New data said Lawrence is the most LGBTQ friendly major city in Kansas and by a large margin. The human rights campaign said Lawrence scored 74 out of 100 points on their survey, while Manhattan came in second with 57. Kansas City came in third at 35 and Olathe came in last with 7 points out of 100.
What scored Lawrence so highly were things like reporting LGBTQ related hate crimes and having non-discrimination laws. Even so, KU’s Interim Director of Sexuality and Gender Diversity Saida Bonifield said there’s still more work to do to make the LGBTQ community feel welcome.
“We do have preferred names in our student information systems, but how can we make sure that the preferred names show up in every single student information system, so that everyone can put in a name that they use, and not necessarily a name that they were given at birth that they don’t identify with,” says Bonifield.
Lawrence scored high for providing services for the elderly a part of the LGBTQ community and persons with HIV/AIDS.