This June/July issue of Camp will be a six-week issue. Look for our next issue in August. We’ll be using the time between issues to focus on revamping our website and finalizing our plans for 2011. (Yes, media buyers need to know what 2011 will bring by September or sooner!)
We’ve had more and more people signing up for the “Camp Kansas City” Facebook page. Be sure to become a fan if you haven’t already. As we mention on the photo pages in this issue, you can find additional photos on our Facebook page. We find ourselves at more events throughout the month than our print edition has room to feature — plus, we can make photos of events available to you shortly after they occur.
Be sure to check out Bradley Osborn’s listing of all the summer and early fall activities planned on page 8 of this issue. Here are some other events worth noting and other news.
Community Marketing Survey
Once again Camp is participating, along with other LGBT magazines nationwide, in a survey of marketing trends conducted by Community Marketing. It only takes about 10 minutes or less, and you can win prizes as well. The information will be shared with our local businesses and organizations, so it’s very valuable. You can also complete the survey by going to the Community Marketing LGBT Marketing survey banner at www.campkc.com or directly to www.lgbtsurvey.com. Please note that you must click the button for Camp magazine to begin your survey, and the survey will close June 30. Share the word with friends.
Aug. 3 Primaries
Both the KC Pride Democratic Club and Four Freedoms Democratic Club have issued their endorsements for the Aug. 3 primary. It’s important to give our voting support to these LGBT-supportive candidates. Find the lists at fourfreedoms.org and kcpridedemocrats.com. KC Pride Democratic Club is also hosting its sixth annual Wine and Cheese Gala on June 26.
In Kansas you can become part of the 11 state chapters of the Kansas Equality Coalition. Check them out at: kansasequalitycoalition.org.
Every fashionable house should wear a Jolie Justus for State Senate yard sign — I know my house is! To get one for your home, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Justus holds meetings open to the public at 9 a.m. every Friday at the Oak Street Coffee Shop, 6221 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo.
Many of you will remember the race that former Kansas City mayor Kay Barnes ran against Sam Graves in Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District a couple of years ago. The Graves camp ran a nasty campaign against Barnes including a video shown on YouTube that said she had “San Francisco values.” Although their campaign denied it, there were flyers printed and distributed in that general region using the great Gay Pride cover of Camp that Mayor Barnes posed for. There were also reports that Barnes endorsed gay marriage when she had never issued a statement, mainly because of her support for the LGBT community.
Now an openly gay man, Clint Hylton, is running in the Democratic primary on Aug. 3 for the Sixth Congressional District. If he wins, he would face Graves in the general election.
In his press releases, the Democrat’s campaign states: “Hylton, who raises horses and cattle on his small farm in Polo, is running to put a stop to corporate interests dominating politics. ‘Sam Graves, as an incumbent for a decade and career politician, cares more about D.C. values than the concerns of rural Missouri,’ Hylton stated. ‘I want to help put Missouri jobs first, not corporate executives. I want to protect our small farms, not big agriculture. And I want to lower gas prices and end our dependence on foreign oil, not receive money from Big Oil.’ ”
If you are in the Sixth District, lend your support to Hylton in this uphill battle.
There’s a lot going on at the Fringe this year, from July 23 to Aug. 1. We feature Thrill Me, directed by Jeff Church, on page 10 of this issue. It’s going to be a great play that will hopefully be extended into August. Check out all the other events of the Fringe Festival on their website: kcfringe.org.
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival
We feature the film festival on the cover of this issue of Camp. Jamie Rich does a phenomenal job of putting this annual festival together. Be sure not to miss it!
Rich offers these highlights: New films starring James Franco and Joan Rivers will open the 2010 Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival coming June 25-July 1 to the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport. Franco delivers a soaring performance in Howl as gay poet Allen Ginsberg, whose epic poem and public trial sparked a literary revolution, while Rivers is profiled in an irreverent, gloves-off exposé, A Piece of Work.
Other highlights for the 11th annual event include the hilarious cult hit Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, the international award-winners Undertow and I Killed My Mother, along with the Midwest premieres of Violet Tendencies with Mindy Cohn (Natalie from TV’s The Facts of Life), the you-are-there style documentary Stonewall Uprising, and a work-in-progress screening of You Should Meet My Son, a new, screwball comedy in the spirit of Sordid Lives.
For more detailed descriptions of each film, the complete schedule and film previews, and to order tickets online, visit www.KCGayFilmFest.com.
2010 Schedule At-a-Glance
Thursday, June 24 – Free Preview Night Event
6:30 p.m. Festival Ticket Pick-Up Reception
7:30 p.m. Fishtank Performance
Group Presentation of “Howl”
Friday, June 25
6:45 p.m. Howl
9 p.m. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Saturday, June 26
4:45 p.m. Light Gradient
8:30 p.m. Is It Just Me?
Sunday, June 27
4:45 p.m. I Killed My Mother
6:45 p.m. The Owls
8:30 p.m. The People I’ve Slept With
Monday, June 28
5:45 p.m. Stonewall Uprising
7:45 p.m. Undertow
Tuesday, June 29
5:45 p.m. Mississippi Queen
7:45 p.m. You Should Meet My Son
Wednesday, June 30
5:45 p.m. Young Bucks
7:45 p.m. Purple Sea
Thursday, July 1
6:00 p.m. Out Here Now Short
7:30 p.m. Violet Tendencie
Changes at UMKC
Luke Gorham, the interim coordinator for LGBTQIA programs at UMKC has announced he will be leaving this post at the beginning of July. We’ll keep you posted on his successor. We thank Luke for his great work filling in after David L. Greene’s departure last year and wish him well. Here’s Luke’s message:
“I just wanted to pass along that my last day as Interim Coordinator will be around the first of July. Until then, I will be working diligently to make sure that I tie up any loose ends and get things ready for the new coordinator. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need information from me prior to my departure. Thank you for giving me such an incredible experience and I wish the best for you all. If you have questions or need assistance after the new person arrives (July 6th, I believe) you can still email email@example.com or call 816-235-5590. We won’t be SLO any longer. The Office of Student Life will be the Office of Student Involvement once we move to the new Student Union in August 2010!”
For more information: Facebook: UMKC LGBTQIA Resource Center. www.umkc.edu/lgbt
The annual Pridefloat camping and canoeing trip will be July 22-26. It’s has been sold out since May, with 430 registered floaters. The buzz on Facebook is that people going again this year cannot wait. If you’re interested in going next year, check out their website at pridefloat.org.