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During the month of June, RideKC became PrideKC as we invited our passengers to ride along on the PrideKC vehicles and celebrate diversity, inclusion and safety all month long.
PrideKC was officially launched with an event that unveiled the PrideKC illustrated public transit vehicles, alongside music, refreshments, photo opportunities with the rainbow-wrapped vehicles, free on-site health assessments, PrideKC details and future events, and how you can get involved. Limited edition PrideKC swag was also available for purchase.
The PrideKC kick-off was Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Union Station KC Streetcar stop on the west side of Main Street and north of Pershing Road.
Special guests included members from the Office of Congressman Cleaver and the Office of Congresswoman Sharice Davids, Mayor Sly James, City Councilmembers, the Kansas City Health Department, the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce, KC Regional Transit Alliance, PrideKC sponsors, RideKC team members and many more.
The month of June is celebrated nationally as Pride Month for the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as Safety Month through the National Safety Council. We want to share the message that RideKC welcomes everyone and strives to provide a safe and inclusive place for our employees, customers and region. We stand together against violence and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race or religion, and work together to make all modes of transportation a safe and enjoyable experience.
PrideKC is made possible by the generous support of our local sponsors and community partners: The Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce; KC Regional Transit Alliance; Burns & McDonnell; PortKC; HNTB; Quintessential Events; River City Rebar; WeWork; WSP; TranSystems; and TREKK Design Group. A special thanks to Union Station for helping to host this event.