North American Conference of Homophile Organizations - Kansas City, Mo.
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N 39° 05.990 W 094° 35.146
15S E 362875 N 4329052
Quick Description: This marker is located at the northeast corner of Barney Allis Plaza - 12th and Central in Kansas City, Mo.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 6/16/2017 8:12:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMVZJC
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Long Description:
A Kansas City group is making plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a national gathering of LGBT activists that is credited with helping to kick off the gay rights movement.

In February of 1966, the activists gathered at a downtown Kansas City hotel. The meeting led to the “The Phoenix Society for Individual Freedom,” which opened an LGBT community center and began a publication that was distributed nationally.

The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America at the University of Missouri-Kansas City says a community committee is working with city officials to determine the best way to commemorate the anniversary. Possibilities include educational activities and a historic marker at the meeting site.

GLAMA co-founder Stuart Hinds says the group is “eager to advance awareness of the modern struggle for equality.”

- Fox2Now St. Louis Website

(picture of State Hotel)



   Three years before NYC's Stonewall Riots, 40
representatives from nearly 15 organizations met on
February 19-21, 1966, at Kansas City's State Hotel--
formerly located at the northeast corner of 12th and
Wyandotte -- for the first-ever national gathering of lesbian
and gay rights activists.
   Missourian Harold Leland 'Hal' Call spearheaded the event
attended by Kansas citians Drew Shafer, Al Greathouse, and Larry
Hungerford. Other national equality visionaries Barbara Gittings,
Forest Gunnison Jr, Frank Kameny, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, and
Don Slater joined; they soon formed the 'North American
Conference of Homophile Organizations.'
   This marker commemorates the 50th anniversary of that historic
event in U.S. history, and Kansas City's pivotal role in the early
struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangender (LGBT) rights.

Erected by the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, 2016.

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