Kelley to Auction Two Houses
If you read this on June 27 or 28, make sure to run over to see Nicole Kelley, real estate agent and auctioneer, in action. Kelley will be auctioning two houses June 28 — at 10 a.m. she will be at 2530 W. 63rd St. in Mission Hills, Kan., and at 12:30 p.m. she will be at 5637 Rockhill Rd. in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City home is owned by Doug S., who has been out in the community for years. He is selling his house to follow his dream and retire in Costa Rica. These are great opportunities to find a house at an auction price. More information is at www.auctionbymayo.com.
LGBT Tennis Kickoff Event
Brian Sullivan reports that he and others have formed a new LGBT tennis group – the Kansas City Tennis Alliance. Their kickoff event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. June 28 at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City. Planned activities include beginner and intermediate-level clinics led by tennis professionals and open doubles play. All levels of players are welcome. The group’s goals are for participants to improve their tennis games, meet other LGBT players and have fun.
Although they wanted people to notify them by June 26, it may still be possible to participate. They ask participants to bring $5 in cash to cover expected court fees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Smoking Ban News
I was surprised to see a van for KSHB-TV 41, the NBC local affiliate, outside Missie B’s on June 22. I grabbed my camera and walked into the bar expecting to see some filming, presumably about the recent smoking ban. I introduced myself to the reporter and told her I’d be happy to help her find people if she wanted opinions, pro or con, on the smoking ban. But I also told her that people often tend to get camera-shy in a gay bar.
Turns out they weren’t there to talk to customers at all. They wanted to talk to the bartenders and get their reaction. All three bartenders politely declined, because it hadn’t been cleared by their manager, Jan Allen, or owner, Michael Burnes. As Buddy Taylor (aka Belle Starr) said to me, he wasn’t at all camera-shy, but he’d never issue an opinion for the bar that hadn’t been cleared by management. I heard from friends who watched the evening broadcast that the reporter eventually did get some bartenders at another local gay bar to issue their opinions on the smoking ban and they weren’t complimentary. Seems to me a bit sensationalist from Channel 41, but it sounds like they got the opinions they were looking for.
Gay Film Festival
Jamie Rich has once again lined up a stellar assembly of more than 15 films for the 2008 Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival, which runs June 27-July 3 at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport. Co-sponsored by KKFI 90.1 (The Tenth Voice), this film festival is always a great treat. The full schedule is available in a downloadable pdf at: www.KCGayFilmFest.com, or you can check the Tivoli for schedules and show times. The Festival Hotline is 816-931-0738.
We really can’t single out any of the films because they all look outstanding, but here are a few highlights. Vern Barnet, who writes for The Kansas City Star and Camp will be hosting a discussion group after the movie A Jihad for Love, which plays at 4:45 p.m. June 29. Kansas City videographer Lisa Evans’ documentary of interviews with local people titled When Did You Know? plays at 6 p.m. July 3. And in their press release, the Film Fest highlights the closing movie of the series, Were the World Mine which film critics are calling Hedwig meets High School Musical. This film will close the festival at 8 p.m. July 3 at the Tivoli.
Jason and deMarco
As reported in our last issue, this Christian singing duo will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. June 29 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte St. To try to get tickets, contact MCC at 816-931-0750 or visit www.spirtofhopemcckc.org.
The Elms GLBT Weekend
With gas prices at $4 per gallon, what better summer vacation weekend than a short trip up to The Elms in Excelsior Springs for the GLBT Weekend on Aug. 1-2. It’s really a treat and a beautiful historic inn. Reservations can be made by calling 816-630-5500 or visiting www.elmsresort.com. Look for the story about The Elms in the June 13 issue of Camp or online at www.campkc.com.
Russ DuBuc, local travel agent and owner of RD Travel Limited Inc., has been arranging personalized tours of the California wine country for years. Now he is able to arrange weddings in three of the most popular destinations in Northern California. In a press release DuBuc reports that his company “has partnered with three of the top wedding and honeymoon professionals in the area. They will arrange everything from obtaining the marriage license, providing transportation, selecting lodging and conducting the ceremony.” Camp will be reporting more on the many aspects of uniting in same-gender marriage in future issues. In the meantime, you can reach DuBuc at 816-454-3800 or Russ@RDTravelLimited.com.
KC Pride Democratic Club
The group is once again hosting their annual Wine & Cheese Auction on July 26 at the Kansas City Athenaeum. There will be live and silent auctions, wine, food and more. The event begins at 7 pm and the suggested donation is $25. Visit their Web site for more information and event updates: www.kcpridedemocrats.com.
PROMO has announced that Stephanie Perkins has assumed the role of Southwest Missouri field organizer. They report that she is an activist originally from Overland Park, Kan. and is now a senior at Missouri State University, majoring in sociology. Perkins was recruited to volunteer with PROMO several years ago and has also worked closely with local organizations including the AIDS Project of the Ozarks, Planned Parenthood, ACLU and Jane D.O.E.
The PROMO PAC has just announced their first-round candidate endorsements for this year. They are:
Missouri state treasurer race – Rep. Clint Zweifel*
Senate 5 – Rep. Robin Wright Jones*
Senate 17 – Sandra Aust
House 39 – Rep. Beth Low
House 40 – Rep. John Burnett*
House 44 – Amy Coffman* (dual endorsement)
House 44 – Jason Kander* (dual endorsement)
House 59 – Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford
House 63 – April Harris*
House 64 – Rep. Rachel Storch*
House 67 – Mike Colona*
House 71 – Don Calloway*
House 72 – Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal*
House 73 – Stacey Newman*
House 83 – Rep. Jake Zimmerman
House 91 – Jeanne Kirkton*
House 135 – Nancy Hagan
House 138 – Rep. Sara Lampe
Jackson County Sheriff – John Bullard*
*Indicates candidates who are running in the Aug. 5 primary.
For more information on PROMO PAC, call 314-862-4900, e-mail PROMO@PROMOonline.org, or visit www.PROMOPAC.org. July 9 is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 5 primary.
LGBT College Scholarship
The Dillenkoffer Endowment announced that Shane Heslet, of Rossville, Kan., is the 2008 recipient of its $10,000-per-year, four-year college scholarship. The endowment awards the scholarship each year to a LGBT high school student who lives in Kansas or Missouri. Heslet received one of four scholarships given by the endowment each year.
“Shane is helping to build a positive image for the GLBT community and is a role model to straight and GLBT young adults everywhere,” says Frank Dillenkoffer, honorary chairman of the endowment. “He regularly volunteers for community projects and fundraisers and tutors lower-level students. Shane aspires to be a teacher and continue his dedication to helping others, and we trust that this scholarship award will help him realize that dream.”
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