No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Lessons in Activism From LGBT Kansas

Book - 2018
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Far from the coastal centers of culture and politics, Kansas stands at the very center of American stereotypes about red states. In the American imagination, it is a place LGBT people leave. No Place Like Home is about why they stay. The book tells the epic story of how a few disorganized and politically naïve Kansans, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights, and ended up making friends in one of the country's most hostile states.

The LGBT civil rights movement's history in California and in big cities such as New York and Washington, DC, has been well documented. But what is it like for LGBT activists in a place like Kansas, where they face much stiffer headwinds? How do they win hearts and minds in the shadow of the Westboro Baptist Church (̶Christian" motto: "God Hates Fags")? Traveling the state in search of answers--from city to suburb to farm--journalist C. J. Janovy encounters LGBT activists who have fought, in ways big and small, for the acceptance and respect of their neighbors, their communities, and their government. Her book tells the story of these twenty-first-century citizen activists--the issues that unite them, the actions they take, and the personal and larger consequences of their efforts, however successful they might be.

With its close-up view of the lives and work behind LGBT activism in Kansas, No Place Like Home fills a prairie-sized gap in the narrative of civil rights in America. The book also looks forward, as an inspiring guide for progressives concerned about the future of any vilified minority in an increasingly polarized nation.
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2018.
ISBN: 9780700625284
0700625283
Branch Call Number: 323.3264 JANOVY C
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 24 cm.

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by sbraunlich January 23, 2018 Kansas Day is almost here, and I’ve got an inspiring way to celebrate! A new book is out which pays tribute to the Kansans who are advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. In No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas, author C.J. Janovy shares the recent compelling stories of the leaders committed to making Kansas a… (more)


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LPL_ShirleyB Mar 24, 2018

Every page of No Place Like Home is filled with heartfelt courage and personal stories; there is no place like LGBT Kansas! Kansans everywhere are working to ensure that our state is friendly for us all—they’re digging in their heels just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to declare “there’s no pl... Read More »


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LPL_ShirleyB Mar 24, 2018

Every page of No Place Like Home is filled with heartfelt courage and personal stories; there is no place like LGBT Kansas! Kansans everywhere are working to ensure that our state is friendly for us all—they’re digging in their heels just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz to declare “there’s no place like home!”
The lessons? "Prepare to lose, Be Gentle with your allies & check your ego, Do something!!!"

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