As I write this column, only days before the Nov. 4 election, it’s hard to believe that this seemingly endless presidential campaign is nearly over. Brad Osborn has done a great job of summing up the local Kansas City issues on page 5. No matter your opinion on the local or national elections, let’s hope the effect of the LGBT vote makes history this year.
Camp doesn’t endorse candidates; instead we look to our great political organizations like Four Freedoms Democratic Club, KC Pride Democrats, Kansas Equality Coalition, PROMO, Human Rights Campaign and others, to do that. But in this election, it’s obvious that our support is with the Obama/Biden ticket. How could we not support a candidate who has spoken clearly to the rights of the LGBT community when his opponent has clearly reduced us to the second-class citizen level?
But no matter whom you vote for, please vote!
Miss Gay America
Kansas City’s own Victoria DePaula, otherwise known as Carl Glorioso, has won the title of Miss Gay America 2009. We did a cover story on Carl and his role in the documentary Pageant in the Jan. 18 issue of Camp. China Collins, another wonderful local entertainer, was also one of the finalists listed below. Congratulations Victoria and China!
Miss Gay America — Victoria DePaula
1st alternate — Chantel Reshae
2nd alternate — Coti Collins
3rd alternate — Alyssa Edwards
4th alternate — China Collins
Zoey Award Winners
The second annual Zoey Award winners are listed online at campkc.com, but several people have asked to see the winners in print. Here they are, courtesy of Zoe Kelly:
Best Event – Gay Pride Festival
Best Outreach – PFLAG
Best Publication – Camp
Best Photographer – Dusti Cunningham
Best New Starlet – Bianca Bliss
Best Male Impersonator – Buttweiser
Best Female Impersonator – Sparkle
Best Show Bar – Tootsies
Best Bar – Missie B’s
Best Bar Owner – Dustin & Michael of The Shaft
Best Bar Manager – Jean of Tootsies
Best Emcee – Belle Starr
Best Gay Friendly Business – Miller Lite
Best Gay Business – Video Mania
Best Spiritual Outreach – Spirit of Hope MCC
Best Pageant Promoter – Dustin & Michael of The Shaft
Best Vocalist – Daisy Bucket
Best DJ – Roger Stoddard of Missie B’s
Lifetime Achievement Award – Flo
Living Legend Award – Chris Collins
Appreciation Award – Deshannon
The group’s first Fall StreetBlast was a fun evening with perfect weather and great techno music on Main Street. Check out the pictures on page 13. John Koop tells me they have another special event being planned for this year as we speak. Stay tuned for more information in our next issue.
Pride is also looking for a webmaster to host and manage their website. If interested in helping Pride create a great web presence, call Koop, president of Gay Pride at 816-210-0375.
Trisha Lynn is hosting the Fall Harvest conference on Nov. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn on the Plaza for the transgender community and those who wish to know more about the “T” in LGBT. Admission is as low as $25, and they have a full lineup of speakers and events, with attendees coming from all over the Midwest and beyond.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 E. 65th St., Kansas City, Mo.
The Kansas City Anti Violence Project reports that it documented 43 LGBT victims of domestic violence in 2007, a 27 percent increase over 2006, in the Kansas City area.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and 37 of its member organizations across the country released the report, which shows 3,319 incidents of LGBT domestic violence in 2007 nationwide. The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project is the local program that submitted data to the report.
“The increase of reported violence shows our outreach and education in the community is working,” said Doug Riley, executive director of KCAVP. “Unfortunately, there are countless other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims who are not receiving the vital services needed to survive the violence they experience.”
PDF versions of the 2007 Domestic Violence Report are available at ncavp.org or at kcavp.org.
Keith Boykin at UMKC
Keith Boykin is returning to Kansas City to be the keynote speaker at UMKC Pride: Power to Create Change. His lecture is at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium, 5100 Holmes, Kansas City, Mo.
Boykin’s speech will be part of UMKC’s Division of Diversity, Access and Equity Lecture Series, which is designed to add differing perspectives to national discussions, including race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
Boykin is editor of The Daily Voice newspaper, host of BET’s My Two Cents, and founder of the National Black Justice Coalition. He has written three books: Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America, Respecting the Soul, and One More River to Cross.
For additional details, visit umkc.edu/chancellor/ode/.
Kansas City Coalition for Welcoming Ministries
This group is presenting the second annual Academy of Welcome on Nov. 7 and 8 at the First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd., Mission Hills, Kan.
The event begins Nov. 7 with a showing of the movie For the Bible Tells Me So, followed by a discussion led by the Rev. Vern Barnet, who writes for The Kansas City Star and Camp. The workshops begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Kurt Krieger of Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church. Lunch is provided Saturday. Registration is $20 for the movie, all workshops, presentations, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
Many of you will be reading this issue post-Halloween, so it’s only fitting that we start talking about the holidays. We already have some people telling us about their Thanksgiving holiday events. We’ll publish more in our Nov. 14 issue, so keep us informed!
The Lawrence, Kan., social group called NetworQ is planning a Family Thanksgiving Potluck at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert, and beverage of choice and NetworQ provides everything else for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an alternative flair.
The group has also announced that in December they will host another White Elephant Gift Exchange and Chili Feed. The party starts at 7 p.m at Maceli’s, and everyone is invited to bring a pot of their favorite chili recipe or fixings, as well as a wrapped White Elephant gift for the gift exchange.
NetworQ’s mission is to support, educate and serve the LGBT communities of the Lawrence area. The group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Maceli’s. For more information about NetworQ and its activities, email KansasNetworQ@yahoo.com. To learn more about the organization check out kansasnetworq.org.
Missie B’s Bartenders’ Revue
If you’re in town on Thanksgiving evening, do not miss the annual Missie B’s Bartenders’ Revue. This is a true evening of camp where bartenders and other guests who are drag queen-challenged don makeup, wigs and drag to perform for all as a benefit for their Holiday Angel Tree Fund. What better way to shake off your tryptophan stupor and enjoy a wonderful evening.
Heartland Men’s Chorus
This fantastic Kansas City group put on a fabulous Dinner of Note with guest star Nikki Blonsky on Oct. 18. The black-tie-optional event is a dressy night of food, drink, entertainment and silent auction. Blonsky was an amazing talent whose vocal repertoire included theater, rock and opera, but the most talented Ron Megee created multiple characters throughout the evening, along with the emcee, Heartland Men’s Chorus president Greg Maupins. If you missed the event this year, mark your 2009 calendar right now to reserve a spot at next year’s event.
The Heartland Men’s Chorus is hosting the third annual Gallery of Trees. The event features 15 to 20 or more beautifully decorated trees created by local businesses and chorus patrons for auction, along with festive wreaths. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Flo will serve as the celebrity auctioneer. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30,at Drexel Hall, Baltimore and Linwood Streets. Proceeds from the Gallery of Trees will benefit the Heartland Men’s Chorus GALA Travel Fund. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
The Chorus’ concert called Bless My Family will be Dec. 5-7 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, Kansas City, Mo. The holiday concert is always a romantic way to kick off the holidays and get you in the mood for the festive season. Ticket prices begin at $15.
For tickets or information on either of these events go to hmckc.org or call 816-931-3338.
After a great AIDS Bicycle Challenge with over 100 bicyclists that raised over $26,000, this group also hosted its second Beerfest at the Legends on Oct. 18. Both this Beerfest and the September Beerfest at the Power & Light District are fundraisers for the AIDS Service Foundation of greater Kansas City and the Kansas City Free Health Clinic. Check out the photos on page 12.
The next events to mark on your calendar will be the remembrance of World’s AIDS Day with a reception on Dec. 1 and a luncheon with guest speakers on Dec. 2.
We’ll be featuring much more about how we can all lose some of our cash this holiday season in the Dec. 5 Holiday Shopping issue of Camp. In the meantime here is one event that has already been announced.
The 24th annual Holly Holly Holly Days Sale will feature women’s arts and crafts including handmade pottery, jewelry, clothing, purses, toys, original paintings and herbal soaps and lotions. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.