06/05/23 Missouri Mondays - June is Pride Month! Honor and Celebrate LGBTQI+ / Voter Resources ...
for the June 20 Municipal Election / News, events and more!
Welcome to another Missouri Mondays! June is Pride month celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York, recognizing “the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” The Biden-Harris Administration recently issued a proclamation reaffirming LGBTQ+ support and commitment. “During Pride Month, we honor a movement that has grown stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive with every passing year. Pride is a celebration of generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought bravely to live openly and authentically. And it is a reminder that we still have generational work to do to ensure that everyone enjoys the full promise of equity, dignity, protection, and freedom.”
We’ve listed several Pride month events in the KC metro as well as important dates and voter resources below for the upcoming June 20 municipal election. No excuse in person absentee voting begins THIS TUESDAY JUNE 6! Also find links below to replay recordings of KCMO candidate forums hosted by the League of Women Voters KC.
Thanks for staying informed and participating in our democracy! Help us spread the word to others and also share our link to sign up for Missouri Mondays: https://www.moactionalliance.com/signup.
ARE YOU READY TO VOTE IN THE JUNE 20 MUNICIPAL ELECTION?
Learn more about KCMO City Council Candidates
The League of Women Voters Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties KCMO City Council Candidate Forum recordings can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. Find information about becoming a LWV member HERE: https://lwvkc.org/content.aspx
KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL ELECTION JUNE 20, 2023
ELECTION DAY: JUNE 20, 2023
LAST DAY TO REGISTER: MAY 24
IN PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING BEGINS: MAY 9
NO EXCUSE IN PERSON ABSENTEE (EARLY) VOTING OPENS: JUNE 6
For more information: https://www.kceb.org
Current ballot: https://www.kceb.org/elections/ballot/
ELECTION PROTECTION - 866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) – If you encounter a problem at your polling place, call a trained expert at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
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Personalized voting information, a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:
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Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters
Our work to protect the vote requires our continued attention! So we hope you'll join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri!
JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH!
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Find more information on LGBTQ Pride Month at the Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/
Kansas City Pride Events 2023
KC Pride Fest
47th & Oak St.
Friday June 9 - 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sat June 10 - 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sun June 11 - 11:00am - 5:00 pm
Find more information here: https://kcpridealliance.org/2023-kcpride-info/
Kansas City PrideFest is an LGBTQ+ festival featuring a main stage with local acts, national recording artists, vendors, food trucks, family activities, and more. The festival will take place from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th at Theis Park. All ages are welcome. Sunday is focused on family friendly entertainment and activities.
KC Pride Parade
Kicks off at Westport Rd & Broadway Blvd
More information at Kansas City Pride Community Alliance https://kcpridealliance.org/
The parade kicks off at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10th from Westport Rd. & Broadway Blvd. It will march south on Broadway, continue onto Mill Creek Parkway where it will turn LEFT onto Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. and continue to the endpoint at Theis Park. There is no charge to view the parade, just find your favorite location along the route. A map of the parade route can be found below.
KC Royals Pride Night
Fri June 16
Pregame show 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
First pitch 7:10 pm
More information here: https://www.mlb.com/royals/tickets/specials/pride
June is Pride Month, and the Royals are delighted to recognize love and community at Pride Night on June 16th! Grab your friends and join us for this special night of summer baseball, celebration, and festivities, featuring the Divas of Hamburger Mary’s. The pregame show will run from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Hall of Fame tent (inside Gate A) and you’ll receive an exclusive KC Pride Flag with the purchase of your theme ticket.
LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Kansas City KS Public Library - West Wyandotte Library
1737 N 82nd Street
Kansas City, KS 66112
Sat June 17
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Registration is encouraged but not required - https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/event/lgbtq-film-festival
Come celebrate Pride Month at the West Wyandotte Public Library with our first annual LGBTQ+ film festival. We will be watching three films:
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
The Birdcage (1996)
Feel free to pop in for your favorite movie or stay for the entire show! Snacks, refreshments, and other goodies will be provided. Registration is encouraged but not required.
STAY INFORMED WITH THESE HELPFUL RESOURCES
2023 Missouri Legislative Session Wrap-up from League of Women Voters of Kansas City / Jackson-Clay-Platte Counties
Check out this great summary of the 2023 MO legislative session here:
THE HEARTLAND POD
INTERVIEW WITH MISSOURI ACTION ALLIANCE
Marsha Lerenberg from Missouri Action Alliance joins Adam Sommer for a chat about how with just a simple sign up you too can be informed, engaged, and involved with State politics in the heartland.
Listen on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IESESihHx8
You can also find more Heartland POD podcasts on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/@TheHeartlandPOD
More information about The Heartland POD and how you can support their work lifting up heartland voices: https://heartlandpod.com/the-heartland-pod
FIND MORE UPCOMING ACTIONS AND EVENTS here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19AZUdtRH5WXefOC4Q5D9u-HyuzhBEL8rYX9Ospn3n18/edit?usp=sharing
CHECK OUT OUR MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!
With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing!
Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing
THANK YOU! for staying informed and participating in democracy to make your voice heard!
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