Everything you need to know about life, you can learn from watching The Wizard of Oz.
Ruby slippers are awesome. The Wicked Witch of the West is no match for Glenda, the Good Witch of the North. And there's no place like home.
One other truism, is that Kansas really is in black and white. Except, of course, people who are transgender - We are a collective "horse of a different color".
It's hard for people to know what to do with us. We just don't fit the mold. They don't even know where we should go to the bathroom.
Now, if it is possible to colorize movies, we should be able to colorize Kansas. Just a good old-fashioned bit of reds and greens and yellows, correctly interspersed across the state, and voilà, Kansas would be magically transformed into Southwest Iowa.
However, Kansas is actually moving in the wrong direction (Brown-Backwards). Disenfranchised and marginalized Kansans have been stuffed into trash cans across the state.
I listened to Lt. Dan Choi speaking at the Wichita PRIDE rally on June 26th. He correctly defined Sam Brownback as a disease in Kansas. If this is true, the anti-Sam has to be a cocktail of change: Unity, Pride, Courage, Truth, and Love.
The unity is in becoming part of the movement. Kansas Equality Coalition has chapters across the state. Join. The pride part is to believe that you are created to be exactly who you are. The courage part is to stand up in the face of oppression. The truth part is that we are full, worthy human beings who can not afford to be comfortable with discrimination.
The love part is perhaps the hardest. Christianity has been hijacked. There is nothing Christian about Sam Brownback. There is nothing Christian about Westboro Baptist Church. There is nothing Christian about oppression of the LGBT community.
Christianity is about love for everyone. It is about allowing our differences to make us better. Pray for those who persecute us. Perhaps they need prayer more than anyone.
With unity and pride, with courage, with truth and love, we can make Kansas a state of a different color.