Swinney Recreation Center, UMKC Volker Campus
5030 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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.
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.
Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Heartland Men’s Chorus
Ann Francis Barhoum
Dr. Bob Batterson and Todd Green
Kutak Rock LLP
Joan McDowd & Diane Filion
Show-Me Presentation Resources
Maurice Watson/Husch Blackwell LLP
Westrope Holmes Foundation
Terry Anderson & Michael Henry
Burns & McDonnell
Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Peter Sunderman & Curt Thomas
Jon & Sarah Baum
Chris Beal & Tim Van Zandt
Robert Claassen, DDS
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Kirk Isenhour & Doug Anning
Kim Jones & Shelly Freeman
Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
JoZach Miller & Peter Bali
Julie Quirin & Teri Miller
Saint Luke’s Health System
Mark Sappington & David McGee
Steven St. Peter
Dr. Alexandra Strong & Brenda Hafner
Tom Suther & Kevin Bryant
Don White & Greg Thurman
Brian D. Williams
Barbara Bichelmeyer & Emily Ward
Mary Kay McPhee
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.