K-STEP Awards!

The 2017 K-STEP Awards will be July 29th at 12:00 pm at the Lawrence College and Career Center in Lawrence, Kansas

Awards Program will recognize meritorious effort in advancing transgender understanding, acceptance, and equality in Kansas. Attendance is free for conference attendees.

Previous Awards

K-STEP Awards - August 26, 2016

The Pioneer Award is named for Jane Newman. Jane and her wife Helen are the true pioneers in Kansas when it comes to transgender education, awareness, and equality. Every step we take in the pursuit of the end of discrimination against transgender Kansans is unquestionably more possible because of the efforts of Jane and Helen.

2016 Award Winners

  • Equality Kansas Metro Kansas City
  • Topeka Transgender Alliance

The For the Kids Award is named for Paula Keiser. Paula's passion for creating a better future for transgender youth is evidenced by the ending statement she would make in emails and conversations - "For the Kids". She was involved in many efforts to help make certain that today's youth would find an easier road to travel. Her dedication to this cause has unquestionably accomplished her hopes and dreams in many ways.

2016 Award Winners

  • Beacon Youth Group (Topeka)
  • Lawrence Queer Youth Voice (Lawrence)
  • Get Connected (Wichita)

The Ally Award is named for Thomas Witt, who has been a tireless advocate for transgender awareness and equality, defending and protecting transgender Kansans from attacks by the Kansas government and promoting equaity efforts across the state.

2016 Award Winners

  • Pedro Irigonegaray
  • Black Transmen Inc

K-STEP Awards - August 15, 2015

Jane Newman Pioneer Award - Elle Boatman & Adam O'Brien - For the Face of Trans Billboard of Adam in Manhattan, Kansas (paid for by the Flint Hills Human Rights Project)

Paula Keiser For the Kids Award - Flint Hills Human Rights Project - For achieving the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity to the anti-discrimination policies in Manhattan~Ogden School District - USD383

K-STEP Ally Award - College Hill United Methodist Church - For hosting the 2014 TransKansas Conference

K-STEP Awards - April 12, 2014
K-STEP Awards - August 24, 2012
K-STEP Awards - April 17, 2011

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