Although Wichita might not have the largest LGBT population, it has a long history of LGBT activism. The city is home to a well-established LGBT paper, as well as several community organizations. Several local businesses, restaurants and bars also support or cater to Wichita's LGBT community.
Wichita doesn't have a specific "gayborhood" like other cities do. Instead, its gay bars and community groups are scattered across the city. The number of bars and clubs catering to the LGBT community in Wichita has grown considerably over the years.
In 2016, The Liberty Press reported that three new gay bars had recently opened in the city. One was Club Inferno, which describes itself as the "hottest dance club" around. Along with DJs and dancing, the club hosts drag nights several evenings a week. Rocky's bar also opened in 2016 and has a neighborhood bar atmosphere. It's owned by a former bartender at The Store, another gay bar in Wichita.
The third bar to open in 2016 is an addition to the already established Club Boomerang. Known as the Back Room, it's attached to Club Boomerang but still separate. The Back Room serves dinner and has a pool table, darts and several TVs.
Independent living options in Wichita include Chaucer Estates. The estates offers pet-friendly studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Services available include free transportation around the city, housekeeping and a number of social events and activities.
Like many big cities, Wichita has its own version of pride. But Wichita Pride is different in several ways. For one thing, it takes place in September. Most Pride parades and festivals are scheduled for June. But the heat and humidity in Wichita in June are too much for people to deal with.
The city's annual pride event includes a parade, community picnic and drag show. There is also a worship service at an area church and a day-long PrideFest. The festival features musical and comedy acts.
It might surprise people to hear that Wichita has one of the oldest gay presses in the country. Liberty Press describes itself as "being gay before gay was cool." The paper was started in 1994 and is still printed today. It's also available online. The paper covers news and topics of interest to the LGBT community in Kansas and nationally.
Wichita also has its own chapter of the Primetimers, a social club for older gay or bisexual men. The club has a number of activities each month and throughout the year. The goal of the club is to meet the needs of mature men who are looking for more social opportunities. Group events include Gayme Night, potluck dinners and bowling.
Equality Kansas has a chapter in Wichita. The mission of the group is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. Primarily a lobbying group, the organization works to change or add legislation that would protect LGBT people. It shares an office space with the Center of Wichita, an organization provides a safe space for the LGBT community, particularly for young people.
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