Does Kansas City, MO have a significant gay population? What about its black gay population?

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    Jul 17, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    I'd like to hear from people who live there or have visited.

    Thanks.
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    Jul 17, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Well we do, it's not your typical community as one would think of a gay community in a major city. We don't have one central gayborhood. We have gay organizations, gay clubs, gay restaurants and gay cliques, like any major city. We have the club crowd, the twink club crowd, the daddies, the affluent gays in the suburbs, our drags and our trannies. We have the muscle gays who generally don't go out but hook up at the gay gym in the area. We have the latino gays and, to a lesser extent, our asian gays. And we do have our black gays. But because we don't have one central location that the gays call home, it's very fractured. Unlike Austin, which is so open-minded that the gays just go club it up with everyone else (even though you guys DO have your few token gay clubs), because KC isn't quite as open minded of a city, it takes a special cause to bring them all out and all together. AIDS Walk, PRIDE, Halloween. KC as a city, isn't like the Bible belt that is totally unaccepting of the gay community. But it's not WeHo or San Fran either. And it's a commuter city, a lot of people live in the suburbs. No real mass transit to speak of. Everyone drives. That sort of mindset filters its way into the gay community too. So that also creates false barrier that prevent there from being a real, cohesive LGBT community in this city.

    The good news is it's my opinion that's all changing. New growth in the downtown area are bringing more people back downtown, including the gays. A booming arts district adjacent to the downtown. A garment district that's just been established. And there is new leadership and new voices in the gay community that are bringing more of these somewhat fractured groups together. Will there ever be a WeHo or Boys Town in KC. Maybe not. But I think there is the potential now, where historically, that never existed before.