Queer Voices

Lawrence Pride
  • Courtney Farr, Chair of Community Engagement, Lawrence PRIDE
  • Shania Lopez-Cabrera, Finance Chair, Lawrence PRIDE

Project Description:

Queer Voices gathers local LGBTQ+ members together for evenings of story telling from our community. Speakers share true stories from their lives that run the gamut from historic protests, bad first dates, to the dangers and joys of existing in Kansas as a queer person. With the support of Stories for All, participants will be able to opt in to having their stories recorded to be added to an archive of queer experiences in this area. In addition to this, we plan on doing a limited number of interviews and oral histories. We may look back on 2023 as a turning point for queer rights in Kansas, for good or ill, and the stories of people fighting to protect our community are unfolding in front of us.

Partner Details

  • Courtney Farr

    Chair of Community Engagement, Lawrence PRIDE


    Courtney Farr (he/him) is a Lawrence writer, activist and story teller. He joined the board of Lawrence PRIDE in 2023 as the Chair of Community Engagement, maintaining and developing relationships with other groups and individuals throughout the area. He performs stories and poetry at a variety of events in Lawrence and Kansas City. A lifelong Kansan, his work has included farming in western Kansas, journalism, and running a small business recycling electronic waste.

  • Shania Lopez-Cabrera

    Finance Chair, Lawrence PRIDE


    Shania Lopez-Cabrera (she/her) is a non-traditional student in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. In 2022, she was chosen for the inaugural class of NextGen Under 30 Kansas for her work in the banking industry. She is a proud Rotarian and volunteer, serving as the Finance Chair for Lawrence Pride and the 2023-24 President of LWN.