CampBiz – March, 2009

Our statewide LGBT political organization in Missouri, PROMO, is holding its annual LGBT Lobby Day on March 25 in Jefferson City to remind legislators about basic protection and equality for the LGBT community. Registration is $15 ($5 for students). The registration deadline is March 23.

PROMO will be providing caravans or buses to assist supporters with travel. Caravans will start at three different locations — St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield — and go all the way to Jefferson City and should return home between 5:30 and 6 p.m. To participate, register at

PROMO’s Words of Love benefit held Feb. 22 at the Firefly Lounge in Westport was another great success with entertainment, great food and the wonderful Missy Koonce as emcee. Look for more photos in the April issue of Camp.
Kansas City Gay Pride
Pride’s kickoff event for the season, the Feb. 19 Royalty Court Pageant, was jam-packed. The group has much more in the works before the June 5-7 festival. If you’d like to be part of this year’s Pride, simply attend the meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. They are held upstairs in Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit
Heartland Men’s Chorus
“When words alone are not enough, we sing” is a theme for the Heartland Men’s Chorus concert on March 28 and 29. The performance, titled “And Justice for All,” will be at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.

The chorus’ website describes the concert this way: “The struggles of African Americans, women, gays and lesbians will come to life in HMC’s latest ‘musical documentary.’ In this moving and timely performance, we’ll explore the work that’s been done and the work still to do as our nation strives to provide justice and equality for all.” This is another must-see for the community, with ticket prices starting at only $15. Call 816-931-3338 or visit for tickets.

The chorus will also perform this concert in Oklahoma City as part of the American Choral Directors Association annual conference and will partner with the Folly Kids Series to present a special performance of “And Justice for All” on March 27 for middle and high school youth.
AIDS Walk began its 2009 fundraising with a kickoff party in January at the bar Natasha event space (see photos on page 13), and no, bar Natasha has not reopened. They still have the space for special events, and it’s still up for sale.

The next event will be the AIDS Walk Open Mini-Golf Pub Crawl on March 7. It begins at 10 a.m., and this year the number of bars is up to 12. They are in two areas of town: Downtown participants will be Flying Saucer, Willie’s, McFadden’s, Lucky Strike and Tengo Sed Cantina. Participating Midtown bars will be Missie B’s, OutABounds, Sidekicks, Bistro 303, McCoy’s, Beaumont Club, and Dark Horse. Buses will transport all on this pub crawl, which is $100 per team of 4, and it’s a great fundraiser with many sensational prizes.

There are several more events between now and the April 25 walk, including the Mosaic Project on April 3 and the Union Hill House Parties on April 17. In the Mosaic Project, local youth, artists and volunteers interpret the project’s theme by making glazed ceramic tiles — more than 1,000 of them. Tiles are available for purchase; all proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.

More events are planned after the walk. Find out more and register for the AIDS Walk Open or the walk itself at
Spirit of Hope MCC
The Rev. Kurt Krieger of Spirit of Hope MCC reports that Senior Pastor John Barbone, whose 27th anniversary is on March 15, will be retiring in October.

MCC will be hosting a series, Krieger says, on “Living Water: Living a Refreshed Life!”

“I wrote the material for the series,” he wrote, “and it includes a song written by our music minister that we’ll sing all of Lent. Our Worship Arts Department has created a water feature on our altar to help focus the theme.” Sunday worship is at 10:15 am and the Wednesday night study group is at 7 p.m.

Krieger also reports that the church’s AIDS Walk team will have 57 people — or more than one-fourth of its membership.

Other activities in the works are:
Dinner Variety Show at 6 p.m. on March 28. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25. The Italian dinner will be followed by a musical variety show. All monies collected will be turned in by the AIDS Walk team. (They recently raised $250 on a Sunday after-church bake sale.)

Bingo/Auction/Dinner, their bi-annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. on May 9. Krieger reports that this is one of the two major fundraisers the church does each year to support its ministry. The evening begins with a meal. Then, he said “Our lay pastors will be selling dessert pieces for about $2 each, with proceeds going to the Benevolence Fund. Then we stagger auction and bingo with cash prizes. It’s a lot of fun, and we usually raise $2,500 for our ministry.”
KC Pioneers
Janet Ryan of the KC Pioneers reports on this great social group for the leather/Levi lifestyle in Kansas City that has been serving the community since 1975. Its main purpose is to support local, regional and national leather groups and titleholders. They are now planning their biannual Trails’ End Run weekend for April 17-19.

The run draws people from all over the region. They will have open-bar cocktail parties, including a reception on a downtown rooftop; four meals, including a formal dinner; games; and a comedy show. The total package is a bargain at $100.

Ryan described the mission of the Pioneers in a press release: “As AIDS became a serious issue in our community, we added a fundraising component to our activities. While we wish we could give 100 percent of the money raised to charity, we must also find ways to fund our office, website and bi-annual Run. We have worked hard to keep the club a respected and vital resource of the Kansas City community.”

The Pioneers held a Community Appreciation Event last year on April 13, 2008 at Missie B’s and awarded the following grants: $200 for Mr. DB Brian H. $200 for Heart of America Leatherboy shane, $100 to International Rubber boy Duncan, $400 to KC Anti-Violence Project, $300 to Dr. Lee’s Southwest Boulevard Clinic.
Mandy’s Show at Sidekicks
Mandy Barbarell returns from Las Vegas and joins Onyx Diamante and Aillisa Phillips, who retired their drag acts last year. They report “The Bitches Are Back” and they’re coming out of retirement for a one-night-only fundraiser at 9:30 pm March 13 for Passages and Hope Care Center at Sidekicks. The girls will be joined by a host of entertainers, including Melinda Ryder, L’oreal, Kirk Nelson, Valari Knyte, Connie Carlisle, Summer Tryst, Dirty Dorothy, Tippy Wenslow, Kyla Breeze, Bonita Rae Rae, Chelsea McVeigh and more.
St. Patrick’s Day
The parade, which has moved from downtown to Broadway this year, begins at 11 a.m. at Linwood and Broadway and ends up on 43rd Street in Westport. Missie B’s has specials on Irish whiskey and Irish cream, along with the green beer. Sharp’s is celebrating its 16th anniversary that day with corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches and specials on Guinness and Jameson. Check out the Sharp’s Super Bowl Sunday pictures on page 16, where rodeo competitor Todd Tramp, who is now working there, helped patrons get in the football mood with greasepaint under the eyes. It was a festive crowd to say the least! The new remodeled Tootsies is opening at 9 a.m. and is open to 3 a.m. for any of the diehards who may choose to party early or late! Support your favorite watering hole, but please remember to have a designated driver or take the bus or a cab.
Men’s Personal Development Group
Chuck Franks, a personal life training coach featured in the Dec. 19 issue of Camp, is forming a Men’s Personal Development Group. He hopes to start the 10-week group in March. The cost will be $450.

The website says topics will be explored “within the framework of masculinity in today’s society.” Some of the issues addressed, it says, will be individual history, appearance, our emotional lives, sexuality and spirituality.

The workshop will be facilitated by Chuck Franks, M.A., professional certified coach, and David Donovan, Ph.D., psychologist /psychoanalyst.

The meetings will be at 7611 State Line Rd., Suite 319, Kansas City, Mo. 64114. For more information, call 816-885-2526 or visit:
Out & Equal Kansas City Metro Mixer
Come meet LGBT and allied employees and professionals from all over Kansas City. Whether your goal is to make new friends, find resources to promote workplace diversity or simply to unwind after work, the Metro Mixer is sure to have something for everyone.

They invite you to join them for free appetizers and happy hour drink prices. The mixer takes place from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m. on March 12 at OutaBounds, 3601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
KC Legal
The group hosted a great evening on Feb. 19 with guest speaker Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. In just barely a year since they formed this important LGBT legal group, they have held several events and will be participating in the April 3-4 Midwest LGBT Law Conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Look for my story on KC Legal coming up in the April issue of Camp, and check out the group’s website for more information:
Lesbian and Gay Community Center (LGCC)
Citywide Organization Meeting
The LGCC is holding its third annual LGBT Organization Meeting at 6 p.m. March 25 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo.

This is a great opportunity to present your organization and learn about others serving the LGBT community in greater Kansas City. Each organization will have time to briefly speak and may provide materials. In the past the room has been overflowing with people, and more than 40 organizations have been represented. The LGCC is asking participating groups to complete a form and return it by March 10 and to RSVP back that your organization will be represented at the March 25 event.

To receive a form or for more information, contact Mitch Levine at 816-931-6025 or, or visit

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