Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project
Fourth of July Weekend Transgender Tour - July 1-4, 2011
Ending Discrimination Against Transgender Kansans Through Education
Below is the press release that was sent out to media outlets across Kansas about the Fourth of July Weekend Transgender Tour
In addition, there are links to the planned iteneraries and daily summaries from the tour.
Here is a link to some photos from the tour - Photos - Article I wrote after the tour - Audio of Kick-Off Speech (at Bluestem Bistro in Manhattan, July 1st)
Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) announced today that Executive Director, Stephanie Mott of Topeka, will be traveling throughout Kansas over the 4th of July weekend visiting with people from 30 or more cities about transgenderism. The tour will begin in Manhattan with a kick-off rally on Friday, July 1st at 7:30 am at the Bluestem Bistro, 1219 Moro St.
The purpose of the tour is to help raise awareness about transgenderism, and to show support for transgender Kansans and their families. “There are 3000-5000 transgender people living in Kansas, and many of them do not realize that there is support available”, said Mott, “Many people who live in Kansas have never met anyone who is transgender. We hope to offer them the opportunity to change that.”
Mott also serves on the board of directors at Metropolitan Community Church of Topeka and is State Vice-Chair for Kansas Equality Coalition. She is a nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues and transgender columnist for Liberty Press – a statewide LGBT publication. When she is not working on transgender education, Mott spends much of her time as a volunteer in the Topeka community.
“I hope that people take the opportunity to come out and meet me”, she said, “There is so much misinformation about transgenderism. We are really pretty much just like everybody else.” K-STEP is a non-profit organization, dedicated to ending discrimination against transgender Kansans and their families through education. Learn more at www.k-step.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Trans-Tour is scheduled to stop in Manhattan, Junction City, Salina, Concordia, Belleville, Mankato, Smith Center, Russell, and Hays (Friday, July 1); Wakeeney, Oakley, Colby, Garden City, Dodge City, Hutchinson, and Wichita (Saturday, July 2); Yates Center, Independence, Coffeyville, Parsons, Pittsburg, and Fort Scott (Sunday, July 3); and Emporia, Ottawa, Olathe, Overland Park, Bonner Springs, Lawrence, Valley Falls, and Topeka (Monday, July 4). Additional cities may be included as time allows. The schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen events.
You can follow the tour on Facebook at Kansas Fourth of July Weekend Trans-Tour. For more information please contact Stephanie Mott at 785-215-7436 or email@example.com.****
For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Stephanie Mott at 785-215-7436 or firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com • (785) 215-7436 • PO Box 13 • Topeka, KS • 66601