This is a packed issue of Camp, but I did want to squeeze in an abbreviated version of events listings. For expanded listings, you can go to campkc.com. Also, check out the calendar at LGCC-KC.org.
AIDS Walk. This is our annual AIDS Walk issue, and we hope you enjoy the stories of people involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The 23rd annual AIDS Walk Kansas City is April 24. But organizers also have many more activities planned all through April, including performances of Pride & Joy, the subject of our cover story on page 12. Check out www.aidswalkkansascity.org to see all of the events planned and to sign up for the walk.
This agency will have a table at AIDS Walk, along with many other organizations and businesses. The census has released a separate “Census 2010 LGBT Basics” flyer in its press kit. It states that: “Same-sex couples who have been legally married or consider themselves to be spouses should identify one person as a ‘husband’ or ‘wife.’ Other same-sex couples may be more comfortable using the term ‘unmarried partner.’ In general, this designation is designed to capture couples who are in a ‘close personal relationship’ and are not legally married or do not think of themselves as spouses.”
They go on to issue guidelines for transgender individuals. “Transgender individuals will be counted within the sex that they choose. But the Census Bureau will not be able to separately identify transgender respondents.” Census representatives have scheduled an event called “Talking Numbers: A Discussion of LGBT Communities and the 2010 Census” at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo.
Trail to a Cure.
Another chance to fight against HIV/AIDS is the second annual Trail To A Cure ride/walk/run on the Katy Trail in Rocheport, Mo., on May 1. The first event begins at 10 a.m., with registration earlier. There will be a post-event celebration at Les Bourgeois winery at 2 p.m. Register or find out more at www.aidstrailtoacure.org.
Show Me Pride Kansas City.
The Pride Festival is right around the corner — the weekend of June 5-7 — but there are many more events and opportunities to sign up in April and May before the festival. Become friends with Pride on Facebook, and check out their website at www.gaypridekc.com.
Spirit of Hope MCC.
Spaghetti Dinner and Auction, 6:30 p.m. April 10. Only $5 at the door, plus you might find a treasure or two in the auction. All Church Talent Show at Potters House, 6:15 p.m. April 17. No entrance fee. Enjoy great food, games, fun and entertainment. For more info, call MCCKC at 816-931-0750.
KC Pioneers 35th Anniversary Celebration.
KC Pioneers plans two nights of celebration, April 30 and May 1, including dinner, grants for the community and a pub crawl. The group supports the leather community and local organizations that assist those in need. Five organizations have been awarded $500 each: Passages, KC Anti-Violence Project, Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic, KC Free Health Clinic, and the Women’s Leather History Project of the Leather Archives and Museum.
A dinner open to all will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, upstairs at Missie B’s. Pioneers will be cooking for you at no cost; donations appreciated. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 28, to KCRedNorse@hotmail.com. Afterward, the party will move downstairs to the main stage with an awards presentation and a show at 10 p.m. At 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, will be the “notorious” Pioneers’ Pub Crawl, beginning at Missie B’s. Tickets are $15.