Pride Breakfast

March 21, 2019
7:30–9 a.m.

Swinney Recreation Center, UMKC Volker Campus
5030 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Sarah McBride

Featured Speaker

Sarah McBride

National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

Sarah McBride is a progressive activist and currently the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In 2016, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah has been involved in politics and progressive advocacy for more than a decade. She co-founded a statewide high school young Democrats organization and worked for the campaigns of Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). During her sophomore year of college, Sarah was elected student body president at American University.

Sarah first made national headlines when, at the end of her term as student body president, she came out publicly as transgender in the student newspaper. She went on to intern in the Obama White House, the first openly trans woman to do so, and, after graduating from college, helped lead the successful effort to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in Delaware.

It was during her time at the White House that Sarah met Andrew Cray, a transgender man and fellow advocate. The two fell in love and began working together in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Andy was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, and just days after they married, he tragically passed away. Andy’s passing instilled in Sarah a firm belief in the urgency of political and social change.

Now as a spokesperson for the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, Sarah has become one of America’s most public voices in the fight for LGBTQ equality, culminating in her address before the nation during the 2016 presidential election. Her moving new book Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband. From Delaware to North Carolina to Texas, Sarah is working to resist the politics of hate and to move equality forward.

About the Breakfast

Since 2008, the UMKC Pride Breakfast has raised funds to support LGBTQIA students at UMKC and served as a way to show our university's support of, and commitment to, LGBTQIA students on campus. The Pride Breakfast benefits programs and scholarships established specifically for LGBTQIA students, including the Pride Empowerment Fund, which provides emergency assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulty due to loss of family support.

Event Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor - $40,000

Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation


Trailblazer - $15,000

Morgan Stanley

Heartland Men’s Chorus


Activist - $5,000

Ann Francis Barhoum

Dr. Bob Batterson and Todd Green

Zane Burke

Scott Francis

Kathleen Kunkler

Kutak Rock LLP

Joan McDowd & Diane Filion

Show-Me Presentation Resources

Mike Sigler

Maurice Watson/Husch Blackwell LLP

Westrope Holmes Foundation


Ally - $2,500

Terry Anderson & Michael Henry

Burns & McDonnell 

Cerner Corporation

Kevin Dunn

Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Peter Sunderman & Curt Thomas

Advocate - $1,500

Jon & Sarah Baum

Chris Beal & Tim Van Zandt


Robert Claassen, DDS

David Francis

Chris Gibson

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Kirk Isenhour & Doug Anning

Kim Jones & Shelly Freeman

Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

JoZach Miller & Peter Bali

Ogletree Deakins

Julie Quirin & Teri Miller

Angela Rizzo

Paul Russell/

Saint Luke’s Health System

Mark Sappington & David McGee

SAVE, Inc.

Steven St. Peter

Dr. Alexandra Strong & Brenda Hafner

Tom Suther & Kevin Bryant

Don White & Greg Thurman

Brian D. Williams


Student Scholarship - $500

Barbara Bichelmeyer & Emily Ward

Hailee Bland-Walsh

Spence Heddens

Mary Kay McPhee

David Oliver

Media Sponsor

KCUR 89.3


Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

The Pride Breakfast is a collaborative initiative on behalf of the UMKC Divisions of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and University Advancement.