Black Gay Pride
The group is working feverishly on their event, which will be Aug. 6-10. They have just announced the addition of a health fair to the schedule. They are planning a fundraiser, “Nude at the Beach”, at 10 p.m. on July 22 at Tootsies. For more information on Black Gay Pride, contact Devon Horn, Technical Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/kcblackpride.
Look for much more information on all the events in the Aug. 1 issue of Camp.
Aug. 5 Primaries in Kansas and Missouri
The Aug. 5 primaries are nearly upon us. KC Pride Democratic Club has its endorsements in the ad on this page. Four Freedoms Democratic Club will list its endorsements in the Aug. 1 issue of Camp. And listed below are the Kansas Democratic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus endorsements. Thanks to these groups for vetting candidates and helping make the voting selectionat much easier.
US Senate- Lee Jones
KS Senate, 5th District- Kelly Kultala,
KS Senate, 10th District- Pete Roman,
KS Senate, 29th District- Oletha Faust Goudeau,
KS House, 24th District- Andy Sandler,
KS House, 56th District- Annie Tietze,
KS House, 84th District- Inga Taylor
Steve Brown, president of the caucus, reports, “This is an exciting election cycle for Kansas LGBT Democrats. This year, we have a good chance to replace several adversarial Democratic and Republican legislators with Democrats who support the Kansas LGBT community. Even more exciting is the fact that this may be the year that an open lesbian is elected to the Kansas Legislature.” For more information about the caucus, contact Brown (email@example.com).
AIDS Walk and AIDS Bicycle Challenge
The 20th annual AIDS Walk Kansas City raised more than $540,000 from individual walkers, corporate sponsors, online individual fundraising and special events between January and event day, Michael Lintecum reports, which is an $118,000 increase over last year’s total. Many cities far larger than Kansas City do not raise nearly this much money, and what AIDS Walk raises stays right here in our community for the people and organizations that need it.
Lintecum and Josh Strodtman are now working hard on the next fundraiser – the fourth annual AIDS Bicycle Challenge (ABC) on Saturday, Oct. 4. It is a series of three rides for riders from novices to enthusiasts. Find out more or register to ride at www.aidswalkkansascity.org/ride.
Owner Theresa Van Ackeren of Family Bicycles, 7140 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, Mo., is a big supporter of the ride, so check out her great new store for bicycles or bicycle repair. Her Web site is: www.familybicycleskc.com And you can get in shape and ride with other bicyclists in Kansas City’s own LGBT and allied bicycle club, OutSpokin. You can join their Yahoo group or find out more about their weekly bike rides at their site, www.outspokinkc.org.
Office elections will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug, 5, upstairs at Missie B’s. I’ve heard several comments from people about Gay Pride, good and bad, and even seen some e-mails floating around. Yet no one has written a letter to the editor with constructive criticism. If you feel strongly about the people running for Pride, show up for the elections and make your opinion known.
Spirit of Hope MCC
You have to admire this congregation for finding ways to create fun events for the community. Their Jason and DeMarco concerts have been huge successes, and now they’re bringing country music artist Justin Ryan to their stage at 7 p.m. July 27. The event is free, with donations gladly accepted. Spirit of Hope MCC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. More information can be found at www.spiritofhopemcckc.org
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival
Jamie Rich, festival director, announced the winning films from this year’s just-completed film and video festival:
• The Audience Award for Best Feature Film went to the musical fantasy Were the World Mine, a spirited twist on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
• Festival audiences also chose Chris & Don: A Love Story, the true story of the passionate, three-decade relationship between author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy, as the winner of Best Feature Documentary.
Over a thousand ballots were cast in this year’s competition, which also drew some of the highest overall scores in festival history, Rich said. The top five films, separated by the narrowest of voting margins, also included the family comedy Tru Loved; the religious drama Save Me; and the documentary about service members battling the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Ask Not.
Rich credits the positive audience response to one of the strongest line-ups ever. “The complexity, depth and overall quality continue to improve,” he said, “as digital technology enables more people to share their stories and creative talents in the filmmaking process.”
Rich said that another of this year’s successes was the first film commissioned for the festival, Lisa Marie Evans’ When Did You Know? Her documentary featuring local responses to the question in the title drew a sizable crowd and helped inspire several audience members to fund future filmmaking projects. Over $1,000 was raised for the festival’s filmmakers’ fund, which will be used to commission additional films and support the creative work of LGBT videographers in the Midwest. For more information, visit www.KCGayFilmFest.com or call 816-931-0738.
Missouri License & Title Agency
Many of you may already know Mike Jones from the fabulous parties he and Bob throw in their great home in Valentine. I recently had the privilege of doing business with Mike at his Missouri License & Title Agency that advertises in every issue of Camp. I can only testify to all that you need to get in there when your tags are due for renewal or when you purchase another vehicle. For nearly nothing, Mike and his staff take care of the entire license-plate renewal process and you avoid the long and frustrating lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. He just took care of my license-plate renewals and it was totally painless. His office is at 3301 Gillham Plaza, 816-753-8238, right next door to the Sidestreets Bar.
39th St. Businesses
Greg Patterson of Greg Patterson & Associates and several other midtown business owners are hosting a 39th and Main Street Luncheon, Property & Business Showcase from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 24. The event includes a “meet and greet,” lunch, tours and drawings. This is a great part of the city that these business owners are working to revitalize.
And while you’re there, make sure to visit our fitness columnist, Darryl Olive, at his KC Fitness Link, 3909 Main St. Darryl’s just announced a new series of summer yoga classes, beginning July 22. He’s also a personal trainer and all around terrific guy. For more information visit: www.kcfitnesslink.com or call 816-256-4443.
And only a few blocks north, just north of the great Unicorn Theatre (now on summer hiatus) is one of the truly most fun stores, Illegitimate Art & Design, where you can find anything “pre barcode,” as owner Duncan Busser likes to describe his merchandise. It’s a great, eclectic antiques and gift store, at 3608 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-561-0994.
Sixth Annual LGBTQ Anti-Tobacco Summit
The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network has chosen Kansas City, Mo., for its sixth annual LGBTQ Anti-Tobacco Summit, based on Kansas City’s new smoking ban in bars and restaurants. It will be held Sept. 22-23 at the Sheraton Suites on the Plaza.
Fees are a $30 suggested donation for adults over 24. A limited number of scholarships is available to cover registration, travel and hotel costs to attend.
For more information on the organization, scholarship application and information, or to register for the summit, visit www.lgbttobacco.org
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