The largest metropolis in the Show Me state may fly well below the gaydar of most queer travelers, but its got a knockout industrial-chic hotel, a state-of-the-art new LGBTQ night club, and a boomlet of stylish gay-owned B&Bs and restaurants.
All of this is complemented by a handful of top-notch museums, an endless barbecue battle, and a world-class jazz scene. Kansas City is also home to one of the country’s most enthusiastic queer sports fandoms: beyond intense civic pride/lust over Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, it’s one of America’s most enthusiastic soccer towns and is currently constructing the first U.S. stadium built ever for a women’s pro sports team, the Kansas City Current.
The city even boasts the world’s most celebratory corrective to the marginalization of minority athletes: The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (16 E. 18th St. Tel: 816-221-1920. nlbm.com). It is worth mentioning that this small collection of memorabilia is focused on Toni Stone. She was one of the only three women to ever play in the leagues.
The male-presenting Stone, who played in the 1950s was never “You can find out more about it here.” by contemporary standards, but once told a reporter “I was in love with my…