KC Rainbow Tour founder Joel Barrett poses with Leah Hopkins, an organizer of Kansas City’s first Gay Pride parade.

The Kansas City Museum took on a festive air this past Saturday afternoon as it hosted the launch party for the KC Rainbow Tour, a self guided tour of Kansas City’s LGBTQ history with roughly a dozen stops from the UMKC, Kaufmann fountain area to the Kansas City Museum, home of the GLAMA Archives.

According to Paul Gutierrez, the Director of Visitor Experience and Public Programming, the launch party lines up perfectly with the museum’s mantra, home of the whole story.

“You can’t tell the city’s history or define its culture without the contributions of the LGBTQ population,” Gutierrez said.
One of the experiences we had on site was a time capsule, ” Gutierrez added. ” It’s one way we actively collect as a museum institution and how we remain current and relevant. “

The sellout crowd of over 200 people enjoyed live entertainment that included a performance by Drag Queen Candace Marie and a reading by the Fountain City Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The festivities wrapped up with Joel Barrett, the KC Rainbow Tour founder, ceremonially cutting the ribbon, officially opening the tour to patrons.

To learn more about the KC Rainbow Tour, check out our podcast from last week at: https://joelspeaksout.com/rainbow-tour/
Or visit: https://joelspeaksout.com/rainbow-tour/ to download the official Rainbow Tour experience.