All of us at Camp wish our readers and advertisers a happy and prosperous New Year. Seeing the repeal of Donï¿½t Ask, Donï¿½t Tell was a great way to end 2010, and we can only hope that we will continue to see strides in the advancement of equality in the coming years.
Many of our local businesses and bars give back to the community over the holidays. Hereï¿½s information on how just a couple of these efforts turned out.
Missie Bï¿½s Angel Tree Fund
The annual fundraising at Missie Bï¿½s kicked off on Thanksgiving night with the annual Bartenderï¿½s Revue and continued through their shows during the holiday season. Jan Allen, manager at Missie Bï¿½s, tells me they raised about $2,000 and bought gifts for 30 children at Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care. They also received a $1,000 check, which went to Good Samaritan Project for their Childrenï¿½s Christmas Party.
Barbies Toy Drive
The Kansas City Barbies softball team held its 3rd annual toy drive on Dec. 21 at Hamburger Maryï¿½s with bingo and a holiday show hosted by Melinda Ryder. It featured such entertainers as Loreal and, the cast of The Girlie Show. Terri Goddard reports that they received 562 toys at the drive and raised $280 in donations, which they used to buy toys for the children of ReStart.
AIDS Walk Open
AIDS Walk is geared up for its walk on April 30, 2011, and for its many fundraisers before the walk. The AIDS Walk Open Golf Tourney has been one of the most successful events, and this pub crawl will be Saturday, March 5, 2011. Itï¿½s a great event, with many golf teams creating their own costumes, and there are fantastic prizes for the winning teams. Registration will be open by Thursday, Jan. 27, at www.aidswalkopen.org.
Daisy BuckÃ«t Calendar
Spencer Brown has been starring as Trampolina in a Kinsey Sicks holiday revue of Oy Vey in a Manger in Washington, D.C., through Jan. 2. He took some time to send me information about his annual fundraising calendar for AIDS Walk:
ï¿½Daisy BuckÃ«tï¿½s AIDS Walk team is already getting a jump on raising money for the annual spring event. Collaborating with Vixen Pin-Up Photography, Daisy has created a fantastic 2011 Queens of Kansas City wall calendar, featuring local female impersonators. Measuring 10×10, this $20 calendar also includes fun dates, including the upcoming Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus concert, Gay Pride, and major holidays (Judy Garlandï¿½s birthday, Prince Williamï¿½s wedding, Oprahï¿½s final show…).ï¿½
The calendar also includes information on local HIV/AIDS organizations such as Good Samaritan Project, SAVE Inc. and Hope Care Center. The queens featured in the calendar include Genewa Stanwyck, Tajma Stetson, Mrs. Jones, and Ron Megee (of the Unicornï¿½s recent production of A Very Joan Crawford Christmas). All of the proceeds benefit local HIV/AIDS organizations. You can preview the calendar and place your orders at www.missdaisybucket.com.
Family Bicyclesï¿½ New Location and Calendar
Speaking of calendars, Elizabeth Bejan of Family Bicycles reports that they have a great new calendar featuring female cyclists of Kansas City and that the store is now moving just a couple of blocks south on Wornall Avenue. The calendar is called KC Cyclists & Their Little Black Dresses. Bejan says, ï¿½Come and find us at 7410 Wornall Rd. We are moving but can always take a break to sell a calendar!ï¿½ Calendars are $20, and $10 of each sale benefits Revolve Inc.
Erika Jayne at VooDoo Lounge
Brian Prince reports that the international entertainer Erika Jayne, with special guest Kaci Battaglia and DJ producer/mixer Mike Rizzo and Jerry Griffith will be coming Feb. 3 to the VooDoo Lounge at Harrahï¿½s Casino. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster, and it should be a great evening.
ï¿½Come OUT for Manhattanï¿½
Jonathan Mertz, chair of the Flint Hills Human Rights Project (FHHRP), sent us information on an important ordinance up for a vote: ï¿½On Tuesday, January 18, the city commission of Manhattan will be voting to amend the city's human rights ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity. Should the ordinance pass, Manhattan will become only the second municipality in Kansas to protect an individual because of their sexual orientation and the first to include gender identity.ï¿½
Leading up to the vote, FHHRP is inviting everyone to ï¿½Come OUT for Manhattan.ï¿½ Starting Jan. 14, the Friday before the vote, supporters of equal protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity are encouraged to come to Manhattan to say thank you and show their support for the ordinance. FHHRP has created ï¿½Iï¿½m OUT for Manhattanï¿½ cards to hand out to businesses.
ï¿½We are having this event because the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce issued a statement against the ordinance. They have been led to believe that ensuring rights of members of the LGBT community will be bad for business,ï¿½ Mertz said. ï¿½We need to show them this is not the case. To do this, we need support from everyone, particularly people from out of town. They need to see that equal rights is good business that their customers support. Itï¿½s a great excuse for everyone, from K-State grads and people who have never been to Manhattan, to visit the city.ï¿½
Visitors are asked to come to Manhattan, have lunch or dinner, do some shopping and have some fun. ï¿½We want every type of business to receive cards of support. If someone fills their tank with gas, run inside and give the attendant a card. If they go to the zoo, give a card when they buy admission. If they visit the Beech Museum, give a card to the docent,ï¿½ Mertz said.
The ï¿½Coming OUTï¿½ cards and more information are available online at the FHHRP page on Facebook.
Business Owner Gets National Award
Dan Nilsen, founder and CEO of the Kansas City-based Bishop-McCann Agency, recently received the national 2010 National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce /Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award.
We received word in December that he is in the process of forming a Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as an affiliate of the NGLCC. The press release reports, ï¿½He is currently developing an advisory board that will guide the official formation of the Midwest affiliate. The NGLCC represents the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT-owned businesses in the United States and is the umbrella organization for 61 state, local, and international LGBT chambers of commerce and business organizations.ï¿½
Nilsen reports that this Midwest affiliate will serve a five-state area that in addition to Kansas City, Mo., will serve Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma. St. Louis already has a business group called the St. Louis Business Guild that works with the NGLCC, but is not an affiliate.
The press report goes on to say: ï¿½The Midwest affiliate is envisioned as a business development resource, providing tools, bridging business relationships, increasing awareness of regional NGLCC supportive businesses and mentoring future young gay and lesbian professionals. Nilsen plans for the Midwest affiliate to occupy space in the Bishop-McCann building in downtown Kansas City that he recently acquired and renovated. He plans to announce the board, corporate partners and involvement opportunities in January.ï¿½
Kansas City Deaf HH Gay Social Group
The group has a new location for their monthly meetings: It now meets from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at Hamburger Maryï¿½s, 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing gays who know or are learning sign language are invited to this social. The group has been meeting for five years and averages six to 12 people at monthly meetings. They say that the group is diverse and that ages range from 21 to 60 years old. Hearing gay people are invited if they know or want to learn sign language. For more information, contact: KChhguy@aol.com
Fishtank Serves Up Celebrities With Snark
This issue of Camp prints the same week as this great show, but just in case you see this in time, there will be a great performance on Jan. 7 at The Fishtank.
The Fishtank Performance Studio presents Eat Their Words: Sex, Marriage, and Sometimes Love, drawn from the books of the famous and infamous, at 9 p.m. Jan. 7. Admission is $5 to $15 at the door, with limited seating.
Their press release reports: ï¿½Offensive adult language is guaranteed in this edition of Eat Their Words, with a menu of misadventures ranging from porn stars Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson to Ivana Trumpï¿½s parenting advice. This spoken-word event includes David Hasselhoffï¿½s and Diana Rossï¿½ performance anxiety, shopping suggestions from Star Jones, the secrets of Celine Dion, and a look at the four-sided triangle that rocked mid-20th century America: Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton, with special commentary from Carrie Fisher. Even Tiger Woodsï¿½ special techniques will be exposed!ï¿½
The crew of comedic performers includes Bess Wallerstein, David Wayne Reed, Mark Manning, Andrew Chambers, Janet Henry, Jeremy Lillig, Peter Bakely, Gail Bronfman Bunch, and Philip blue owl Hooser. Hooser curates the performance, as he did with the original run of Eat Their Words performances at the now-closed Out There.
Eat Their Words: Sex, Marriage, and Sometimes Love will be at The Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Mo. Admission is $5 at the door.
Fortitude in Fort Lauderdale
We received a press release about a new party weekend in Florida this February. Hereï¿½s the information, just in case anyone is looking for a good excuse to get away somewhere warmer this winter!
ï¿½Fortitude is a new GLBT benefit weekend featuring over 12 events throughout Fort Lauderdale during Presidents Day Weekend 2011 (Feb. 17 -21). Fortitude includes a film festival, comedy night, live concert, womenï¿½s and menï¿½s pool parties, sunset cocktails, brunch, and nightclub/bar events.ï¿½
Two of the signature events will be the comedy night and the live concert. The Saturday, Feb. 19, comedy night at the historic Parker Playhouse will feature Judy Gold, Alec Mapa and Julie Goldman. Gold is a two-time Emmy Award winner for her work on the Rosie Oï¿½Donnell Show and a GLAAD Award winner. She has delighted audiences with her critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Mapaï¿½s one-man show, I Remember Mapa, won the L.A. Weekly award for Best Solo Show. He is better known, though, as the catty series regular Suzuki St. Pierre in Ugly Betty. Goldman is an award-winning comedian in her third season on Logoï¿½s Big Gay Sketch Show and appears on Comedy Central with her featured stand-up Live at Gotham.
The Sunday concert featuring Taylor Dayne, Martha Wash, and special guests will be at the recently renovated War Memorial Auditorium. Wash, the powerhouse vocalist behind C+C Music Factoryï¿½s classic ï¿½Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),ï¿½ has had many additional number-one hits. Dayne, a three-time Grammy award nominee, has had 17 top-10 hits and has sold more than 75 million albums and singles.
The release states: ï¿½All of the funds from Fortitude Weekend are being directed to several charities. amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is the main national beneficiary, while the Pride Center and the Fort Lauderdale-Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals are two of the local charities. The Pride Center is also coordinating the large volunteer effort to help produce Fortitude Weekend.ï¿½
For tickets and more information, visit www.FORTITUDEweekend.com. Weekend passes with up to 50 percent discounts are available now for a limited time.
Film About Kansas Cityï¿½s LGBT Teens to Debut
KCLOVE, a new film that highlights how LGBT teens in Kansas City experience and overcome violence and harassment will premiere at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Tivoli Theatre, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
Jessica Farmer, outreach and education coordinator for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, wrote to say: ï¿½KCLOVE exists to increase awareness of issues of violence for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Kansas City and provide resources for victims of violence. For the last six months, this group of teen leaders has been working with filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans on a short documentary film project to tell their stories. The screening is free and open to the public. Youth who attend will receive free KCLOVE T-shirts. Copies of the film will be available at no charge.ï¿½
Padgett Productionsï¿½ New Season
Nick Padgett of Padgett Productions tells me theyï¿½ve got great plans for their fifth anniversary season with productions of the hit Broadway musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Chicago, which will star Sally Struthers as Matron ï¿½Mamaï¿½ Morton; Richard Oï¿½Brienï¿½s Rocky Horror Show and The Full Monty. The plays are shown on the stage at the H&R Block City Stage in the lower level of Union Station. Tickets can be purchased online at www.unionstation.org.