2017 KC BEAR MAFIA GRANT BENEFICIARIES
Kansas City Center for Inclusion
The Kansas City Center for Inclusion, Inc. (KCCI) is Kansas City’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community center. They are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Originally formed in 2012 under a different name, the KCCI continues to provide a safe, welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community, their friends, family, and allies. In addition to this part of KCCI’s mission, they are also focused on building synergy and partnerships with other organizations to provide further opportunities in the Greater Kansas City area.
As a Center, they have been fortunate to be led by some fantastic people, including Chely Wright and Felicia Kyle. As they continue in the KC community, they will continue to offer programs and services to help the community as a whole.
Their Mission is to provide a safe, welcoming place where LGBTQ+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education and resources; and, to build a cohesive LGBTQ+ community in the Midwest.
Find out more by visiting their website: www.inclusivekc.org
MID AMERICA FREEDOM BAND
MAFB proudly represents the LGBTQIA community, performing at a wide variety of venues across the Kansas City metropolitan area including area churches, local parades, street festivals, and concert halls. In 2012–13, MAFB performed at Unity Temple, Spirit of Hope MCC, Brookside St. Patrick’s Day Parade, All Soul’s Unitarian Church, Kansas City AIDS Walk, Troost Festival, and has been invited to play at both Kansas City and St. Joseph Pride events. Liberty Memorial has requested our musicians perform for its Veterans’ Day Ceremony in November. The season for 2015–16 currently has a 3-concert season of the concert band with 5 performances, 4 jazz band appearances, and 2 parades scheduled with more to be added to the jazz band and parade calendar.
Learn more about the Freedom Band and see their concert schedule on their website: www.freedomband.com
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is the only organization in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, or Nebraska solely dedicated to providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) victims of domestic and sexual violence as well as bias crimes (also called hate crimes).
KCAVP was created in October 2002 in response to a murder-suicide that occurred in Kansas City. While members of the LGBTQ community were aware that the individuals involved were a gay couple, local media reported that the two men were roommates. After discussions about possible resources in the area for LGBTQ individuals experiencing domestic violence, it was discovered that no LGBTQ-specific resources existed to help those in the community. As a response, KCAVP was formed to to bridge the lack of services available to LGBTQ victims of violence and to educate both the LGBTQ community and the community at large about violence in the LGBTQ community.
For more information about The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. visit their website: http://www.kcavp.org