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Leaving Kansas City because of anti-trans laws

With bills limiting gender-affirming care and trans sports participation on their way to Gov. Mike Parson, some transgender Missourians are packing up and moving to other states. Plus: How an unlikely feathered friend changed one Kansas City homeless man's life.

A number of anti-trans restrictions and regulations have passed in Kansas this legislative session, and in Missouri, two bans are on their way to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who is expected to sign them. The policies are causing many in Kansas City's trans community to fear for their safety. KCUR's Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga tells the stories of Kansas Citians making the move to safer states.

Early in the pandemic, Dave Hughes lost his job and his place to live. After finding refuge under a bridge in the middle of Kansas City's Brush Creek, Hughes made friends with a lonely duck. KCUR's Frank Morris has the story of how Ahmed the duck changed the way Hughes saw the world.

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