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Kansas City's LGBTQ community honored with historic marker

A historic marker honoring Kansas City’s LGBTQ history was unveiled at 12th and Wyandotte Streets in Kansas City, MO. A historic marker honoring Kansas City’s LGBTQ history was unveiled at 12th and Wyandotte Streets in Kansas City, MO.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City’s LGBTQ community has a big reason to celebrate on Thursday. 

A historic marker honoring Kansas City’s LGBTQ history was unveiled at 12th and Wyandotte Streets in Kansas City, MO. 

The location was the home of the State Hotel, which hosted the first ever national gathering of gay and lesbian activists. 

Many who attended Thursday night’s ceremony lived through times that made them think equal rights would never be achieved. 

“It’s hardest to describe what the world was like back then,” said Keith Spare. “Very negative place for gay and lesbians and very scary.” 

Spare and others say the unveiling the marker celebrates how far they’ve come. He was a member of the Phoenix Society for individual freedom. 

David Jackson, a historian with the Gay and Lesbian Archive in Mid America, calls the times “extraordinary.” 

“Times have changed and continued to do so,” Jackson said. “It’s really amazing.” 

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