Knowing the lyrics to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” doesn’t make one a patriot. A better litmus test: commitment to understanding and protecting the Bill of Rights. The road to nationalism begins tonight in the River Market when ACLU2 (a committee of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri) and the LGBT Task Force hook up for ACLU2sdays at the Redhead Lounge (529 Walnut, 816-527-0999) from 6 to 9. Mingle over cocktails and discussion of such issues as the legal implications of gender identity, same-sex marriages and laws forbidding sodomy. The event is free and open to the public. Stay for one more Budweiser longneck and a performance by local garage-rock band the Double Shots at 9 p.m. Then you’ll know you’re really free.

Tue., April 14, 2009