Nov. 4 was a significant day with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency and Joseph Biden to the vice presidency, and it will lead to an interesting 2009, to be sure.
The LGBT community watched the elections with glee but also disappointment after the narrow win of Proposition 8 in California, constitutional amendments banning same-gender marriage in Arizona and Florida and the Arkansas ban on adoption or foster parenting by unmarried couples (i.e. gay and lesbian).
Those of us who know former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes watched as her opponent, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, won re-election to his seat in Missouri’s Sixth District. His campaign tried to portray Barnes as someone with “San Francisco values” and used her support for the LGBT community in his sleazy ads. Graves ran a shameful campaign, and it unfortunately worked for him. Let’s hope we see Kay Barnes in a new leadership role in our community again soon.
Stop the H8 Rally
Sarah Gillooly of our statewide equality organization, PROMO, sent me this update for a rally taking place Nov. 15. It’s the day after this issue publishes, but just in case you see this in time, here’s the information: Simultaneous Stop the H8 Rallies are planned nationwide on Nov. 15. Kansas City’s rally will be at 12:30 p.m. at J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Plaza (permit pending). With these rallies, cities across the nation will stand together against inequality after the recent ballot initiatives in California, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas. Visit JoinTheImpact.com for general nationwide information.
Gillooly reports, “There is a group putting together the Kansas City rally as I write this, with folks from PROMO, HRC, LGCCKC, ACLU, and more.” Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus is a confirmed speaker, she says, and they have invited Jim MacDonald, president of Four Freedoms, and City Councilwoman Beth Gottstein to speak. Read the news on the success of these rallies in our next issue of Camp.
Friends of Chamber Music Concerts
The Friends of Chamber Music has a wonderful holiday lineup with the all-male singers Lionheart performing Tydings Trew: Feasts of Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Chanticleer, another all-male group of singers, from San Francisco, comes to Kansas City to perform with the Shanghai String Quartet at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Mention their ad in this issue of Camp and receive a $5 discount. Tickets are available at chambermusic.org or by calling 816-561-9999.
GLBT History Month 2009 Icon Nominations
As we mentioned last month, the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum celebrates GLBT History Month every October with 31 gay icons honored daily on their website. The group is now looking for nominations for the 31 Icons to be honored during GLBT History Month 2009. For each Icon, the site will have a video, biography, bibliography with links, images and other educational resources. You can view the 93 Icons for GLBT History Month 2006, 2007 and 2008 at glbtHistoryMonth.com.
Here is a chance to nominate someone from the Midwest to be honored on a national level. Each nominee must be a GLBT person, living or deceased, who has distinguished himself or herself in a field of endeavor, as a national or international hero, and/or in the GLBT civil rights movement.
The categories for a distinguished contribution in a field of endeavor include but are not limited to: academia, business, family, film, government service, health care, law, literature, media, military, music, performing arts, philanthropy, politics, religion, science, sports, visual arts and world peace.
For GLBT History Month 2008, the national hero was Mark Bingham, who led the counterattack against the Flight 93 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, who founded the first lesbian organization in the United States, were among the Icons recognized
for their contributions to GLBT civil rights.
Send your nominations by email to Executive Director Malcolm Lazin at email@example.com or by mail to Equality Forum, 1420 Locust St., Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19102, by no later than Dec. 19. Please feel free to provide supporting information. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Chip Alfred, Communications Director, Equality Forum at 215-732-3378 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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