All of us at Camp hope our readers and advertisers had a most festive holiday season and extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Three wonderful musical groups offered great holiday concerts last month. First the Heartland Men’s Chorus performed Fruitcake the weekend of Dec. 4-6. Then on Dec. 12-13, we were entertained by the Kansas City Women’s Chorus’ Bells Are Ringing concert and the Mid American Freedom Band’s Sounds of the Season. You can keep up with these musical groups on their websites: www.hmckc.org, kcwomenschorus.org and www.mafbmusic.org. In addition, we reported last month on the many LGBT-Welcoming Holiday Services at area congregations.
Now on to 2010 and surviving what have been some of the worst weather weeks in recent memory!
Kansas City Gay Pride
Rick Bumgardner, Kansas City Gay Pride president, is looking for participants in a new project called Tell Us Your Story Here’s his message:
“Your Pride organization, Show Me Pride, would like to hear from you if you have been a victim of a hate crime, know someone who has been the victim of a hate crime, or have been affected by a hate crime in some fashion (by being the caregiver, organization that provided shelter, etc.). The story could be a recounting of the event, the mental strife associated with such an event, the turnaround that happened after, the success of the victim to overcome … whatever you feel like sharing.
Won’t you tell us your story — anonymously, if you’d prefer — and mail it to:
Show Me Pride
1711 W. 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
We’ll tell your story in pictures at the Gay Pride festival this summer, exhibited for all our patrons to see, with your story beside the photos to keep our community aware that violence is still all around us even though we have a Hate Crimes Act being enforced nationwide now. Only when we continue to fight for human rights — everywhere — will we overcome and say we won’t allow it to happen in our community any longer.
We need your submission by March 1 to be considered for inclusion. If you have questions, please call Rick Bumgardner at 816-974-8436.”
Gay Pride (www.gaypridekc.com) has two events coming up in February: The Mr. and Miss Pride Pageant will be Feb. 4, and the King and Queen of Pride Pageant is Feb. 11. Each event will be held at 9 p.m. at Missie B’s, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.
The Missouri Gay Rodeo Association (www.mgra.us) has been hosting fundraisers for next year’s rodeo. The group also held a great benefit on Dec. 18 in honor of Miss Mae, a longtime rodeo volunteer and officer who passed away Oct. 5. Andrew Goodman returned from Las Vegas, bringing “Mandy Barbarell” out of retirement. He was joined by many other friends of the rodeo in a show that raised more than $2,500 for Passages, our LGBT youth group that Miss Mae held in high esteem. More events are planned for January.
January 24. MGRA Fundraiser at Tootsies. Entertainment will be from 7 to 9 p.m. See the 2010 MGRA Royalty Team in action, along with other entertainers.
January 30. MGRA
Executive Board meeting at Jack and Jim’s. 5 p.m. For info or directions, contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 31. MGRA Fundraiser at Bistro 303. A special dinner will be served, including wine with each course. Tickets for the 6 p.m. event will be available from MGRA members and at Bistro 303, 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. $75 per person.
Kansas City Cave Bears
Tom Hampton sent me a note to say that after careful consideration, the KCCB has selected a new home for its monthly events.
Starting this month, the KCCB’s new home will be Varieties, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
“After receiving feedback via surveys of our membership, it became clear that the organization was ready for change,” said Hampton, president of the group.
The club’s board of trustees ultimately selected a new home. The KCCB appreciates Daddy’s Backdoor’s hospitality over the last several years and appreciates their continued support of the Kansas City community.
The Kansas City Cave Bears is a not-for-profit organization serving the Bear community in the Kansas City metropolitan and surrounding areas. Established in 1994, the group was founded as a means to promote friendship and camaraderie for area gay men identifying as Bears, Cubs and their admirers.
All Kansas City Cave Bear events are open to club members, guests, friends, and admirers. Their monthly meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. at Varieties, beginning Jan. 16. The rest of the year’s meetings will be Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov.10 and Dec. 18. The dates are also posted at kccavebears.com and at campkc.com.
We published the entire schedule of the 2010 events for AIDS Walk (www.aidswalkkansascity.org) in the December issue of Camp. The group’s next event, the 2010 Kick-Off party, will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Flo’s Cabaret, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. That will be followed by the Walker Summit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Rep
This theater raised more than $13,000 for AIDS Walk with the help of theater patrons during the holiday season. It’s a great contribution from a great theater. The Rep will open Around the World in 80 Days on Jan. 22, and tickets are on sale now at www.kcrep.org.
Look for Paul Proffett Jr.’s cover story on Grey Gardens on page 9 of the January print issue as well as online at campkc.com. The show looks to be a winner! (www.unicorntheatre.org)
Broadway Across America
For anyone who is a Mel Brooks fan (and who isn’t?), Young Frankenstein is coming to Kansas City at the Music Hall on Feb. 16-21. (www.broadwayacrossamerica.com)
Willow Productions is bringing the talents of the very funny Kate Clinton to the Pierson Auditorium on the UMKC campus at 8 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats and $30 general admission (www.brownpapertickets.com). .
The Kansas City chapter of Human Rights Campaign is hosting a night of women’s bands at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17. Admission is $10, and more information can be found at www.hrc.org/herhrc.
Changes at PROMO
As many of you may know, Sarah M. Gillooly, regional field organizer for PROMO has moved on and accepted a new position at Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri as the Kansas lobbyist and public affairs manager. We’ll miss Sarah’s political activism for the LGBT community through PROMO, but it’s nice that she can lend her talents to another important local group. In a memo sent out to her contact list, Gillooly said, “PROMO plans to have my replacement in the position of Kansas City Regional Field Organizer in place by February 1, 2010.
In the interim, any e-mails sent to this e-mail address will be promptly attended to Stephanie Perkins, PROMO Springfield Regional Field Organizer. Similarly, voice mails left at the PROMO KC number will be returned by Stephanie. PROMO, our Board, and our Executive Director A.J. Bockelman are dedicated to a continuity of LGBT equality work in Kansas City. Thank you to each of you for supporting me during my tenure at PROMO and for your continued support of PROMO statewide. Ours is a work of love, and it has always been the love and dedication of our members and coalition partners that keeps PROMO active and successful!”
Sarah, we wish you great success and somehow think that we’ll still see you at the JC Nichols Fountain engaging in political activism for the LGBT community even if not officially representing PROMO!
Spirit of Hope MCC
The congregation is beginning a new series called “Faith” that begins Jan. 10. More information can be found at www.spiritofhopemcckc.org.
Stonewall Congregation Film Series
The group launched its new series of films related to the LGBT community earlier this month, and the next films are:
Jan. 10. Through My Eyes, a look into the lives of dozens of young gay Christians from across the United States and Canada. Viewers will hear their stories as they discuss their struggles to reconcile their faith and sexuality, their attempts to become straight, and the responses from parents and other Christians.
Jan. 24. Tying the Knot shows real-life struggles of same-sex couples fighting to obtain equal rights, exposing the myths and homophobia surrounding gay marriage through personal perspectives and candid commentary.
All films can be seen at the Norton Heights Community of Christ, 436 S. Norton Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The series is sponsored by Stonewall: An Open and Affirming Ministry of the Norton Heights congregation. All Stonewall services, which begin at 6 p.m., are open to the public, and there is no admission fee, though a free-will offering will be received to help defray expenses. A fuller description of these films is available at the ministry’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=173699353407&ref=mf.