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Kansas City Gay Pride 2014

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Kansas City Gay Pride 2014

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

photo by Andrew Collins

Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept each other's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. The city's Gay Pride KC festival, produced by the Kansas City Diversity Coalition, is set this year for the weekend of June 20 through June 22, 2014.

KC Pride is a three-day festival taking place on Friday, June 20, from 6 pm until midnight (tickets cost $5); Saturday, June 21, from noon until 10 pm (tickets are again $5); and Sunday, June 22, from noon until 6 pm (it's free this day). A number of top DJs and musicians will be on hand - here's the latest on KC Pride entertainers. Pride this year takes place at a new venue, West Bottoms, at 2500 State Line Road, near Kemper Arena - here's a map to the festivities.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check out the excellent local paper Camp KC, for more information; another terrific resource on the Kansas City gay scene is LIKE ME Lighthouse, the city's LGBT Community Center, which was founded in 2010 by the talented and openly lesbian country music songstress, Chely Wright. And be sure to check out the informative gay visitor site produced by the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

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