The St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Mo., offices of PROMO got together for an informal gathering of friends on April 9 for ï¿½Steppin Outï¿½ at Sharpï¿½s 63rd St. Grill. It was great seeing A.J. Bockelman, Claire Cook and Stephanie Perkins of the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield offices, as well as many of our other political friends. To keep up with what this great group is doing to fight for the rights of the LGBTQIA communities in Missouri, visit www.promoonline.org.
This issue of Camp is coming out the same weekend as the 23rd annual Kansas City AIDS Walk on April 30. Organizers hope to raise more than half a million dollars, between the walk and all of the other events preceding it. In fact, this yearï¿½s walk will include one more event in June. We applaud the efforts of all the fundraisers, walkers, steering committee members, board members and of course the walkï¿½s organizers, Michael Lintecum and Josh Strodtman. Congratulations once again to everyone in our community for standing steadfast in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Kansas City AIDS Walk.
AIDS Walk Party With a Purpose
4 p.m. June 18
Expect an evening of live entertainment, great food, silent auction, Renaissance Festival performers and more! Admission is $25 for adults. Kids are free. The event is held on the block of Holmes Street between 36th Street and Gleed Terrace in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo.
Show Me Pride had a very successful Skate Party at Skate World on April 17. I went to take photos, but not to skate, and I was so impressed at the quality of the rink, the music, and the skills of all the skaters. It looked like great fun, and Iï¿½d definitely recommend going to their next one when they schedule it. Afterward they continued the theme of Prom Night at The Fox Bar in Overland Park. 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, and Dress to Impress on May 20. The annual AIDS Quilt dinner will be held June 2 at Union Station.
Picnic with Pride and LGCCKC
The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of greater Kansas City is collaborating with Show Me Pride this year to host their annual spring picnic on Sunday, May 15, at Swope Park – Shelter # 7, in Kansas City, Mo. Entertainment will be provided by the Mid America Freedom Band. Grilled hot dogs, chips and soda will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert. More information is at www.lgcckc.org or www.gaypridekc.com
Missouri Gay Rodeo Associationï¿½s KC Stomp
Even though the annual Show Me State Rodeo is not until Labor Day, our friends at MGRA have been busy holding events and fundraisers around town all winter and beyond. One of their new events will be a country western dance workshop and competition on June 11 called KC Stomp. You can learn how to two-step, waltz and line dance, and all dancers are welcome.
June 11 ï¿½ workshop at 9 a.m., competition at 7 p.m.
June 10 ï¿½ 7 p.m. pre-registration at Sidekicks, along with their beer bust.
To register or for more information visit www.mgra.us or call 612-801-8838
KC Pioneers at International Mr. Leather
Janet Ryan of the KC Pioneers reports that the group is listed as a major donor of a new exhibit at the Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago. The opening of the Womenï¿½s Leather History Project of ï¿½A Room of Her Own,ï¿½ will be from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. May 27, as part of the events for International Mr. Leather weekend. For more information on the May 27-30 schedule of events at IML, visit www.imrl.com.
Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus Metro Retro Concert
The men of HMC are rehearsing as we speak for their June concert. This one will celebrate the 1980s and, in particular, 1986, ï¿½the year that gave birth to HMCï¿½ as they say on their website. ï¿½In addition to retro hits, youï¿½ll get a glimpse into what the future holds for the Chorus with stunning new choral works and a few special surprises. The concert will end with a party on the streets of downtown Kansas City, complete with desserts and a champagne toast to our next 25 years!ï¿½
8 p.m. June 11
4 p.m. June 12
300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Heartland Menï¿½s Chorus is also creating a video project. The Chorus would like any HMC fans who would like to participate on camera and explain why the Chorus is important to them and their community to send an email to at VoicesOfHMC@gmail.com. They will be reviewing the requests and getting back to people as they get closer to production of the video. For more information on the concert and video production, visit www.hmckc.org.
Midwest Alternative Family Alliance spring picnic
MAFA will be hosting their annual picnic at noon on Sunday, May 22, and they say it will be held rain or shine. The groupï¿½s Facebook page describes this event as ï¿½a time for LGBT families, those thinking about starting a family & allies that support us.ï¿½ Food will include hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. Participants are asked to bring a dessert and/or side dish for sharing. The organizers recommend also bringing chairs, blankets, toys and games. This event is free to MAFA members; non-members pay $5/person. Annual MAFA dues are $25/family. For information on attending the picnic or joining, visit www.kcmafa.org or on Facebook at KC Mafa.
UMKC establishes LGBTQIA scholarship
The University of Missouri ï¿½ Kansas City has announced a scholarship that ï¿½will recognize students whose efforts have helped advance equality and respect.ï¿½
This endowment will finance the creation of the universityï¿½s first LGBTQIA Scholarship. UMKC reports: ï¿½The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize and promote the tremendous impact that the dedication and service of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA) students have on our communities.ï¿½
The endowment fund will be used to provide scholarships to LGBTQIA students who meet these criteria:
ï¿½ Are full-time students;
ï¿½ Are enrolled in any undergraduate degree program at UMKC;
ï¿½ Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA;
ï¿½ Demonstrate support of the LGBTQI community, either on-campus or off-campus, through significant support, engagement, and/or volunteering.
Recipients of this scholarship will be eligible to reapply for consideration from year to year.
The scholarship was established with the support of UMKC alumnus Paolo Andino, star of Logo networkï¿½s Big Gay Sketch Show. ï¿½Through this scholarship, we highlight what one personï¿½s efforts in LGBTQIA can achieve, and also recognize that through singular accomplishments, we can change the world,ï¿½ said Andino.
Magnetic Valley Resort open for the season
This menï¿½s resort in Eureka Springs, Ark., is now open for its second season. Itï¿½s a great time to reserve a cabin or room. Owners Alvin Byrd and Charlie Thomas report that theyï¿½ve been busy over the last year making several improvements, including a new six-person hot tub, three-person dry sauna and a few other things. They also offer day passes for the pool for $12 weekdays and $15 on weekends. For more information, check out their website, www.magneticvalleyresort.com, or their Facebook page, ï¿½Magnetic Valley Resort,ï¿½ or call 888-210-8401.
PFLAGï¿½s May meeting
What could be better than our friends at PFLAG hosting their May meeting on Motherï¿½s Day, with a Motherï¿½s Day theme? The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. May 8 at their regular location ï¿½ Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kan. in Room 307 (enter the building through the southeast door). The meeting place is wheelchair-accessible.
Their newsletter states, ï¿½In place of a regular meeting we will have our annual Potluck luncheon. Bring a dish to share. Bring your family and plan to have a low key time to share with your PFLAG friends. There will not be a program.ï¿½
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pflagkc.org
John Koop and the Kansas City Freedom Festival
Since closing his bar and restaurant, Floï¿½s Cabaret, John Koopï¿½s been busy. Heï¿½s recently brought Flo back out to OutABounds bar several nights a week to perform with other entertainers from Floï¿½s Cabaret.
Koop has also taken on a role with the Kansas City Freedom Festival. Itï¿½s a new event, or sort of a resurrection of a previous event held years ago. The festival is July 29-31, and the location will be at Penn Valley Park. The website describes their purpose: ï¿½The Kansas City Freedom Festival at Penn Valley Park is a private, non-profit, non-political foundation. Our mission is to celebrate, teach, honor, and strengthen our great city. We seek to provide quality events which instill a deeper sense of pride for Kansas City in the hearts of those involved. Generous sponsors, local and state governments, and hundreds of volunteers work together to organize events for men, women, and children of all ages.ï¿½ For more information, visit www.kcfreedomfest.com.