Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is Executive Editor of The Lion. A Kansas City native, he’s been an award-winning reporter, editor and opinion writer at newspapers in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia and Texas.

Missouri law banning trans procedures on kids is ‘about protecting children,’ says AG after defending it in key court hearing

A girl named Chloe testified she still bleeds every day after her transgender double mastectomy four years ago at 15. Another girl, Zoe, testified she wanted the procedure but was… Read More

August 25, 2023
Employee who called Greene County commissioners ‘bigots’ for not funding LGBTQ group with outreach to young children resigns

A Springfield government employee who called Greene County commissioners “bigots” for not supporting an LGBTQ grant because of its possible “outreach” to kids ages 5-11 has resigned. Aaron Schekorra, the Springfield-Greene… Read More

August 24, 2023
Public Education
Critics: Kansas City Public Schools exhibits ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’ in giving all students at least 40%, even on schoolwork not done

Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools is epitomizing “the soft bigotry of low expectations” by giving all students at least 40% credit on all tests and assignments – even ones that… Read More

August 21, 2023
Government employee blasts Greene County commissioners as ‘bigots’ for not funding LGBTQ group with outreach to young children

A local health department spokesman called his county commissioners “bigots” for not approving a grant to an LGBT organization because of its “outreach” to kids ages 5-11. In an email… Read More

August 17, 2023
Public Education
Kansas City-area school district awarded grant to create ‘gender-affirming closet’ to hide gender identity from parents, but later rejects it

The Kansas City-area Liberty Public Schools was awarded, but has rejected, a grant to create a “gender-affirming closet” for students to presumably hide their gender identity from their parents. The… Read More

August 7, 2023