Located in southeastern Kansas, about 200 miles southwest of Kansas City and 160 miles north of Oklahoma City, the sprawling river city of Wichita is the largest municipality in Kansas, with a population of nearly 400,000 (650,000 metro). In America's quite socially conservative heartland, the gay population is relatively small and also less conspicuous than in many other parts of the country, but visitors are sometimes surprised that Wichita does have a growing gay scene; according to the latest census figures, some 900 same-sex couples live in Wichita.
Wichita Gay Pride takes place in late September, the culmination of about 10 days of events. The dates of Wichita Pride this year are September 24 and 25, 2016.
Events related to Wichita Gay Pride typically take place for about 10 days leading up to the big weekend, and in the past have included a bowling night, Pride picnic, skate party, Wigstock at Riverside Hair Station, Party Bus bar crawl, and more.
Then on Saturday, September 24, there's a Community Pride Picnic at O.J. Watson Park from 11 am until 3 pm, followed by a Block Party at the main festival grounds, the Mid-America All-Indian Center (650 N. Seneca St.), from 5:30 until 9:30, and then a Pride Drag Show that evening, starting at 10:30 pm, at Club Boomerang.
Then on Sunday, September 25, worship services in the morning at the Indian Center, an Equality Kansas Rally at noon at the Old County House, and the Wichita Gay Pride Parade (running from the Old County Courthouse to the Indian Center) from 1 until 1:30 pm. Taking place throughout the afternoon, from noon until 6 pm, the Wichita Pride Festival is held at the Indian Center and includes concerts and other entertainment..
Wichita Gay Resources
Although there aren't many resources on the gay scene in Wichita, the city does have a useful gay newspaper, the Liberty Press, which has plenty of information on local organizations, bars, and resources. Also helpful, in terms of travel tips and advice on the region, is website of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau.