CampBiz – August, 2010

Much has been happening lately, including the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival, Fringe Festival, PrideFloat and, as we go to press, the Zoey Awards on July 30. Camp has been named Best Gay Publication at the last two Zoey Awards ceremonies. I’ll let you know next issue who wins this year’s Zoey Awards.

We’re celebrating our 100th issue anniversary with this August issue of Camp. We couldn’t have made it this far without our wonderful volunteer writers that we always list in our masthead on page 6, our great advertisers who help us pay the bills, and our gay bars and other distribution sites who generously host us even though their space is limited. Each issue’s deadline is met because of the hard work of our editor, graphic designer, photographers, delivery agent and our wonderful printer and their staff. Jim Gabel and I started Camp in 2004 not knowing whether or where we’d find writers and advertisers, but through this great community in Kansas City, it’s all been made possible. A big thanks to our charter salesperson, Mike Sugnet, who sold advertising for us and wrote his column, “Camping Out in Kansas City,” for the first few years. And thank you also, of course, to our very loyal readers.
Show-Me State Rodeo
The Pride festival may be over but the second-biggest LGBT social event of the year will take place over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-5, at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena, 22801 State Line Rd., in Cleveland, Mo. The Missouri Gay Rodeo Association puts on a great show of roping, riding, racing, goat-dressing and more. I was honored (as well as a little embarrassed) to ride around the arena last year as their Grand Marshal. This will be the second year that the rodeo has been at the Lone Wolf Ranch Arena. It’s a great venue, with indoor air-conditioned comfort, and both covered and open seating around the arena. The September issue of Camp will feature our annual MGRA Rodeo edition. For more information on the rodeo or to be a sponsor, visit If interested in advertising in this special issue, contact me at
Corroboree in the Park
SAVE Inc.’s annual fundraiser will be from, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 10. It has a new location this year: the City Market Park, between Third and Fourth Streets, west of the City Market Pavilion in Kansas City, Mo. (It is no longer at the zoo.) This is the 17th year for Corroboree, and this new venue should make for another great year, and it might make it more accessible. It’s a fun evening of dancing, great music, superb food and drink, and all of this to benefit SAVE Inc., which provides housing and housing assistance to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, go to or call 816-531-8340.
Gay Pride August Meeting
The first meeting to begin planning the 2011 festival will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 4, at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. This is your chance to voice your ideas and begin to think about volunteering for a committee to help Pride put on a great event next June, as well as other events throughout the year.
Two Lawyers Honored
The National LGBT Bar Association just announced the recipients of its inaugural Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award. In that group of notables are Kansas City’s own Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus, who is also director of pro bono services at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP and Lana Knedlik of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. The group says the honorees are: “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality.” For more information and a list of all 40 lawyers, visit
KC Legal
Lana Knedlik sent out an email about some of the activities our own LGBT legal group, KC Legal, is up to.

She reported that the group’s annual LGBT CLE has been rescheduled for Oct. 19. “I need help lining up speakers. We are especially interested in experts in military law to talk about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. If you would like to serve on a committee to help select and contact speakers or you have speakers in mind, please let me know.”

As part of the group’s partnership with the Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, Knedlik wrote, it is co-sponsoring a Back to School Breakfast and Distribution of School Supplies at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Operation Breakthrough, 3039 Troost Ave. “If you would like to be involved with that day’s activities, please contact Laura Tyler ( If you would like to provide financial support, please contact me, and I will give you the details about where to send a donation,” she wrote. Knedlik can be reached at

The Diverse Attorneys Picnic 2010 will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Holcom Park Shelter, 2700 W. 27th, Lawrence. The picnic/potluck is for attorneys and law students in Kansas and Missouri who have an interest in diversity.
For more information visit
Heartland Men’s Chorus
The group’s next big event is the annual Dinner of Note. The event marks the official start of HMC’s 25th anniversary season. The entertainer for this black-tie evening is Tony Award nominee and cabaret legend Ann Hampton Callaway. Tom Lancaster reports, “We’re doing something different this year — rather than bring in a guest artist to perform at the Dinner of Note, Ann will be doing a mini-concert with HMC before the dinner. So, single tickets for the concert only will be available for $20.”

The full event includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction, plus a swinging pre-dinner concert by Callaway and the men of HMC.

The event will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. The concert is at the Folly Theater; dinner is at the Muehlebach Tower.
Screenland Slams
On the last Thursday of every month, Screenland Crown Center turns local comedians loose on some of the worst films in history, and they rip each of them to shreds. The fun will be at 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., on the third floor. The next one is at 8 p.m. Aug. 26. and the film will be Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Slammers for Baby Jane are Daisy Buckët, Tom Lancaster and Nick Rigoli. Tickets are $10, and they are available at
Mark Your Calendars!
Castro Movie Nights
7 p.m. Aug. 19
Current film releases are screened the third Thursday of every month to raise funds for a rotating list of HIV/AIDS related charities. Screenland Armour, 408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, Mo.
Latino Gay Pride (Orgullo Latino)
2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11
Come celebrate Latino Pride with culture, dance, music, sport, food, drink and fun. Location to be determined. Contact Mario Canedo at to volunteer or reserve a table.
Oct. 10
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City ( sponsors its annual festival celebrating LGBT History Month and Coming Out Day. Event site not yet announced. Last year’s OutFest took place in Hyde Park (Gillham Road at 37th Street), Kansas City, Mo.
And That’s Not All!
For more fun stuff, check out Kansas City’s LGBT sports teams, performance, community service and social groups. Find them at the business directory.

All listings are for reader information only and are based on planned events as of publication deadline. Details are subject to change. Please contact event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

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