Unity launches online LGBT resources
For the first time in its 120-year history, Unity is offering spiritual resources specifically targeted to LGBT persons and their families and friends. Paula Coppel, Unity vice president of communications and publishing, announced the new online LGBT resource center (www.unity.org/lgbt) in an email last month to Unity ministers and spiritual leaders.
ï¿½We want to reach out to the LGBT community to let them know that we at Unity recognize and honor the inherent worth in all people. We welcome their participation and involvement in our movement and hope they will find spiritual resources of value here,ï¿½ Coppel said.
The resource center includes articles, podcasts and videos from ministers, teachers and writers inside and outside the movement. ï¿½We also plan to list Unity churches and centers that support LGBTs. Weï¿½re asking ministers to provide information about their LGBT social groups or other activities so that we can make them available on the site,ï¿½ Coppel said.
ï¿½Itï¿½s an amazing time for me,ï¿½ said Unity new media services manager Terry Newell. ï¿½Iï¿½ve worked at Unity nine years, and this is the first time we have really stepped out in a public way to say who we are.ï¿½ Newell, a longtime gay rights activist, added that Unity will sponsor an informational table at the 2011 Kansas City AIDS Walk.
Unityï¿½s Liberation 2011 retreat
Unity is hosting an LGBT weekend retreat April 7-10 at Unity Village. It will feature gay spiritual leader and Chicago author/activist Mark Anthony Lord along with openly gay acclaimed musician and Tony award-winner Levi Kreis, with a theme of ï¿½Liberation 2011: Nothinï¿½ Broken Here!.ï¿½ Their website states that Liberation 2011 is about:
The price is $299. Accommodations are priced separately. Registration: 1-866-34-UNITY (1-866-348-6489) or 816-251-3540. For more information visit www.unity.org/lgbt (click on the ï¿½Liberationï¿½ righthand graphic). Unity Village, the world headquarters of Unity, is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Leeï¿½s Summit, Mo.
For more information visit: www.unity.org.
AIDS Walk is gearing up for the annual walk on April 30. Weï¿½re proud to dedicate this April print edition, as we do each year, to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The organizers, steering committee and volunteers of both AIDS Walk Kansas City and the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City have been quite busy with many events leading up to the walk. Last month alone, they held the AIDS Walk Open on March 5, raising over $23,000, and the 20 for 20 Fashion Show on March 26, which also raised lots of money. Both events were great successes.
This yearï¿½s Mosaic Art Project is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Art Lobby of the Chair Building, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
The main event, AIDS Walk 2011, will be Saturday, April 30. Registration is at 8 a.m., and welcoming ceremonies are at 9 a.m. The walk itself begins at 10 a.m. in Theis Park, Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard and Oak Street, Kansas City, Mo.
After AIDS Walk, mark your calendars for these events:
Union Hill House Parties
Friday, May 20, 6 p.m. to midnight
Participating Union Hill homes, Kansas City, Mo.
Party with a Purpose:
Saturday, June 18, 4 to 8 p.m.
Holmes Street between 36th Street and Gleed Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.
For more information on these and other events, visit www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Dining Out for Life
Another fundraiser for HIV/AIDS services in greater Kansas City is Good Samaritan Projectï¿½s ï¿½Dining Out For Lifeï¿½ on April 28. Participating restaurants will donate 25 percent of customersï¿½ bills to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. For a list of these restaurants, visit: www.diningoutforlife.com/kansascity. An after-party will be hosted by the Czar Bar, 1531 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., with drink specials also benefiting this fundraiser.
Welcoming Congregations and Easter
Kansas City has many welcoming congregations, and Iï¿½m sure most people have their favorites. The Rev. Kurt Krieger and Spirit of Hope MCC will offer a week of Lenten services, with events on April 17, 20 and 22 and Easter services on April 24. www.spiritofhopemcckc.org.
The Rev. Donna Simon tells us that her Abiding Peace Church has joined with St. Markï¿½s in Kansas City for the St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church. They hold services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 3800 Troost. www.stmarkhopeandpeace.org.
Steppinï¿½ Out for PROMO
Come join PROMO for its next Kansas City event from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 9 at Sharpï¿½s Grill, 128 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo. It will feature live entertainment and food, friends and fun. Tickets are $35/individual and $60/couple. Each ticket includes one complimentary beverage. Order your tickets online at www.PROMOonline.org or call Claire at 816-931-2300.
Mid America Freedom Band concert
The Mid America Freedom Band will perform its spring concert, ï¿½Road Trip,ï¿½ at 7:30 p.m. April 9. The best part is that itï¿½s free! Mark your calendars and come out for this always-spirited group of musicians. The concert will be at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.mafbmusic.org.
Pioneers Trail Run
Another event to mark on your calendars and perhaps invite your out-of-town friends to is the Kansas City Pioneers annual Trailï¿½s End Weekend, which will be April 8-10. This yearï¿½s theme is ï¿½XXXVI: Grease Weekend.ï¿½ Itï¿½s always a great time and goes back to bars like the Dixie Belle, DB Warehouse, Missie Bï¿½s and others. For more information on this yearï¿½s event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page for KC Pioneers.
ï¿½Stonewall Uprisingï¿½ film
The PBS show American Experience will be premiering The Stonewall Uprising at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25. In Kansas City, that would be KCPT. Check the channel listings for the PBS affiliate in your city. The film had a free screening at the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City on March 28.
Miss Missouri Pageant
The Kansas City entertainer Loreal recently won the Miss City of Fountains Pageant in Kansas City and has qualified for the upcoming Miss Gay Missouri Pageant in Columbia. Loreal reports on her Facebook page that, ï¿½This has been a dream of mine to accomplish for over 20 years. I had deferred this dream for the last 10 years and am happy I made the first step towards my goal. Although I am grateful for winning my first pageant in years, my real goal has been, since I started drag, to become Miss Gay Missouri and thus qualify for the Miss Gay America Pageant.ï¿½
A benefit show from 8 to 10 p.m. on April 15 at Sidekicks, 3707 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., will raise money for Loreal to compete in this pageant. Lorealï¿½s Facebook page for this event is under the title ï¿½Benefit Show to Send Loreal to Miss Gay Missouri.ï¿½
The Miss Gay Missouri Pageant will be held April 28-30 at the Soco Club, 128 E. Nifong Place, Columbia, Mo. Preliminaries are April 28-29 and the finals on April 30. Each nightï¿½s events begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.mgmpageantry.com.
Missie Bï¿½s 17th anniversary
The venerable bar owned by our beloved businessman and community supporter Michael Burnes is celebrating its 17th anniversary on April 15, 16 and 17. Itï¿½s going to be a fabulous party. The bar will be packed, so come in early. Missie Bï¿½s has great evenings throughout the week like The Dirty Dorothy Show, The Girlie Show, The Renica Just Renica Dirty Game Show and in addition to shows in the downstairs bars, dance nights in the upstairs bar. Renicaï¿½s Dirty Game Show and Show Me Pride are offering a chance to win two staterooms on the RSVP Mediterranean Gay Sea cruise that sails July 9 from Barcelona, Spain. The drawings will be held during Renicaï¿½s shows on April 6, May 4, June 1, June 3 & 4 and June 5 at the Show Me Pride Festival. There will also be a last chance drawing at Missie Bï¿½s on June 5 after the festival concludes. There is a $10 donation for raffle tickets.
Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus
The ï¿½MisBehavinï¿½ concert with featured guest Marilyn Maye on March 26 & 27 was a sellout. Accolades were everywhere on Facebook, and the chorus and Maye received great reviews. Congratulations to them all. The next concert for the chorus will be ï¿½Metro Retro ï¿½ Taking the ï¿½80s to the Streetsï¿½ on June 11 and 12 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. This will no doubt be another sold-out concert, so order your tickets today at www.hmckc.org.
Melinda Ryder and Animal Haven benefit
On April 8, Melinda Ryder and Kurt Nelson are bringing their talents to the Marquee Lounge for ï¿½A Night at the Cabaret,ï¿½ a benefit for the Animal Haven rescue group. Besides Ryder and Nelson, entertainers include Dirty Dorothy, Loreal, Flo, Lil White, Sophia Sirrah, Valerie Knyte, Iman Mykals, Connie Carlisle, and Roz Ryan. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 8 p.m. The AMC Mainstreet Theatre is at 1400 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. To purchase tickets, visit www.animalhavenkc.org.
Against All Odds Animal Rescue
Sharpï¿½s Grill, 128 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo., is also doing a benefit for animal rescue groups. It will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 23. The event will include a raffle/auction, beer bust, entertainment and more. The money raised will support the Against All Odds Animal Rescue (www.againstalloddsanimalresq.org).
Show Me Pride had a very successful Skate Party in February and theyï¿½re planning their next one at Skate World on April 17. They hope to have an event afterward at the Fox bar in Overland Park, as they did for the February event. Theyï¿½re planning their events in May and June leading up to Pride and they currently have Reunite the Rainbow at Sidekicks AND Show Me Pride/LGCCKC picnic on May 15; Royalty Court on May 19, Dress to Impress on May 20. The annual AIDS Quilt dinner will be held at Union Station.
Friday night, June 3, will once again be Power the Light with Pride at the Power & Light District. From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, will be a street festival at the Power & Light with free admission. At noon Sunday, June 5, will be a march or parade, winding up in the ï¿½Living Roomï¿½ area of the Power & Light, and the street festival will continue all afternoon. National acts will perform on the main stage beginning at 6 p.m. For more information visit www.gaypridekc.com.