Ticket sales open for Black/queer Kansas City {B/qKC}: Exhibit Grand Opening (Volume_1)

View our City’s history of Black LGBTQIA2+ community through this temporary exhibit display––hosted @ BlaqOut on Main. Curated by @1800NASI.

A Black LGBTQ+Exhibit

May 12th, 2023.
3601 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.


Join The Kansas City Defender as we display the materials from Volume_1 of Black/queer Kansas City {B/qKC}, presented by BlaqOut KC.


{B/qKC} is a digital archive and historical anthology educating the Kansas City community on the contributions of local Black LGBTQIA2S+ community members––in turn, liberating their histories from racism and homophobia-fueled erasure.

Born from their frustration with Black queer resource-deficiencies in Kansas City, {B/qKC} is written and curated by Nasir Anthony Montalvo through The Kansas City Defender. 

The Kansas City Defender is an award-winning, Black-led community organization producing news, mutual aid, art & cultural programming for Black people in Missouri and Kansas. An Abolitionist organization, The Defender is a vehicle to contribute concretely to the social, economic, cultural and political uplift of Black people.

Learn more about this project at kansascitydefender.com/BqKC (not case-sensitive).


This particular exhibit will be focused on the findings from Volume_1 of {B/qKC}––featuring the likes of Edye Gregory, Ray Rondell, Lea Hopkins and more.

Comprised of both past and present Black LGBTQIA2S+ Kansas Citians, this event is a commemoration of 

  • raw, complex identity,
  • revolutionary Black progress,
  • love and sexuality as a vehicle for change, and
  • lives and stories lost due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Coalesced with an opening cocktail hour, we encourage you to stop by for food, drinks, music and newfound knowledge. Merchandise items for sale will be available at event as supplies last (reserve purchasable items in advance at checkout). Food provided by Wah Gwaan (Jamaican and Nigerian Cuisine). Alcohol provided by Breathe Beverages.

After opening, the exhibit will be viewable at this location from May 16th-20th during the hours of 10am-2pm.


Note that tickets for this event are sliding scale to make this event more accessible and celebrate Black folk. More info on this during checkout. 

A free Zine created in collaboration with Astringent Press will be included with all ticket orders.

Thank you to Vivent Health, the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America, Queer Black KCAstringent Press, and the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce for being our supporting sponsors.


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