In addition to AIDS Walk on April 26, featured in this issue, plenty more events are scheduled for this spring and beyond where you can join others in the LGBT community. Here are a few of them.
Kansas City Gay Pride and Street Blast: May 30-31 and June 1.
National acts have now been announced, and they include Martha Wash, Deborah Cox, 2 Unlimited and the DC Cowboys. The Friday night Street Blast at Ninth and Main Streets and Saturday and Sunday festival at Penn Valley Park routinely draw tens of thousands of people.
The Gay Pride crew works tirelessly all year to put on the festival. They aim to provide something for everyone: dancing, music, entertainment, food, drinks and more for a great party. But it?s much more than just a social event. Once again there will be a commitment ceremony at the Festival. Great events for families and children are also planned, as well as pet adoptions and the poignant AIDS Quilt on display in the memorial tent. Well over 100 exhibitors will be there to introduce their organizations serving the LGBT community or to offer gifts, clothes, products and services. Exhibitor booths are still available.
This year will feature the always popular Dress to Impress art auction and fashion show May 23at bar Natasha and the Interfaith Service on May 28 at Spirit of Hope MCC. For visitors from out of town, the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, will offer discounts. Reserve a room at 816-421-1234 (mention the Kansas City Gay Pride rate).
Celebrate your pride at this social, cultural, educational and festive event. Look for more information in the May 2 and May 16 Gay PrideGuide issues of Camp and at www.kansascitygaypride.org.
For those more comfortable with 250 people rather than 25,000, there are two picnics in May:
Midwest Alternative Family Alliance Family Day Spring Picnic: noon-3 p.m. May 4, Porter Park, Prairie Village, Kan.
The group describes this as ?A time designated for fun, food and support for LGBT couples/singles and their families, couples/singles that are thinking about starting a family, and straight allies that support LGBT families.? Hamburger, hot dogs and all the trimmings will be provided. RSVP to Natalie Banks at 816-930-2353 or NSCBanks@aol.com by April 25. More information can be found at www.kcmafa.org.
LGBT community-wide picnic: 11a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at Swope Park, Shelter 7
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City will provide grills, hot dogs, chips and some drinks. They ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as chairs and blankets. They will also be looking for donations of lightly used clothing for Halfy?s Thrift Boutique in Mission, Kan., to benefit the Pet Connection–a no-kill, cageless animal shelter. RSVP to Mitch Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-931-6025.
Leslie Jordan?s return: 8 p.m. June 6, Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, a one-man laugh fest, is written and adapted for live performance by Jordan himself. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster, (www.ticketmaster.com) or by calling the Folly Theatre box office at 816-474-4444.
?Divas? concert by the Heartland Men?s Chorus: June 14 & 15. Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo.
What better way to celebrate Gay Pride month than with a Heartland Men?s Chorus concert? This year?s guest entertainer is the fabulous female impersonator Christopher Peterson. A star who has entertained from Palm Springs to Key West to Provincetown, he?ll amaze with his impersonations of Cher, Barbra Streisand, Marilyn Monroe and more. For more information visit www.hmckc.org
Melinda Ryder and friends in benefit for No More Homeless Pets: June 22, Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore.
Join our fabulous fundraiser Melinda and other entertainers for a great show and benefit for our furry friends. More information can be found at www.kcpets.org.
Black Gay Pride: Aug. 7-10.
It?s a few months away, but we?ve just learned that there will be a Black Gay Pride in Kansas City. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of Camp. In the meantime, for more information contact DeVon Horn, email@example.com.
As always, keep me informed of your organization or businesses activity by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.