMINATION
House Bill 2453 will allow government employees to deny service to same-sex couples
Topeka, Kans. - Equality Kansas (formerly Kansas Equality Coalition), and the affiliated Kansas Equality Political Action Committee condemn today`s action in the Kansas House of Representatives.
``Kansans across the state are rightly appalled that legislators are spending their efforts to pass yet another piece of legislation that seeks to enshrine discrimination against gay and lesbian people into law,`` said Sandra Meade, state chair of Equality Kansas. ``HB 2453 is a blatant attempt to maintain second class citizen status for tax paying gay and lesbian Kansans.``
[ Posted: Wednesday Feb 12 2014, 11:41 am | More Details...]
The Kansas House of Representatives may be voting THIS WEEK on HB 2453, this year's so-called "religious freedom" act.
TIME IS CRITICAL. The other side is pressuring leadership for a vote this week, and they are flooding the statehouse with calls and emails. Help stop this bill - call and email TODAY.
[ Posted: Monday Feb 10 2014, 7:18 am | More Details...]
Representative Michael Houser (R - Cherokee County)
Kansas House of Representatives District 1
Statehouse Phone: 785 296-7679
Statehouse Email: email@example.com
Capitol Address: 300 SW 10th, Room 179N, Topeka, KS 66612
Home Phone: 620 704-3817
[ Posted: Monday Feb 10 2014, 7:10 am | More Details...]
The current bill is located here: http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2453/
What happens if the Kansas ban on same-sex marriage is overturned?
[ Posted: Monday Feb 10 2014, 6:49 am | More Details...] [ Calendar Of Events | Previous News ]