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Barnett , Jon D., 1956-



  • Existence: 1956 -


Jon D. Barnett is a writer, organizer, and activist in the Kansas City gay and lesbian community. He was born and grew up north of Colby, Kansas where he graduated high school in 1974. He moved to Kansas City in 1978 where he worked for the Metropolitan Community Church and owned Double TT Partnership, a construction company. While at the church, he connected to the gay and lesbian community and has since joined as many as fifteen organizations fighting for gay rights. After losing friends to AIDS, he co-founded the Kansas City chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP/KC) and the Human Rights Project (HRP). In 1991, Barnett ran as the first openly gay person for Kansas City Council, 2nd District At-Large. In 1993 he left HRP to become the Associate Editor of the News-Telegraph and the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Missouri Task Force for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (MOTF).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Jon Barnett Collection

Identifier: MS-0332
Scope and Contents

Jon Barnett donated his papers in August 2017. The collection is comprised of personal and professional documents related to his life as an activist. The collection is separated into personal documents, documents related to the HRP, and photographs. Materials include correspondence, publications, various writings, artifacts, and notes.

Dates: 1979 - 2004