Even after just publishing our 70th issue of Camp since our launch in June 2004, we always find people who are seeing it for the first time. Our challenge is to continue to serve our loyal readership and develop new circulation avenues for increased readership.
To gain more knowledge of our national and local demographics, beginning with this issue, Camp will be participating in a national survey of LGBT purchasing habits. This study is being conducted nationwide among publications serving the LGBT communities through Community Marketing Inc., an independent market research and communications firm based in San Francisco.
We hope to gain great survey response in the next two months, which we will share with you. To make the survey work, it’s important that we get as many local responses as possible. Prizes can be won in this survey, and it only takes a few minutes, so please log in today at www.lgbtsurvey.com.
An article in the August issue of Press Pass Q, the online newsletter for LGBT media, describes some trends. “The total buying power of the nation’s GLBT adult population is projected to be $712 billion this year, according to an updated national survey and analysis by market researchers Witeck-Combs Communications and Packaged Facts. The question for GLBT media is how to harness all that power. In their analysis, Witeck-Combs and Packaged Facts use the figure of 6.8 percent to estimate the number of gay Americans, a number that is roughly 15.3 million people. Gay and lesbian buying power is calculated by allocating a proportion of disposable income to gay and lesbian consumers that is equivalent to our share of the overall adult population.”
These are national statistics, but if you use the figure of 6.8 percent of Kansas City or the greater Kansas City metro, that equates to a potential universe of more than 30,000 LGBT residents in Kansas City and 136,000 LGBT residents in greater Kansas City (based on 2006 population statistics of 447,306 and two million respectively). Your response to the survey will help us know much more about our vibrant LGBT community.
Light the Night Benefit
The fabulous Melinda Ryder (a.k.a. Bruce Winter) and partner Kirk Nelson, among many other entertainers, will be hosting a benefit at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Tootsies for a cause close to her heart as a lymphoma survivor, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Along with the great entertainment, there will be an auction hosted by Flo. Admission is only $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.lightthenight.org, click on “team ryder” and check Bruce.
Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church’s
This congregation will mark its anniversary Aug. 22-24 with three events. They are bringing in Rev. Troy D. Perry, gay rights activist and founder of MCC for the weekend. All events are listed on the calendar on this page.
The Metropolitan Community Church of Kansas City began in 1973, chartered by the Rev. Troy D. Perry. Perry lives in West Hollywood, Calif.. An activist in the Gay Liberation movement, he has held leadership roles in two of the national marches on Washington for LGBT rights. Perry and his partner, Philip deBlick, were part of a group of people who won their court case against the state of California to have their marriage legally recognized.
Spirit of Hope MCC is led by the Rev. John Barbone, senior pastor, and the Rev. Kurt Krieger, administrative pastor. Krieger reports: “Rev. Barbone recently celebrated his 26th year as pastor of Spirit of Hope MCC. Spirit of Hope MCC is one of the top 25 churches in MCC for membership and offerings.”
He went on to say, “MCC was at the forefront of inclusion for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and we are continuing on our path to create a church that operates with the Culture of Christ. We have moved from meeting in the park, to borrowed space, to rented space, to owning our own first facility to today’s facility. We have responded to the AIDS crisis by helping create the first successful response program which in turn has given birth to two successful organizations (SAVE, Inc. and Good Samaritan Project) in Kansas City. We have responded to health concerns in the women’s community by creating the Lesbian Cancer Project. We continue to be the first place that Kansas City’s GLBT community turns to when a public response is needed.”
Sunday worship is at 10:15 a.m. Sundays, and a Bible study is offered at 6 p.m. Sundays. Podcasts will be offered soon of their lessons from Sunday services to reach out to persons who cannot attend. Spirit of Hope MCC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. (www.spiritofhopemcckc.org).
Lesbian Cancer Project
With the help of the Susan B. Komen for the Cure organization, the Lesbian Cancer Project is creating a focus group to determine the needs of lesbians who are fighting or who have survived breast cancer in the greater Kansas City area. The project is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Spirit of Hope MCC to create a support system for those in need. It also plans a breast examination class on Sept. 21.
For more information, contact the Lesbian Cancer Project, at the Spirit of Hope MCC, 816-931-0750, or email: Lesbiancancerproject@yahoo.com
Out & Equal Kansas City’s “Speak Out” Meeting
Our local chapter of Out & Equal will be holding its first event Sept. 29 at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium.
According to Leo Walters, co-chair of the chapter, “In a recent survey, Out & Equal identified that roughly 38 percent of respondents still felt as though they could not bring their best and most creative selves to work. It is our position that this has to change. We hope to do this through education and the promotion of workplace diversity, inclusivity, and employment non-discrimination practices.”
Walters says that the event “will bring to the forefront all the painful reminders of the negative effects that workplace discrimination and social stigmatization have upon our GLBT workforces.”
The audience will comprise human resource professionals, employees and employee resource group leaders presenting a format in a theatre-style setting, as well as a separate panel discussion with human resource professionals and members from KC Legal, local government and representatives from local retail and service industries.
The presentations will take place behind a curtain to ensure anonymity, out in the audience, read from Out & Equal council members, and presented via audio and video. The purpose of this format is to present an emotional appeal in a theatrical format to the attendees.
If interested in sharing your story or participating, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.