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University students, con-cerned voters, sexual and gen-der minorities, and other Kan-sas citizens stood and marched up and down the sidewalk near the intersection o Har-rison Street and 10th Avenue outside the Kansas state capitol on uesday as part o the End Inequality: opeka Protest, a rally organized in opposition to legislation that allows dis-crimination against sexual and gender minorities. “We simply want to be recog-nized under the law with equal rights so we can move on to more important subjects like education, and economics, and the housing crisis and wars,” said Jen Harris, one o the or-ganizers o the rally. “Tis is an archaic conversation, and we’re tired o having it.”A group o approximately 50 protesters began rallying at 9 a.m., while members o select coalitions across the state o Kansas lobbied as part o the Equality Day o Action in op-position o House Bill 2453 and other legislation. Holly Weatherord, the advo-cacy director o the American Civil Liberties Union, said that her organization is attempting to make a strong statement to legislators.“oday is a day o action in opeka,” Weatherord said. “What we are trying to do is to send the legislature a very strong message that 2453—this discrimination bill—should go nowhere. We are trying to give them a visible picture o what the support or equality and reedom or all looks like in Kansas.”Supporters o the bill have claimed that it aims to protect individuals rom lawsuits who do not wish to supply services to members o the same sex celebrating the union o mar-riage, reerring to lawsuits filed in other states such as Colora-do, Oregon and Washington — states that have explicitly stated sexual orientation as a protected class under their respective state’s anti-discrim-ination laws.Sandra Meade, the State Chair o Equality Kansas, how-ever, says those cases are irrel-evant in the state o Kansas be-cause sexual orientation is not a protected class in the Kansas Act Against Discrimination. Te Kansas Act Against Dis-crimination protects indi- viduals on the basis o race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry.“Tis bill doesn’t really do that [protect individuals rom lawsuits], people already have the right to object,” Meade said. “What this bill really did
Volume 126 Issue 84
 Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Students, citizens rally against discriminatory legislation
Yesterday, dozens of activists gathered across the street from the state capitol building in Topeka to protest what they feel is unfair treatment by the Kansas state legislature. The event was scheduled in advance of House Bill 2453’s rejection, a bill proposed and passed by the Kansas House of Representatives which was purported to legalize discrimination against those who identify as LGBTQ by both private and public employees.
English offers ways to support people who are transgender
Daniel English, a junior from Olathe, is transgender. He describes himself as “just a dude.”
Daniel English wants a beard. He knows he’s genetically ca-pable — all the men in his am-ily are hairy — and he’s always imagined himsel with one.“Tat’s one thing that’s miss-ing right now,” English said.Afer a couple more years on hormones, his body will catch up to his vision o himsel.English, a junior rom Olathe, is transgender. Tough he identifies as a man, he was born as the opposite sex.Now, a year into transition, he passes in public. He uses men’s restrooms. He watches “Bob’s Burgers” on Netflix with his fiancee, takes his dog Bel-la, a corgi-German Shepherd mix, to the park, reads books and plays Zelda video games.He describes himsel as “just a dude.”“Tis is it,” English said. “It’s not as complicated as people make it out to be.”Now, Daniel English says it plainly: He’s not a woman. He doesn’t eel like a woman. He has never elt like a woman.As a kid, he wore what his mom dressed him in: always effeminate and flattering. Regardless, he remembers walking through the mall at 13 years old and saying, “Boy clothes are so cool. I wish I could wear that.“I tried really, really hard to make their vision or me work, but, at the end o the day, it’s not who I am,” English said. “But I tried really hard.”He had crushes on straight girls at his high school and never understood why he wasn’t good enough.In high school, a girl turned him down. “I’m not gay,” she said.He thought, “You don’t have to be gay to date me because I’m not — wait.”In college, living separate rom his parents allowed him to acknowledge his eelings. He stopped denying his iden-tity to himsel.“It was an internal process o  just making peace with eelings I always had,” English said.He was up one night in his room in Hashinger Residence Hall. Watching videos o a Youuber’s successul transi-tion, he had a realization: “I have to do that at some point in my lie in order to be happy and successul.“I made peace with it and de-cided it’s time to stop avoiding it,” English said. “I knew that I couldn’t continue in lie as e-male.”Going on hormones, English said, elt right. Afer two and a hal months o therapy, try-ing out masculine pronouns and making doctor’s appoint-ments, English was absolutely positive: He was ready to tran-sition, and he was excited.“It elt authentic,” English said. “It elt like it would take a while, but that these were the steps that I needed to take to be my authentic sel.”English laughs when he says he was a little disappointed he didn’t sound like the Old Spice guy afer his first testosterone shot. His fiancee administers the shot every week — English is terrified o needles — and will every week or the rest o his lie.“Tat’s just a part o our Sat-urday,” English said. “Every Saturday.”English says he’s not normal-ly so open, but is always will-ing to put himsel out there to help educate people about be-ing transgender.“elling these stories is im-portant,” he said. “You can un-
Transgender student says he’s ‘just a dude’ 
“We’re more than our gender identity.”DANIEL ENGLISHjunior from Olathe
Kansas citizens and University students rallied outside the south side of the State Capitol on TuesdayCoalitions and equality organizations lobbied and voiced concerns inside the State CapitolA similar bill has passed both legislative chambers in Arizo-na, and is awaiting signature or veto of Gov. Jan Brewer
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derstand something better i you have a ace to put to it and someone to explain it to you.”Tere’s something about En-glish that’s inspiring, said his riend Jeremy Gulley, a grad-uate student in the School o Education.“Until you hear the emotions that people go through and the daily struggles that they have — eeling confident and having sel-worth — until you hear that, you don’t realize it,” Gulley said.Hearing about English’s struggles — within himsel, his amily and his body — in-spired Gulley to become an advocate or people who are transgender and marginal-ized.For English, coming out as transgender to himsel was liberating.Coming out as transgender to his parents was terriying, but inevitable.He wrote it all out in an email first. Days later, he drove home to Olathe and sat at the kitchen table to talk. Tey all lef in tears.Now, English says, his par-ents still support him. Tey may not be as close as he would like, but they’re trying.He still struggles with his body. Tough he passes in public as male, still having breasts is upsetting and jar-ring. He has bruises rom binding his chest or long pe-riods o time. He can’t breathe well walking up campus hills. He can’t take his shirt off to go swimming.“It doesn’t match the rest o my body. It doesn’t match how I see mysel,” English said. “It’s  just this sense o not-right-ness.”Sex reassignment surgery is the next step toward chang-ing his sex on government documentation and getting a marriage license. Saving up money or surgery, he works 60 hours a week between two  jobs.Being his authentic sel is worth the cost.“As tired as I am right now and as stressed out about money as I am right now, I am so much happier than I ever was in that state,” he said. “I’m not at odds with mysel as much as I used to be.”English helps students build confidence in expressing who they are, Gulley said.“I think he’s very confident with who he is now — much more than he was last year,” Gulley said.Te first thing English tells people about himsel is his fi-ancee. He says he’s dating his best riend and that she’s been his rock even since beore he started transitioning.Second, that he likes cats.Being transgender may make him different, but it doesn’t define him.“We’re more than our gender identity,” English said. “I’m like every other KU student. I just have a different set o problems.”
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was add the language so that when the courts strike down the gay marriage ban, government employees can continue to deny and not recognize the marriages o gay couples.”A similar bill has passed through both chambers o the legislature in the state o Arizona, and is acing the decision o Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in the coming weeks to sign the bill into law or to  veto it. Emma Halling, the stu-dent body vice president, also attended the protest and  voiced her opinion against the piece o legislation.“[Protesting] out here, we are more o making a state-ment about what we, as vot-ers, will and won’t tolerate in the state o Kansas, and le-galized discrimination is one o those things that we reuse to tolerate,” Halling said.Candice Crafon, a senior rom Wichita, said that the bill makes her eel conflicted about aspects o her personal identity as a member o the LGBQ community and as a Kansan, both o which are aspects o her personality that she does not want to be orced to choose between.“I just think that Kansas has a strong history o being a very progressive place, and I’m very proud to be rom the ree state, and I want it to be that way or everyone,” Crafon said. “I don’t want to have to be ashamed o where I’m rom because it’s a beau-tiul place.”Reps. Lance Kinzer, Keith Esau, Kyle Hoffman and Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook were unavailable or comment on uesday at the state capitol.
— Edited by Cara Winkley 
Students approached by vol-unteers rom the Children’s Joy Foundation on Monday could have been scammed. Volunteers rom the orga-nization were older women who carried a binder with a pamphlet about the organi-zation and a roster o peo-ple who donated. Tey were specifically going up to Asian students and their riends or donations.Melanie Leng, a junior rom Prairie Village, was asked to donate to the Children’s Joy Foundation, a charity organi-zation rom the Philippines, on our different occasions — twice at the Kansas Union, once at Fraser Hall and once at the bus stop on her way home. Leng reused with no mon-ey on hand. Later when she saw that all the people who had donated gave at least $20, including a couple o people she knew personally, she elt even more guilty. However, when the volunteer rom the charity tried to take her to the AM to take out cash or donation, Leng just walked away. “At that point, I was really surprised, like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I elt that it was kind o wrong so I just turned her down. I literally had to walk away to get her to stop talking to me,” Leng said.Heather Athon, a senior rom Overland Park, was on the ourth floor o Anschutz when she and her riends were also solicited or dona-tions by a volunteer rom the charity. “Te thing was, she didn’t really show me the pamphlet or really talk about the or-ganization. She just set the notepad in ront o me and asked or donations,” Athon said. “I elt bad or saying no. She was just awkwardly standing next to me.”Athon gave the volunteer what she had in cash — 60 cents. It was when Leng and Athon met up and talked about the charity drive when the two noticed a discrepan-cy: even though Athon gave only 60 cents, Leng had seen that Athon donated $20 to the charity on the list o do-nations the volunteers were carrying.It was not only Athon’s do-nation that was exaggerated. Hoi Ki Lam, a senior rom Hong Kong, donated $1 to appease the volunteer, but Leng saw the list o donations stated that Lam had given $20. “I told my riends how generous they were, ‘wow I saw you donated $20,’ and they were like, what are you talking about,” Leng said.“We realized they completely lied about the amount o money they received rom each per-son. Tat’s when we realized that this looked like a scam.Afer realizing this, Lam looked up the Children’s Joy Foundation to find articles about past reports on scams by the organization. He warned against donating to the organization on his Face-book page. Athon’s roommate, Susie McClenahen, a junior rom Prairie Village, Mo., sent an email to the University’s Pub-lic Saety Office with the con-cerns that this organization was scamming students, but has not yet heard back. According to Leng, the amounts on donations list  varied rom $20 to $60. Athon suspected the vol-unteers just rewrote the list whenever someone donated and fixed the amounts to get people to donate more.“Te way they speak to them, it makes you eel awk-ward, and it guilt trips stu-dents into giving more mon-ey,” Lam said. “I had riends who actually donated $20.Jack Shin and Venkata Mal-ladi, reshmen rom Law-rence, were at the Union when they were approached by a volunteer rom the orga-nization. When Shin gave $20 to the volunteer, she asked or $40. Without such cash at hand, Shin reused. Malladi, who didn’t have cash, first re-used, but the volunteer went with him to the AM, urging him to take money out. “She was being orceul, like ‘Come, it’s this way,’ and she almost ollowed me to the ac-tual machine and I was wor-ried that she was getting my credit card number,” Malladi said. “It was weird how she was looking into my wallet while I was looking or mon-ey. I elt like she really needed money.” Shin and Malladi learned rom Lam later that they could have been scammed. According to Amanda Es-topare, a volunteer with the Children’s Joy Foundation USA, the organization is legitimate and does have  volunteers who collect dona-tions around the country. “Because o their love or children, they ask people or some donation so the oun-dation can help children,” Estopare said. “We are legit-imate. We have tax ID num-bers you can check, we are legitimate.” However, she wasn’t aware o alsiying donation amounts.“I’m just a volunteer, I don’t know anything about that,” Estopare said.Tere are reports o scams about a group o Filipino women who go around as representatives rom the Children’s Joy Foundation rom Canada in 2012 and 2013. Te most recent report, five days ago, was rom the University o Maryland, Bal-timore County.Te University Daily Kan-san couldn’t get an official comment rom the oun-dation beore the story was printed.
— Edited by Jamie Koziol 
“We realized they completely lied about the amount of money they received from each person. That’s when we realized that this looked like a scam.”MELANIE LENG Junior from Prairie Village
Potential scam troubles students 
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KANSAS CIY, Mo. — Nearly 40 years have passed since the national political spotlight last shone on this city, when Ronald Reagan tried unsuccessfully to oust President Gerald Ford at a contested Republican National Convention.Yet Kansas City now is mak-ing an aggressive push to host the Olympics of politics — the 2016 Republican National Convention — against a field of competitors that includes the tourist destinations of Las Vegas and New Orleans, the southern hotspots of Dallas and Phoenix and other cities such as Denver with more recent political conventions on their resumes.What Kansas City lacks in glitz, it's trying to make up for with heart."We are a city that really wants this convention," said roy Stremming, a local casi-no executive who is co-chair-man of the Kansas City RNC 2016 ask Force. "It's not just another convention of 50,000 participants in the city of Las Vegas, it would be HE con- vention for Kansas City and this region."A delegation from Kansas City plans to personally de-liver the city's bid documents Wednesday to Republican headquarters in Washington — capping a campaign that began nearly a year ago when it put on a party for the Re-publican National Committee.Representatives from the as-piring host cities are to make formal presentations March 3 to Republican officials. A committee then will narrow the list to several finalists for onsite visits later this year. But the winner might not be chosen until early 2015, said Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.At this point, "there is no front-runner," she said.When Kansas City last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1976, the event was held in the newly opened Kemper Arena on the banks of the Missouri River, and attendees flew in to the new Kansas City International Airport. oday, Kemper Arena is a seldom-used shell targeted for potential demolition and city officials are bemoaning the need for a new, modern airport.Yet downtown Kansas City has recently undergone a $6 billion renovation anchored by the new Sprint Center arena, which sold more tickets to live entertainment events last year than its counterparts in Dallas, Phoenix, Denver or Las Vegas. Te arena sits across from a new restau-rant and bar district, near a renovated luxury hotel and a short walk from a massive convention center that spans eight city blocks. Tat whole downtown area is plugged into a newly upgraded grid for telecommunications, power, water and sewer.An interstate highway passes right by the Sprint Center and convention hall. Although Kansas City currently lacks a commuter train, officials insist that a finely orchestrated network of chartered buses can get everyone to the con- vention in about 30 minutes from hotels on either side of the Missouri-Kansas border. Being located in the center of the country means attendees from both the east and west coasts can fly to Kansas City within three hours.Political considerations, such as the region's Republican bona fides or battleground status, aren't part of the discussion, Day said. But the city's logistics are a key part to selecting a convention site."We look at every hotel, every venue, the wiring, the security — you basically tear the city apart to make sure that they can really deliver the best possible opportunity for our presidential candidate," said Day, who was on the 2008 site selection committee that chose St. Paul, Minn.About 200 people attended a fundraiser last week as part of Kansas City's commitment to raising the millions of dollars necessary to help sponsor the Republican convention.
Kansas City pushes aggressively for GOP convention
This Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 photograph shows the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. After a $6 billion downtown makeover, the city is pushing to become the destination for the 2016 Republican convention.
“We are a city that really wants this convention. It’s not just another convention, ... it would be THE convention for Kansas City and this region.”TROY STREMMINGCo-chairman of the Kansas City RNC 2016 Task Force

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