Kristi Parker founded the Liberty Press in September 1994 after a short stint as an oil and gas accountant. It has been a bumpy and fantastic ride and she has enjoyed it immensely.
She was also the chairperson of Wichita Pride, Inc. from 1994-1998, served as treasurer on the board of Kansans for Human Dignity, which oversaw The Center and was the merchandising chair for the local Stonewall 25 celebration – all in the 90s.
Since then she has been having a blast raising her fantastic son Jack, who was born in 2001 and has autism.
She is a frequent speaker on GLBT topics, a proud lesbian mom and an avid puzzler. She can be reached at [email protected] or on rare occasions at 316-652-7737.
Grayson Barnes is an educator, writer, and poet who happens to be trans. He teaches Art Appreciation and Humanities at Butler Community College in both Andover and El Dorado. His articles have appeared in the Liberty Press, the Active Age, and others.
For the Liberty Press, he specializes in reviewing the arts, although he loves doing actual interviews the most. If you have ever taken courses in art or humanities, you may have seen his name in some of the textbooks as an editor or reviewer. Mr. Barnes also creates manuals for instructors along with test banks, so it might even be his fault you sat through that particular lecture or had to answer THAT test question.
In 2016, some of his poetry was published in an anthology titled Defining Myself: Transmasculine Experience Through Poetry by Boundless Endeavors, Inc. When he is not teaching or writing, Mr. Barnes spends time with friends, attempts to build urban-industrial furniture, and hangs out on the couch with his dog Bella and his cat Winston.
Emily Beckman is a current Butler Community College student, majoring in journalism and mass communications. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in journalism, with a focus on writing. She loves telling people’s stories.
Emily is passionate about travel, fashion, journalism and lattes. She yearns to travel the world and embrace new opportunities. Emily is straight, but strongly supports LGBT rights. She is also a strong advocate for women’s rights.
She can be followed on instagram at em_beckman, and on her blog: embeckman.wordpress.com.
Nolin Christensen moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1988. He was born in Arizona and has lived in Arizona, Arkansas, Utah and Colorado before moving to Kansas. He currently writes a monthly column called Leather Life in the Liberty Press.
After moving to Wichita he became involved in many community events. For five years he coordinated a Men’s Only Night at a local bar. Over the years he has also been involved with the Wichita gay volleyball league, Wichita GALA Awards, the local MCC, and the LGBT Center. He is an active contributor to a vast group of charities including the ACLU, the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Birmingham, AL and multiple AIDS organizations.
Nolin has served on the board of directors for First Metropolitan Community Church, the Wichita Organization of Leather Fetishes (WOOLF), The Center of Wichita, and the Kansas National Association of Tax Professionals (KS-NATP). He is an internationally known Leather Lifestyles lecturer and instructor. Because of his involvement in the international leather community he was instrumental in the Wichita Organization of Leather Fetishes club receiving international recognition at the 2008 Leather Pantheon Awards as Small Club of the Year. He has been producer and co-producer for Leather Camp, an annual Wichita leather event hosted by WOOLF.
Nolin has worked as a paid genealogist since 1980, a quality analyst for Marriott International since 1986, a paid tax preparer since 1986 and since 1996 has owned Christensen Financial Services; a tax preparation business in Wichita. He and his two partners John and Mike have been together since 2002 and 2004 respectively.
Scott A. Hollander, also known as Mama (Thelma Harper) currently works as a route service representative at Quest Diagnostics, and writes Mama Knows Best for the Liberty Press. Many people know Scott as a former bartender/manager for Side Street Retro-Lounge, where he worked for five years. He also served on the board for Wichita Pride, Inc. for two years and was in charge of the parade!
Bob Minor has been writing his monthly column, "Minor Details" for Liberty Press since November 1998. He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence where he taught from 1977-2010 and was the chair of the Religious Studies Department for six. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received a Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Iowa in 1975 and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Divinity School in Chicago.
He is the author of eight books, his most recent being When Religion Is an Addiction, Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society, and Scared Straight: Why It's So Hard to Accept Gay People and Why It's So Hard to Be Human. In 1999 he received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Leadership Award for Education. Currently he lives in Kansas City with his partner of ten years.
He leads workshops on gender roles, homophobia, and racism for universities, colleges, churches, businesses, government organizations, and community and religious groups throughout the U.S. as well as workshops for non-heterosexuals on personal growth beyond "coming out" and how to be a healthy activist through The Fairness Project www.fairnessproject.org.
Stephanie Mott is a transsexual Christian woman who has written for Liberty Press since April 2008. She is a the founder and executive director of Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, vice-president of Capital City NOW, a commissioner on the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission, and community liaison for transgender inmates with the Shawnee County Department of Corrections.
Stephanie is employed as the office assistant/grants specialist in the Shawnee County Commission office. She is in her final semester of the Bachelor of Social Work program at Washburn University, and anticipates working toward her MSW beginning in the Fall. Her personal website is at www.publiclytransgender.com.
Ciara has been writing for Liberty Press since 2006. Never an official Pulitzer Prize nominee, Ciara graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in English Literature, which means she can read and write really good.
Ciara has a background in magazine writing, having written articles for various local magazines. She currently writes proposals for a Kansas City architecture firm, and sort of understands the lingo.
For fun, she enjoys KU basketball, listening to music and driving above the designated speed limit.