CampBiz – September, 2009

Deadline for the October issue for CampBiz press releases, calendar items and advertising is Sept. 23. The issue will be out Oct. 2. For information on deadlines for future issues, please call John Long at 816-221-0199 or email
Freedom to Serve Forum
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Mo., partnered July 27 to present the Freedom to Serve Forum (see photos on page 10 in the September issue of Camp). The event honored the 61st anniversary of Truman’s signing of Executive Order 9981, which ended racial segregation in the armed forces. Four panels ran consecutively on these topics: “The History of Racial Discrimination in the Military,” “The History of Women in the Armed Forces,” “Diversity in Allied Nations’ Armed Forces,” and “The State of Diversity in the U.S. Military – Remaining Challenges.”

Panelists also discussed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and how it undermines military readiness. Panelists included retired Army Maj. Gen. Vance Coleman, retired Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, retired Navy Cmdr. Zoe Dunning and SLDN’s executive director, Aubrey Sarvis.

The panel was moderated by Juan Williams, commentator for National Public Radio and Fox News. Special guests included Clifton Daniel Truman (grandson of President Truman) and his daughter Aimee Daniel (great-granddaughter of President Truman.) During the morning presentation Aimee Daniel, who is a lesbian, spoke eloquently from her personal experience. Here is the official transcript of what she said, provided to us by SLDN:

Hello. I’m Aimee Daniel. I’m the great-granddaughter of Harry Truman. Every time that my friends or my acquaintances find out that I’m Harry Truman’s great-granddaughter, they always ask the same question of me: Oh, my God, what’s that like? And my response is usually, well, I never really noticed any different. It doesn’t affect me either way, but it’s definitely something to be proud of. Hold on. I can honestly say the way I do view my great-grandfather is as a very good person who did great things, but when he did these great things, he didn’t do them because he thought they were great. He did them because he thought they were right. He believed that every person should have the same rights as everyone else, and that every person, no matter how different they were, no matter where they came from, no matter what their background was, that they could become something great.

Now, I am not a speaker, for those of you who probably can now tell, and I usually try to avoid speaking as often as possible. But when my father mentioned what this was for, I asked to be a part of it because it is something very close to my heart.

I am not only the great granddaughter of Harry Truman. I am also a gay American, and because of this, I believe that everyone should have the same rights as everyone else. I believe that — I am proud to be Harry Truman’s great-granddaughter. I am proud to be a gay American and I am proud to be an American, and if I would stand for my country at any point in time, I would fight for my family, for my life and my country, and I don’t think that my sexuality, my religion or anything else should have anything to do with that besides the pride and the love I have for this country. …
Voices of Honor: A Generation Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
In this unrelated event a few weeks later, on Aug. 18, the Human Rights Campaign and the Servicemembers United organization hosted an evening panel at the Plaza library. It was a small event with three speakers who were former members of the armed forces — Jarrod Chlapowski, Alex Nicholson and Robert Taylor.
Sprit of Hope MCC marks pastor’s retirement
The Rev. John Barbone, MCC’s beloved pastor, will be retiring from this congregation in September.

“Barbone has been pastor of Spirit of Hope MCC for the last 27 years, the second-longest pastorate in the denomination of Metropolitan Community Churches,” said the Rev. Kurt Krieger in an article he wrote in the May 2009 Gay Pride issue of Camp. (Read more at: Spirit of Hope MCC )

Three events will celebrate Barbone’s retirement and the installation of Krieger as senior pastor. For more information on all events, visit or call 816-931-0750.

Here’s the schedule:
• Retirement reception for the Rev. John Barbone. 4-6 p.m. Sept. 19, Californos, 4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo.
• Retirement gala for the Rev. John Barbone. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets are $45 in advance. Call 816-931-0750 to purchase.
• Installation of the Rev. Kurt Krieger. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 20. A reception will follow the worship service. Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo.
Castro Movie Nights
The movie-watching group had a successful August event, which raised money for the Good Samaritan Project. This group has its movie night on the third Thursday of every month at the Screenland Armour movie theater in North Kansas City is their September evening benefit for SAVE Inc. It’s not just a movie — it’s also a social event because the Screenland has a full bar. Look for Castro Movie Nights on Facebook, where you can sign up for updates. And you can make a night of it by going to the Human Rights Campaign monthly Third Thursdays mixer at Flo’s Cabaret earlier that evening.
Kansas City Rep’s Laramie Project
Writers from Tectonic Theatre Project are in town putting the final touches on The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later with Moises Kaufman. The Rep will do a workshop presentation of the show on Oct. 12 as will 100 other theaters around the country. Look for more information in the October issue of Camp, or join the Kansas City Repertory’s Facebook page to get frequent updates.

The Rep will also begin the new season with Into the Woods, opening Sept. 13. Directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman and featuring music by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, this will be another winner from the Rep. Season passes are on sale now, beginning at only $87, and the first Sunday of every show is LGBT Night at the Rep, with a pre-show reception. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
More events in September and October

MGRA Show Me Pride Rodeo – Sept. 4-6. See special guide in this issue.

Corroboree 16, a benefit for SAVE Inc., 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Kansas City Zoo. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.,

AIDS Bicycle Challenge. Sept. 12. You can still register online with early bird discounts or the day of the ride. (See story in the August issue of Camp or read online at
AIDS Bicycle Challenge .

Latino Pride. Sept. 12. (See the article on page 5 of this issue.)

LGCCKC Health and Fitness Event. 2-4 p.m. Sept. 13, Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. Topics include yoga, massage, weightlifting and more.

Bowl a Strike Against Violence Happy Hour for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 24. Mint Ultra Lounge, 334 E. 31 St. Drink specials, raffle items and more. This is a prelude to the Oct. 24 KCAVP Costume Bowling fundraiser. For more information, visit

Heartland Men’s Chorus Dinner of Note “Cruise the High Seas!” 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3, Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, Mo. This is a fabulous evening of entertainment, silent auction, dinner and drinks. Creative black tie is encouraged. Individual tickets and table purchases can be made at

OutFest (formerly Out in Westport). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18, Gillham Park, Kansas City, Mo. Details at

Holly Near with Emma’s Revolution in Concert. 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. Tickets $20 in advance and $24 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at

UMKC National Coming Out Day events. This year they’re bringing back Esera Tuaolo, former NFL star and openly gay singer and speaker. Look for more details in the October issue of Camp. October has many events lined up for National Coming Out Day, National Coming Out Month and of course, Halloween. The October issue of Camp will feature more details. Let us know if you’re planning any events in October.

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