An effort to entice greater representation at 12th & Oak has exploded in the face of city hall politicos.
To wit, on the QT and very hush hush . . . Behind the scenes . . .
KANSAS CITY LGBT LEADERS DID NOT TGIF AFTER THE COUNCIL VOTED TO UNDERMINE A LONGSTANDING LOCAL COMMISH AND PROMOTE THE CAREERS OF 2020 PROTEST POWER PLAYERS!!!
The hot take sent our way was quick and to the point . . .
"The Human Rights Commission that we’ve had for years at City Hall is already covering this."
As always we dug deeper and reached out to a few local LGBT leaders to garner a better perspective on this hot mess in the making . . . Here's the word . .
"The Mayor & The Council have their right to play favorites but this is disgusting. They're undermining the work of hundreds of people who have volunteered and devoted their time over years just to give one of their friends a soap box with absolutely zero responsibility. The arrangement isn't equitable or just. From what we can tell, the KC HRC will keep doing the work and then the 'commission' will simply take our findings, outreach and contacts and use them with our without including a more diverse cross-section of the community. It's a hostile take over and nothing less. We'll wait to see how this plays out but already it's was horrible to see that the mayor & council did this without any discussion. If this continues, I know that at least half of the volunteers are ready to opt out."
A few of things to remember:
- The city’s Human Rights Commission voted not to recommend a proposal for the new group to the City Council.
- Council Lady Katheryn Shields was rebuked for suggesting the LGBTQ+ Commish operate under the HRC.
- There was no public testimony allowed before the vote.
Sadly, the effort at "inclusion" has served as a "slap in the face" to many volunteer who see this move as the mayor & council attempting to subvert established Kansas City LGBT leaders and install their own far less experienced representatives.
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