In the summer of 2017, historian Austin R. Williams partnered with The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America and the Out Here Now Kansas City LGBT Film Festival to launch "The Ordinance Project," a crowdsourcing endeavor to help raise the funds necessary to collect the oral histories of the activists, organizers, and politicians directly involved in fighting for antidiscrimination legislation for Kansas City's LGBTQ communities.
This video accompanied the official Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for "The Ordinance Project" in the summer of 2017.
Thanks to an overwhelming amount of community support, the endeavor proved to be a major success, enabling Williams to travel and capture more than 50 hours of oral history interviews. Beyond sharing their stories, the participants shared their letters, photographs, documents, and even old home videos of protests and demonstrations.
In the summer of 2018, The Ordinance Project premiered at the Out Here Now Kansas City LGBT Film Festival in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Kansas City adding "sexual orientation" to its civil rights ordinance.