This special issue of Camp features our annual Missouri Gay Rodeo Association’s Show Me State Rodeo, scheduled for the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, and that’s just part of another great month of activities in the Kansas City LGBT community. We’re also featuring information on the Sept.10 Latino Gay Pride festival. And it’s not too late to register and ride in the Sept. 11 AIDS Bicycle Challenge, as well. Just go to www.aidsbicyclechallenge.org. You can read more about this ride, including our August cover story, on www.campkc.com.
Pride releases festival financials
Show Me Pride has released their financials for the June 2011 festival and posted them on their website, gaypridekc.com. As they predicted in “Watch for Changes at the Pride Festival,” an article in the May issue of Camp, holding the event at the Power & Light District all weekend did save a significant amount of money.
They report a net profit of $8,654, which can now be applied to the advance costs for the 2012 festival. Based on a recent community forum held between Show Me Pride and the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Pride has decided to hold next year’s festival at the Power & Light, too.
Rick Bumgardner, president of Show Me Pride, says he knows they can make improvements for the 2012 festival based on what they learned this year, and they’re open to discussing those changes at any of their open meetings each month. In a letter to the community on the Pride website, Bumgardner writes, “Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at Spirit of Hope MCC at 7 p.m. Please join us and become an integral part of your community. Start letting us hear your voice today … not in April or May after the decisions have been made.”
They are also discussing working with LGCC to move the May picnic to the Pride weekend at a park near the P&L.
Previous Pride organizations in Kansas City over the years have shared a legacy of having trouble paying the bills or barely breaking even. Bumgardner reports that even in the three years that he’s been managing the event, it’s been difficult. The 2010 festival barely made a net profit of $1,000. The previous year – 2009 — left thousands of dollars in debt that he and the Pride organization had to work to pay off.
Changing from a park setting such as Penn Valley Park or Richard Berkley Riverfront Park to more of a street festival at the Power & Light District certainly drew some critics. But the financial report clearly shows that the event was more financially successful at the P&L. Bumgardner has also included a link in his letter to a list of other cities that have their Pride festivals as street festivals, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, St. Louis, Nashville and Philadelphia.
The Pride financial report and 2012 plans can be found at www.gaypridekc.com. If you are interested in volunteering or heading up committees, this is the time to attend the monthly meetings and make your opinion count.
Block Party at Spirit of Hope
From 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, Spirit of Hope MCC (3801 Wyandotte St.) will transform its parking lot into a big Homecoming Block Party. A bounce house and a creative play area are planned for the kids, along with a dunk tank for the adults, a food booth and plenty of information booths. Each food items will be only $1. Look for hot dogs, burritos, chips, sodas and more. The Mid-America Freedom Band will perform a 30-minute concert, and the Spirit of Hope Music Department will have a stage, with the Praise Band, choirs and soloists playing and singing throughout the night. The event is free, with free parking at the Walgreens store and McDonalds restaurant on Broadway. Security on-site at both locations will help you park. For information, call 816-931-0750 during regular office hours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Coalition to host ‘Welcoming: The Event’
The Kansas City Coalition of Welcoming Ministries is hosting a special event that’s open to the public at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church. An evening of information-sharing will feature special speaker Minister Gerald Palmer with Word for the Soul Ministries and other affirming ministry leaders and pastors. Refreshments will be served. Topics will include the Clergy Collegium for pastors and clergy of affirming ministries, how to become welcoming, and how to network through the coalition. Trinity United Methodist is at 620 E. Armour Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo.
Outfest 2011: Unity in the Community
Sponsored by LGCC-KC, Show Me Pride and UMKC, this annual event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the UMKC Student Union, 51st and Cherry Streets, Kansas City, Mo.
Outfest will include entertainment, LGBTQIA-supportive exhibitor tables, educational sessions,
free HIV testing, raffle drawings and more.
That evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., will be the 2nd annual Rooftop Dance for all ages, with more entertainment.
For more information, or to purchase an exhibitor table, visit www.lgcckc.org or join their Facebook page, Lesbian-Gay-Community-Center-of Greater Kansas City.
A Toast to Freedom
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will celebrate the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the end of legal discrimination in the U.S. military on Sept. 20 with “A Toast To Freedom.”
Attending the event will be State Sen. Jolie Justus, Dr. Beth Schissel of Kansas City, who 10 years ago was forced out of the military under DADT, and others who have been impacted by DADT and/or have been involved in repealing it. State and local LGBT organizations, including PROMO and Four Freedoms Democratic Club are also hosts of the event.
A Toast to Freedom will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Bistro 303, 303 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo. Doug Gray will be the host.
The group asks those who attend to consider a donation to the cause and to RSVP at http://www.sldn.org/page/event/detail/w3t
Equality Forum’s LGBT History Month
October is LGBT History Month. The 2011 public service announcement and preview videos are online at www.equalityforum.com.
Each day in October, an icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other free educational resources. These will be available at www.lgbtHistoryMonth.com.
High schools, colleges, community centers and other organizations can create for free an LGBT History Month exhibit by downloading from the site.
“In its sixth year, there will be an inspiring 186 Icons with resources on the site. The 31 Icons for 2011 include four youth, three transgender leaders, seven international Icons, six Oscar, Tony and Emmy winners, activists as well as legends Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Wanda Sykes,” stated Malcolm Lazin, founder of LGBT History Month.
LGBT History Month was launched in 2006 with 20 organizations having a link on their websites. In 2010, more than 700 organizations and educational institutions had a link, making LGBT History Month the largest LGBT collaboration. In 2006, there were fewer than 100,000 web hits. In 2010, the site had 6 million hits (6,000% increase) and 260,000 unique visitors.
In 2010, the federal government recognized the project with Secretary Arne Duncan launching LGBT History Month ceremonies at the U.S. Department of Education.
Paula Poundstone in concert
For a taste of this comedian’s humor, watch her perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $24.50-$44.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.follytheater.com. Now a regular guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, Poundstone has a legion of fans who have followed her career on television. Her press release states: “Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend.”
Therapists’ Guild to meet
In an article on counseling in the August issue of Camp, we featured the LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild. Its next meeting is Sept. 15 at Brookside Conference Room, UMKC Administrative Center, 5115 Oak St.
Guild meetings are open to all mental and medical health professionals, agency professionals and students-in-training. The quarterly meetings are held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of a selected month between September and May.
The September meeting topic will be “HIV and the LGBT Community: From Initial Diagnosis to Identity Integration,” presented by Mark McCarthy, LPC. Here is the schedule:
8-8:30 a.m. — Networking and Referrals
8:15-8:30 a.m. — Upcoming Guild Event planning and Advocacy Issues
8:30-9:30 a.m. — LGBT Educational Training (CEU/CME credited in-service training)
For more information, visit www.lgbtguild.com.