Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump, Kansas and the LGBT community

Contrary to recent reports, it appears that President Donald Trump will not be signing an executive order that would rescind rights and protections for LGBT federal employees.
The White House issued this statement today ...
“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The president is proud to have been the first-ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
The rumors - and I'm assuming they were just rumors for right now - made me think of this Tweet send out the morning after election day. Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback famously signed an executive order that made it legal for a state employer to discriminate against LGBT state workers. (Not so famously, Brownback declined to be interviewed for our documentary.)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Media page is updated

I'm sure we've missed a couple articles, but most of the media coverage surrounding "Out Here In Kansas" has been updated and can be found here.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

How I celebrated Kansas Day

This afternoon, our friends at the Doc Sunback Film Festival had a special event: A screening of Kansas films, made by Kansas filmmakers, shown on Kansas Day.
(That's me on the far right. I love this photo, taken at Luciano's in Mulvane, simply because it contains some of my favorite people.)
It was fun. And hey, let's face it - any January day in Kansas, it's great to just get out of the house.
I hope you do just that in February, where we finally screen our documentary in Butler County here (Feb. 23) and here (Feb. 28).

Friday, January 13, 2017

Kicking off our college spring tour ...

We're excited to announce two screenings for next month at Butler Community College: Thur., Feb. 23 on the El Dorado campus and Tues., Feb. 28 in Andover.
The El Dorado screening will be from 11 a.m.-noon in the Clifford Stone Room of the Hubbard Welcome Center.
The Andover screening will be in the Grizzly Room of its Butler Student Union at 11:30 a.m. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A.
Although the screenings are geared toward the student population, anyone is welcome to come. You can RSVP for these Facebook events page in El Dorado or Andover.
I'm excited about this. I grew up just down the road from BCC and have had a relationship with the college going back to when I used to attend the Grizzlies' football camp. Much of the documentary was filmed in Butler County, which is also where the subject of the film grew up.

Monday, January 9, 2017

What they're doing in Derby about Westboro

So I really didn't think my first post of 2017 was going to be about Westboro Baptist Church. We spent a few seconds discussing their hate tactics in our documentary, but for the most part I treat them as Kansas' crazy uncle who's better left ignored.
However ...
Westboro has announced it is going to be having an organized protest Friday at Derby High School, where our Editor/DP Kenny Linn teaches broadcast and video production. Note: The protest has been changed to Wednesday because of Friday's forecast for freezing rain.
This news hasn't gotten much of a rise out of Kenny. But a couple of folks have asked to help spread the word about their peaceful counter protests, designed to shield the students from Westboro's nonsense.
Did I say counter protests? There are at least two groups on Facebook putting groups together, Wall Against Westboro and Let's Show Our Love.
Last month, students from Derby made headlines by electing a transgender student as king of its annual Holly Ball.