Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Hunt for an ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’

Vewiser Dixon leans forward behind his wide wooden desk and waxes on about his neighborhood. Dixon has lived in this corner of Kansas City his whole life; it was once and perhaps remains the beating heart of African-American life here—18th and Vine, made famous by Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and that set. Dixon now owns property along the rough-strewn blocks around the jazz district, and he has a vision.

“It was our mecca for black business, you know?” he says. “That’s my dream—to restore that i…