Members of The Union were afforded an amazing opportunity to talk about the work being done in the Kansas City transgender (specifically FTM) community and conintue an important conversation regarding visibility and experience that was sparked by the 'coming out' of Caitlyn Jenner...by getting to MEET Caitlyn, herself, in November!
Click here to watch the Deleted Scene from I am Cait - Season 2, where you can see Caitlyn and the Girls meet City Gym Owner, Hailee Bland-Walsh, several guys from our local group as well as give the Founder of The Union, Drew, the surprise of his life!
Visibility is very important and we feel honoroed that E! as well as Caitlyn and her entourage of wildly inspiring and influentional women were ready, willing and excited to make a stop in Kansas City, MO!
In June of 2017, Planned Parenthood proudly shined a light on the experience of Drew, founder of The Union, to celebrate the resilience, strength, and activism of LGBTQ communities.
As they continue to fight back against those who wish to undo the progress of the last half century, they stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the struggle for full equality — many of whom turn to Planned Parenthood for health care, information and education.
'KC Care Clinic Changing how Transgender People get Medical Care'
This segment by 41 Action News in Kansas City is not only a great informative piece on an excellent local resource...but features
one of The Union's Board Members, Dr. Frances Grimstad.
The Union caters to the female-to-male transgender community specifically but aims to maintain a diverse board in order to keep the conversation around providing support and resources to Kansas and Missouri transmen an open, inclusive and expansive one!
Thank you 41 Action News for the segment and Dr. Grimstad and the staff at KC Care Clinic for your time, advocacy and care for our community!
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri is expanding into three new health services this year (2016) including transgender care.
The Union has had an excellent time supporting, connecting, networking and collaborating w/ PPKM and we were more than willing to oblige when they asked if one of our guys would represent the FTM community in their informative commercial.
If you're in the area, we highly recommend that you consider utilizing services offered by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid Missouri!
LIKEME Lighthouse provides a safe and welcoming space where LGBT individuals and their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education, resources and to build a cohesive LGBT community in the Midwest.
The Union utilized the services of LIKEME Lighthouse consistently during the formative years of our development as we searched for safe spaces to host our support group meetings. We were also one of the first support groups to hold monthly meetings out of their facility and they have always been wildly supportive and encouraging of our attendance and use of their space.
They were kind of enough to include us in this promotional and educational video...check it out to see our Founder, Drew, and long-time Union member, Ian, talk about their experience and feelings regarding this local resource!