Bear Crossing 6: Beyond the Stars


Kansas City Bear Mafia 2018 Beneficiaries

Kansas City is a beautiful city. Just like you, we believe in genuine love and equal rights for all LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those right here in our hometown. We’re committed to doing everything we can to help strengthen, grow, and support our community.

Every year the members of the Kansas City Bear Mafia work to raise funds for local organizations that share in this mission. Through an application process, local LGBTQ+ organizations apply for funding to support their projects that better the community. Once applications are submitted members vote to select our benefactors.

The Kansas City Bear Mafia is proud to announce our 2018 Beneficiaries.




Foster Adopt Connect

FosterAdopt Connect is a nonprofit organization that specializes in solving problems for kids and families involved in and affected by the child welfare system.

Their mission is “to provide foster and adopted children a stable, loving and nurturing family environment by support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and the families caring for them.” They began in 1998 as a small support group formed by an experienced Teaching Foster Parent and a brand new, energetic foster parent. Due to their perspective as a grass roots organization formed by foster, kinship and adoptive families, they are effective at implementing innovative programs and services when others might not be.

For more information about The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, visit their website:




Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) provides dedicated services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults, throughout Missouri and Kansas, who have experienced trauma, violence, harassment or neglect. Through direct advocacy, professional training and community education, we work to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence and hate crimes.

Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP) is the only organization in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, or Nebraska solely dedicated to providing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) victims of domestic and sexual violence as well as bias crimes (also called hate crimes).

KCAVP was created in October 2002 in response to a murder-suicide that occurred in Kansas City. While members of the LGBTQ community were aware that the individuals involved were a gay couple, local media reported that the two men were roommates. After discussions about possible resources in the area for LGBTQ individuals experiencing domestic violence, it was discovered that no LGBTQ-specific resources existed to help those in the community. As a response, KCAVP was formed to to bridge the lack of services available to LGBTQ victims of violence and to educate both the LGBTQ community and the community at large about violence in the LGBTQ community.

For more information about The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, visit their website:




Kansas City Center for Inclusion

The Kansas City Center for Inclusion, Inc. (KCCI) is Kansas City’s LGBTQIA+ resource center. Founded in 2017, KCCI is proud to focus on the future of our family here in Kansas City, as we strive for a cohesive community.Their Mission:

To operate exclusively for charitable purposes by providing a safe, welcoming community space where LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, friends, and straight allies can come for education, resources, and activities; and by providing community outreach in building a cohesive LGBTQIA+ community in the Midwest.

For more information about The Kansas City Center for Inclusion, visit their website::



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The Union – A Midwest Transguy Coterie

The Union is a support, social and resource group that caters to the FTM community. The brotherhood is located in and primarily serves Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding metropolitan areas but also provides a presence and assistance to those in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

For more information about The Union, visit their website::