Just in case you’re looking for an excuse to have out-of-town visitors come to see you this fall, September and October are packed with activities, events and fundraisers, including National Coming Out Day, Out in Westport, a new Gay Pride StreetBlast, and, of course, Halloween.
It’s the cover story, and we have many great features about the event in this issue. The important thing is that you can still purchase tickets for this event online or at the event on Sept. 19. It’s a great party, and if you’re new in town and haven’t been there, make plans to go and meet a great new circle of friends, all partying for a good cause. Tickets are $70 in advance or $80 at the door and include all food, drink, entertainment and more. Call 816-531-8340 or go online at www.saveinckc.com.
AIDS Walk and AIDS Bicycle Challenge
The group is rolling out the beer gardens on Sept. 27 in the Power and Light District and Oct. 18 at Legends. The partying will be great, and it’s an important fundraiser for them and the KC Free Health Clinic.
Michael Lintecum and Josh Strodtman, organizers of AIDS Walk, recently presented an award of appreciation to the Center of Life Chiropractic team for stellar fundraising — $20,000 in several years and $9,000 in 2008 alone.
We’re only weeks away from the AIDS Bicycle Challenge on Oct. 4. Ride organizer Josh Strodtman says they have more riders registered than they had at this time last year. Dan Chancellor and Patti Abshier, co-chairs of the event, are working hard on recruitment by meeting with neighbors, community churches and businesses, as well as helping everyone get their bodies ready by holding numerous training rides. The last two rides are at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Barker Road access point of the Mill Creek Streamway Trail, and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the Tomahawk Creek trail behind Berbiglia on 103rd and State Line Road in Kansas City, Mo.
“Sponsorship is at a record pace with over $6,000 already in the bank and more to come,” Strodtman said. “Fundraising is off to a good start. We want to remind everyone that there are fundraising incentives this year! TREK is giving the top overall fundraiser a new TREK mountain bike! Please sign up today at www.firstgiving.com/aidswalkkc!”
Out & Equal Kansas City “Speak Out!” Conference
Leo Walters, co-chair of the group, reports that plans are moving along quickly for their first regional conference on Sept. 29 and their Coming Out Day luncheon on Oct. 9. He said Embarq would be a corporate sponsor of the Coming Out Day luncheon. Jason Kander will join the panel discussion for the Speak Out! conference. KKFI has agreed to run a short broadcast about the conference. Lambda Legal has agreed to provide an attorney for the panel discussion as well as 350 goody bags for the event. For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.outandequal.org or call 816-377-6568.
Zoe Kelly tells me the ballots for the Zoey Awards are out in the bars now, so if you can find one, vote and let Zoe know who you think should win any of these awards. Zoe is also looking for sponsors and it’s a very minimal amount, so if you’re interested, call Zoe at 863-4974. This is a fundraiser for the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association, which is trying to bring the 2009 rodeo back to Kansas City.
‘Camp’ LGBT Survey
We have been telling readers in the last several issues that Camp is participating with other LGBT publications in a national survey on marketing trends in the LGBT community. The survey link can be found at www.campkc.com, and we are now nearly halfway to our goal of completed surveys. Please take a moment or two right now and check it out! Your response will be greatly appreciated and valuable to our knowledge of our community, not only in Kansas City but also nationwide. The results may even dispel any misconceptions or generalizations by marketers on either coast about trends in the Midwest. Participants are eligible to win prizes! So please take the survey. Deadline has just been extended to Sept. 30, so there is still time to participate!
Out in Westport
The 14th annual Out in Westport festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. For the first time, it will be held at the north end of Hyde Park (37th and Gillham Road). The Lesbian and Gay Community Center reports: “The new venue will allow for the festival to continue to grow and was the impetus for this year’s theme: A New Leaf. In the past few months the LGCCKC has undergone many changes, and has experienced its own ‘coming out’ as the new and exciting CyberCom, online community center. This year Out in Westport is turning A New Leaf as we become a green festival — both in location and in actions. The festival will include traditional picnic fare, live entertainment, local artists, organizations, and vendors from across Greater Kansas City and outlying areas.”
For more information on sponsoring, setting up a booth or a table at this event, e-mail GaynKC@gmail.com or visit LGCCKC.org.
Gay Pride October StreetBlast
The group has just announced that it will hold its second StreetBlast of 2008 on Oct. 11. The location and entertainment lineup have not yet been announced. Admission will be free, just like the June Gay Pride StreetBlast, with the only fee being a $5 wristband to drink alcohol, plus the cost of any beverages. John Koop, president of Gay Pride, is promising a great event as popular as other StreetBlasts. This is the first time they’re doing this in the fall. Tables will be provided free of charge for anyone who wishes to staff one for their organization or business, Koop says. We will report more specifics in the Oct. 3 issue of Camp. For more information, visit www.kansascitygaypride.org where they will update their Web site with details.
The Kansas City Anti Violence Project will host a Halloween-themed bowling event called Bowl a “Strike” Against Violence from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ward Parkway Lanes, 1523 W. 80th St., Kansas City, Mo. Individual registration fees are $35 before Oct. 10 and $40 after Oct. 10. Registrations for teams of five are $150 before Oct. 10 and $200 after Oct. 10. Call 816-561-0550 or register online at www.kcavp.org.
Kansas City LGBT Youth Survey
Tony Bowen, a senior at William Jewell majoring in nonprofit leadership and business, is doing a survey on LGBT youth. As part of his research study, he’s examining what, if any, resources are available for them, especially in more rural areas of our states. Bowen states: “The purpose of this research is three-fold: first, to evaluate the needs of Kansas City LGBT youth ages 13-21; second, to analyze the services nonprofits in Kansas City provide for LGBT youth; and third, to recommend how the nonprofits in Kansas City can better meet the needs of LGBT youth beyond the services they currently provide.”
To take the survey, you must be someone who identifies as LGBT, who is between 18 and 21 years old, and who resides or attends school in the Kansas City metro area. Bowen is also offering chances to win a Target gift card. The survey is at www.kclgbtyouth.blogspot.com. For more information, Bowen can be reached at: email@example.com.
LGBT Anti-Smoking Summit
Lisa M. Harrison is program manager for the LGBT Tobacco Control Network, which is planning the LGBTQ Anti-Tobacco Summit on Sept. 22-23 in Kansas City. She reports that the deadline for local scholarship requests has been extended through September. For more information, visit www.lgbttobacco.org or call 617-927-6451.
Hear Me Out Toastmasters
Hear Me Out Toastmasters will hold an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd., Mission Hills, Kan. The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served. Hear Me Out Toastmasters is among more than 10,000 Toastmasters clubs around the world. This club is one of 10 in the country that focus on the LGBT and allied communities. Toastmasters International is devoted to communication and leadership development. For more information about Hear Me Out Toastmasters, visit its new Web site at http://hearmeout.freetoasthost.ws, call 913-400-1229 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Out Late’ at the 8th Kansas International Film Festival
The film portrays five individuals who came out late in life, showing the struggles they went through while living in the closet and why they chose to come out in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The movie, which will be shown at 7:35 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Glenwood Arts Theatre, 95th and Metcalf, includes people in the Kansas City community. It will wrap up the Kansas International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 19-25. For more information visit www.kansasfilm.com Coming Events