MGRA Show Me State Rodeo
Mark your calendars now for the community’s biggest party since Kansas City Pride. The Missouri Gay Rodeo Association is hosting the 25th anniversary of their annual Show Me State Rodeo over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, at the Lone Wolf Arena in Cleveland, Mo. The location may sound a bit exotic for those living in midtown Kansas City, but it’s actually only about a half-hour drive south of the metro in a great environment, with both indoor and outdoor arena space and an air-conditioned lounge and dining area. It’s a great weekend and as always, the beneficiary is Kansas City Passages for LGBT youth. For more information, visit www.mgra.us. The September issue of Camp will be a special Gay Rodeo edition with schedules, history, maps and more.
‘Xanadu’ at Starlight
For all of you fans of roller-skating boys and girls in short shorts, the Broadway musical Xanadu — a musical spoof of the movie — is coming to the Starlight Theatre Aug. 15-21. They’re having some great promotions in conjunction with the play, with a theme of “OUT and ABOUT Town.”
Camp is helping promote one of the events, called OUT and ABOUT at Starlight, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 Visit kcstarlight.com/promo and use the promo code OUT, then click on “Xanadu Wednesday Evening.” Join Camp and Starlight for a GLAM Night Under the Stars! For $30, you get:
• 1 side plaza ticket to the musical
• 2 drinks & appetizers
• Janet Jackson and Ke$ha ticket giveaways
• Drag Showtune Showdown & Broadway Trivia hosted by local celebrity emcees
• Costume contest & photos with Pegasus.
In addition, there will be Xanadu-themed events at the following places:
Missie B’s Dirty Dorothy Xanadu Night — Aug. 10
Lux Xtreme Xanadu Dance Party — Aug. 12
KC Roller Warriors Half-Time Performance — Aug. 13
Hamburger Mary’s Glam Maryoke — Aug. 15
Four Freedoms Democrats endorses Sarah Gillooly
Four Freedoms Democrats is endorsing Sarah Gillooly for the 39th District Missouri House of Representatives seat. The seat was vacated recently by Jean Peters Baker, who was appointed Jackson County prosecutor when Jim Kanatzar left the office to take an appointment as judge in the county’s Circuit Court.
“Sarah Gillooly is exceedingly qualified to fill the role of representative for the 39th District,” said Jim MacDonald, president of Four Freedoms. “Her experience in political advocacy — first as field organizer for PROMO and then as lobbyist for Planned Parenthood — will make her an effective voice in Jefferson City for residents of the 39th District.”
If elected, Gillooly would be only one of four out gay or lesbian officeholders in Missouri’s General Assembly.
“Given the hostile position on LGBT issues held by many members of the General Assembly, it is critical that there continue to be an LGBT presence in the state legislature,” MacDonald said. Because Jeanette Mott-Oxford will retire in 2012 due to term limits, Gillooly would be the only out lesbian in the Missouri House.
The Jackson County Democratic Committee will choose the Democratic nominee for a fall special election, to be called by Gov. Nixon. Given the heavily Democratic performance of the 39th District in past elections, the Democratic nominee will be the likely winner in the fall election.
“We call upon the Jackson County Democratic Committee to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that the people of the 39th District are represented by a highly qualified progressive leader,” said MacDonald. “We realize there are other well-qualified candidates who could fill the seat. However, the choice of Sarah Gillooly would send a powerful signal of support to progressive voters who care about women’s rights and LGBT equality.”
I spoke with Gillooly, whom I have known for several years in her role as the Kansas City regional field organizer for PROMO and in her current role with Planned Parenthood.
She told me, “I think our LGBT community is incredibly diverse in terms of the organizations that we belong to or businesses that we support. I think that I’m really committed to talking to as many members of our community as possible to see what their concerns and interests are. I know that members of our community are really concerned about a non-discrimination bill in the legislature or bullying legislation. But I know other members of our community are more concerned about protection of the social services programs. I’m really looking forward to getting more input from the community about the issues that matter to us, not just gay-specific issues, but issues that impact our daily lives.”
A visit to the White House
Dan Nilsen and Michael Lintecum were guests at the White House on June 29 as participants in the Obama administration’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month, and Lintecum shared a report about their visit. He said their day included an LGBT Pride policy briefing, where administration officials gave issue updates to about 80 LGBT community leaders from across the country. Topics included Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, LGBT health and Department of Health and Human Services initiatives, HIV/AIDS; international LGBT administration efforts, and LGBT housing initiatives.
Later that evening, Nilsen and Lintecum attended the President and Michelle Obama’s White House reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. About 150 people attended, and the President spoke to the guests for about 25 minutes. He thanked them for their work on various issues and initiatives affecting LGBT communities across the nation and touted the achievements made by his administration.
Late last year, Nilsen, the CEO and co-founder of Bishop-McCann in Kansas City, was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo LGBT Business Owner of the Year award. He has consistently supported local LGBT issues and organizations through sharing his volunteer time, energy and financial commitment. Lintecum served as co-producer in 1995 of our local Pride celebration, as state finance/fundraising director for the 2004 “No on 2” gay marriage campaign, and has served as events director of AIDS Walk Kansas City for nearly 19 years.
Human Rights Campaign
The HRC Equality Bus is on a 12-week tour of the country, and it will be in Kansas City and Lawrence Aug. 26-28. Look for more details on Camp’s Facebook page (Camp Kansas City) and www.hrc.org/15779.htm.
AIDS Walk Royals Game
AIDS Walk held its first HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the K on July 24, and from what I hear, it was a great success. The event was sponsored by Starbucks, and an opening tailgate party was hosted by Mac Apartments. Unfortunately, the Royals lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, but it was still a winning day for AIDS awareness at this great first event.
Heartland Men’s Chorus at the opening of Kauffman Center
On its Facebook page, the chorus reports: “We are very excited to announce that HMC has been invited to perform for the Grand Opening Open House at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, September 18. We will sing at 3:40 p.m. in the beautiful and acoustically perfect Helzberg Hall. The open house is free to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Come join us!”
Chill Out with the Women’s Center
Brenda Bethman of the UMKC Women’s Center notified me about an informative meet-and-greet on Monday, Aug. 22, with free smoothies. They’re calling it “Chill Out with the Women’s Center” and they say, “Stop by for a cool drink and find out why the Women’s Center is a great place to relax, meet friends and make a difference.”
Chill Out with the Women’s Center
Women’s Center, 5120 Rockhill Rd., 105 Haag Hall
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Aug. 22
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org