A half-century ago, there was an active gay life in Kansas City, but only if you knew where to go. There was the Colony nightclub on Troost, where the bartender could switch on a red light if he knew that police were getting ready to raid the place. Down the street, the "femme mimics" at the Jewel Box Lounge (including Rae Bourbon, later jailed for murder) didn't lip-synch to records but really sang — and frequently sewed their own gowns. Kansas City's gay history is the focus of today's trolley tours, hosted by the Kansas City Museum and the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America (GLAMA). Both tours leave from Union Station: one at 11 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. Local actor and historian Ross Freese leads the one-hour expedition that travels to both familiar and lesser-known historical sites. Tickets cost $25. Make a reservation at kansascitymuseum.org/glama.html.